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Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland by [Moss, Sarah]
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Names for the Sea is Moss's memoir of her family's first year in Iceland, a journey from southern England to the nether reaches of the North Pole, and it is quite a ride. In fact, it s one of the most enjoyable travel books I ve read... What I was thrilled to read was the mundane oddness... It's hilarious in its unexpectedness, more like a dispatch from Gulliver than A Year in Provence... This is a work of humour, for sure, and I loved her puncturing of Icelanders tales of derring-do, the obsession with pride and shame. More than that, it's a work of strange intelligence that jars like poetry. So many passages made me pause, to long to read her two novels... Moss does eventually return, and Iceland is so odd it instantly starts to feel for her fictional. I feel the same about this book: it has beauty enough to feel fictional --The Times

A fascinating and unusual book, a genuine news from nowhere, the gripping account of one person thinking and perceiving for herself --Literary Review

Sarah Moss is an engaging, expressive writer, drawing dark humour from a year characterised by cold comfort. -- The List

'A wry memoir about a family who move to Iceland for a year in the aftermath of the financial crash. Moss discovers as much about herself as she does the Icelanders she writes about.' --Destination books this summer, Elle magazine

About the Author

SARAH MOSS was educated at Oxford University and is currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Warwick. She is the author of two novels; Cold Earth, and Night Waking, which was selected for the Fiction Uncovered Award in 2011, and the co-author of Chocolate: A Global History. She spent 2009-10 as a visiting lecturer at the University of Reykjavik.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 568 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Granta Books (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008F8GF3U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,882 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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