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Stone Tree by [Elíasson, Gyrðir ]
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'In vivid and haunting prose, Eliasson shows how no man can be an island, as community intrudes upon their self-exile in the most unexpected ways.' --The Independent on Sunday

'I really enjoyed this book. Each little tidbit of a story whetted my appetite all the more. It was one of those books that I did not want to end. I wanted there to be more stories in which to immerse myself.' --Lögberg-Heimskringla

About the Author

Gyrðir Elíasson was born in 1961, and has been a full time writer almost all his adult life, well-known in Iceland for his poetry and novels as well as his short stories. His collection The Yellow House was awarded the Icelandic Literature Prize and the Halldor Laxnes Prize for Literature in 2000, and he has received numerous other nominations since. He is also a prolific translator of American literature into Icelandic, having translated four of Richard Brautigan's novels. In April 2011 he won the prestgious Nordic Council Literature Prize for his new short story collection, Milli trjánna (Among the Trees).

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 242 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008HUP7TY
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #381,952 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a fantastic collection of short stories by a new author to me. I have to agree with the other reviewer, who's review convinced me to buy the book in the first place, that the stories themselves have a very unsettling effect on the reader, particularly bringing out the feeling of isolation in the reader. No two stories are the same though and I found myself gripped from the first story, and although I enjoyed some more than others, all stories are written of an equal quality.
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This is a book to which I return time and time again. As much poetry as prose, these short (often short, short) stories have an unsettling effect on the reader, often featuring individuals who feel at odds with their own lives. They also summon up the isolation of much of Icelandic life; the characters immersed in a landscape in which they no longer fully belong. Many of the stories resonate long after you have finished reading them, making the reader wonder why they worked so powerfully.

It would be wonderful to see more of this writer's work translated into English.
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HASH(0x9fb95f24) out of 5 stars Evocative Icelandic Short Stories 18 Oct. 2014
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This book is made up of many short tales. It is difficult to say anything about them without being a spoiler due to their short length.

For the first half, I thought the stories were unremittingly bleak. However, I realized at that point that I was missing the point by looking for plot or detailed character studies. These stories are meticulously crafted to portray the landscapes of Iceland: bleak, harsh, and unforgiving. The author says it well in one story entitled The Lost Grimms' Fairytale, "there's no paradise without a serpent". Some of the stories could almost be described as prose poems for the way they use description of things to evoke emotions in the reader while leaving enough unsaid to allow the reader to use their own imagination to complete the tale.

I would have given this book 3.5 stars if I could but I rounded down due to some of the stories not being up to the quality of the rest of the book. However, as it was part of the Kindle Unlimited program,it was definitely worth the two hours of my time.
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