By Halldor Laxness
The Fish Can Sing is one in all Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness’s so much liked novels, a poignant coming-of-age story marked together with his strange mixture of sunshine irony and darkish humor.
The orphan Alfgrimur has spent an idyllic formative years sheltered within the uncomplicated turf cottage of a beneficiant and whimsical aged couple. Alfgrimur goals simply of changing into a fisherman like his adoptive grandfather, until eventually he meets Iceland's largest star. The opera singer Gardar Holm’s foreign reputation is a resource of super satisfaction to tiny, insecure Iceland, notwithstanding nobody there has ever heard him sing. A mysterious guy who normally avoids his place of birth and again and again fails to accomplish for his adoring countrymen, Gardar takes a specific curiosity in Alfgrimur’s budding musical expertise and urges him to search out the realm past the only he understands and loves. yet as Alfgrimur discovers that Gardar isn't what he turns out, he starts off to confront the problem of discovering his personal course with no turning his again on the place he got here from.
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I mentioned this to my grandfather one day when we happened to be alone in the living-room. ” I asked. “Here in Brekkukot we know this clock only very slightly,” he replied. “We only know that it tells the days and the hours right down to seconds. But your grandmother’s great-uncle, who owned this clock for sixty-five years, told me that the previous owner had said that it once told the phases of the moon—before some watchmaker got at it. ” “You must be hearing things, my child,” said my grandfather.
28 THE FISH CAN SING 4 WHAT IS THE VALUE OF THE BIBLE? I have now said something about fish, but I have not said anything yet about the Bible. I cannot leave this subject without referring briefly to the price of the Bible in our house. My grandfather Björn of Brekkukot was no bookman. I never knew him to read anything other than the family Book of Sermons by Bishop Jón Vídalín—unless one counts that he sometimes ran his eye over the advertisements in the Ísafold. He read aloud from Vídalín every Sunday just after noon.
And so, when the wind was right, you could hear two bells chiming in harmony in our little turf cottage, the one of silver and the other of copper. Our clock had a decorated face, and in the middle of the ornamentation one could read the legend that this clock had been made by Mr James Cowan of Edinburgh, 1750. It had no doubt been built to stand in some other house than Brekkukot, for its plinth had had to be removed so that it could fit under our ceiling. This clock ticked to a slow and stately measure, and I soon got the notion that no A S T R A N G E C R E AT U R E 7 other clock was worth taking seriously.
The Fish Can Sing by Halldor Laxness