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The Fish Can Sing
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0307386058, Paperback)The Fish Can Sing is one of Nobel Prize winner Halldór Laxness’s most beloved novels, a poignant coming-of-age tale marked with his peculiar blend of light irony and dark humor.
The orphan Alfgrimur has spent an idyllic childhood sheltered in the simple turf cottage of a generous and eccentric elderly couple. Alfgrimur dreams only of becoming a fisherman like his adoptive grandfather, until he meets Iceland's biggest celebrity. The opera singer Gardar Holm’s international fame is a source of tremendous pride to tiny, insecure Iceland, though no one there has ever heard him sing. A mysterious man who mostly avoids his homeland and repeatedly fails to perform for his adoring countrymen, Gardar takes a particular interest in Alfgrimur’s budding musical talent and urges him to seek out the world beyond the one he knows and loves. But as Alfgrimur discovers that Gardar is not what he seems, he begins to confront the challenge of finding his own path without turning his back on where he came from.
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General Adult. Growing up in the cottage of a generous elderly couple, orphan Alfgrimur wants nothing more than to pursue a career as a fisherman like his adoptive grandfather, until he encounters opera singer Gardar Holm, Icelands biggest celebrity, who encourages Alfgrimur to pursue his own destiny in the wider world. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
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