It is not easy to describe this book, whose protagonist is Jónas Pálmason, a talented healer, natural scientist, and poet in a backward and superstitious 17th century Iceland, who has been exiled to a barren island by his envious and powerful enemies. We hear of his trials and tribulations, but also of his triumphs and joyful discoveries. There is also an interesting episode about the massacre of Spanish whalers, which is based on historical fact.
It is simply marvellous, and perfectly matches the Iceland of my imagination. Highly recommended.
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