She is successful in making him feel an obligation to her, and although she was is an older, worn-out woman, who has no understanding at all of art or poetry, Ólafur honors his commitment to her. His sympathy was invariably with the underdog. It seems to me to be an attempt by one man, Olaf, who is a sensitive soul in this insensitive world, to find beauty and truth. The mellowing effects of simple aging may have had something to do with it. Through pity, unnatural desires, lack of work prospects, possible war with the Danes, political turmoil, unions, bereavement, the disintegration of the fishing industry to outside powers, life is a constant struggle, and the last thing the people need right now is the ramblings of a simple minded poet.
Want er is enorm veel te bewonderen aan Laxness, die in elk boek zichzelf weer opnieuw uitvond en van elk nieuw boek iets totaal onverwachts, unieks en prachtigs maakte. Yet from the earliest period to the latest it is possible to detect the same basic themes in his books. Ólafur is a poet or at least he aspires to be one, and he never really does anything else , fascinated from an early age by writing and literature, and finding a greater truth in a supernatural world rather than his actual mundane existence. In 1955 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Life in Iceland is tough enough where the poor are extremely poor and the rich are only a better off - they are just better at bluffing. If you read only one novel, start with. As he regains health, Ólafur finds his destiny as The Poet.
I was inspired to write this review after scanning the last ten books I've read and realizing that this is one my mind keeps returning to. The indifference and contempt of most of the people around him only reinforces his sense of destiny, for in Iceland poets are as likely to be scorned as they are to be revered. But my god, the man can write. We first meet Olafur by the shore, mournfully staring into the sea, and it is quickly established that he is a sensitive boy who, physically and emotionally, cannot meet the demands of working on a farm or even those of interacting with the boorish people who have taken him in; he is, rather, more drawn to nature, in which, he believes, God manifests himself. Now, I like this kind of thing, generally speaking, so nothing I have written so far ought to be construed as major criticism.
De humor amuseerde mij mateloos, de lyriek vond ik prachtig, de raadselachtige combinatie van beide vond ik oneindig intrigerend. Εγκατάλειψη, φτώχεια και διαμονή σε μια οικογένεια που τον μεταχειρίζεται σαν σκλάβο ενώ η ενασχόλησή του με την ποιητική τέχνη θεωρείται κάτι σαν αρρώστια. This was an Indian summer whose angling northern sunlight invested the most earthbound objects in his books—stone walls, turf huts, paving stones, spindly trees—with a clement and redemptive glow. This is the 2nd-best book I've read this year. Ο ποιητής καταφέρνει να φύγει απο εκεί και να ξεκινήσει μια νέα ζωή σε ένα μέρος που αρχικά φαίνεται φιλόξενο.
Outstanding book that reads like Joyce and Voltaire combined with Iceland as its setting. Attempts to obtain better working conditions fail. In fact, by part three I was really quite tired of him. He is guided by Reimar the poet, the most popular in the region. And Laxness writes with a certain level of cynicism that makes this book out of the ordinary. The Icelandic allusions Wasn't the easiest book I've ever read. No rags to riches tale here only harshness and poverty, for the poor old folk of Iceland he would cause much controversy.
He is sent to prison for a year in the South of the country and on his release he meets a young woman on the ferry. Among other well known works by Laxness are World Light 1937-40 , The Atom Station 1948 , The Fish Can Sing 1957 and Paradise Reclaimed 1960. There are themes of corruption and nationalism as well as spritualism and religion, but they are all looked at through the out-of-step mind and eyes of Olafur the folk-poet, his views and reactions to events continue to throw curves. What is the message to be obtained? Following the life of the poet called Olafur Karason, in its different stages, the book opens up different views and stages of Iceland too. In prison, he has a vision of his perfect soulmate, this vision is transferred to a young woman he meets while boarding the trawler that is returning him to his village.
On one level Olafur is easy to figure out; he was mistreated early in life and so seeks to avoid confrontation. These two books are something on another level altog This is the 2nd-best book I've read this year. En de andere vier zijn op zijn minst ook prachtig. Confirmed a Catholic in 1923, he later moved away from religion and for a long time was sympathetic to Communist politics, which is evident in his novels and. Door dat alles las ik alle 800 bladzijden opgetogen en goedgehumeurd. His relationships are full of anguish, set against a backdrop of a harsh, impoverished Icelandic society, in which only the man who makes compromises with those in power seems to succeed. Or maybe the change is best understood as another phase in a protracted artistic evolution: Laxness was a peripatetic soul, both physically and artistically, whose literary career was marked by sharp veerings and departures.
Despite being superficially a book about poetry and poets and the search for beauty, and so forth, World Light is, without a doubt, really a political novel. As an unloved foster child on a farm in rural Iceland, Olaf Karason has only one consolation: the belief that one day he will be a great poet. His foster family give up on him and arrange for him to be moved on. However hard the knocks; Olafur looks for something beyond, he has moments of extreme happiness, his spiritual life enables him to cope on a more worldly level. Enjoyable, and at times beautiful, this book really struck a chord with me. As he starts to mature his one true dream and ambition will always be poetry, no matter what.