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Sunday, October 17, 2004

Independent People

I don't know whether to direct this to The Spectator or Stuttaford -- or both -- but you should read a book, or at least know something about it, before employing it to support an assertion. After all, the great irony of Independent People is how Bjartur's worldview, locked on independence, leaves two dead wives, a scattered family, and a wreckage for a life.

Despite the despondent theme, the book is wonderful, both for the Icelandic voice and the joyful humor. I strongly recommend it.

UPDATE: Laxness was actually a communist, which explains Independent People quite a bit. So, the NRO is now citing communists on their blog. What's next? Pat Buchanan as guest blogger on Kos?

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