or not you have ever walked over Iceland's haunted landscape or
simply been curious about what it has been like to survive in a
country whose volcanoes periodically destroy homes and farmland,
this book will interest you. Drawing on twenty-four years of living
in Iceland and her training in the social sciences and languages,
Terry G. Lacy has produced an enjoyable
and highly informative portrait of Icelanders through the ages.
Modern Icelanders come alive in episodes that follow an Icelandic
family through a typical year, with their wry sense of humor intact.
Other chapters show how to survive the erratic weather and the unstable
geology. The book traces Icelandic history from 9th century Norse
settlement with the establishment of one of the world's earliest
democracies and describes the difficulties in later centuries, culminating
with Iceland's present-day economic and artistic achievements. The
author succeeds admirably in presenting a lively and intelligent
introduction to Icelanders and Icelandic culture, the next best
thing to a real visit.
How to order a copy:
Ring of Seasons (published 1998) is available in hardcover
It can be ordered from Amazon.com or directly from the University
of Michigan Press.
In the UK, your bookseller can order the book from the agent Plymbridge.
In Iceland, it should be ordered from the University of Iceland