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Paradise reclaimed

Author: Halldór Laxness; Magnús Magnússon
Publisher: New York : Thomas Y. Crowell Company, [1962]
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A Mormon bishop convinces Steiner to leave his home in Iceland and move to 19th century Utah.
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Halldór Laxness, 1902-1998.
Paradise reclaimed.
New York, Crowell [1962]
(OCoLC)573173290
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Halldór Laxness; Magnús Magnússon
OCLC Number: 637674
Description: 253 pages ; 22 cm.
Other Titles: Paradísarheimt.
Responsibility: Halldor Laxness ; translated by Magnus Magnusson.

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A Mormon bishop convinces Steiner to leave his home in Iceland and move to 19th century Utah.

An idealistic Icelandic farmer journeys to Mormon Utah and back in search of paradise in this captivating novel by Nobel Prize winner Halldor Laxness. The quixotic hero of this long-lost classic is Steinar of Hlidar, a generous but very poor man who lives peacefully on a tiny farm in nineteenth-century Iceland with his wife and two adoring young children. When he impulsively offers his children's beloved pure-white pony to the visiting King of Denmark, he sets in motion a chain of disastrous events that leaves his family in ruins and himself at the other end of the earth, optimistically building a home for them among the devout polygamists in the Promised Land of Utah. By the time the broken family is reunited, Laxness has spun his trademark blend of compassion and comically brutal satire into a moving and spellbinding enchantment, composed equally of elements of fable and folkore and of the most humble truths.

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