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Product Details

  • Paperback: 198 pages
  • Publisher: Open Letter; Reprint edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934824356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934824351
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,396,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kristín Ómarsdóttir has published books of poetry, short stories, and novels. She received Griíman, the Icelandic playwright award, in 2005 for her play Tell Me Everything.

Lytton Smith is a poet and translator, and a founding member of Blind Tiger Poetry. His book, The All-Purpose Magical Tent was published by Nightboat. His poems and reviews have appeared in such publications as The Atlantic, The Believer, and Boston Review.


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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Karli on April 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Children in Reindeer Woods is a strange, "modern fable" that tells the story of Billie, an 11 year old girl, and Rafael, who abandons his duties as a soldier to live as a farmer at Children in Reindeer Woods (a temporary children's home). Unfortunately, Rafael had to murder the other inhabitants of the farmhouse and several other soldiers to do so, but for some reason, he spared Billie. The rest of the story is told as Billie perceives the events, and is a harrowing portrayal of stark violence contrasted with childlike innocence. Translated from Icelandic, this is Kristín Ómarsdóttir's first novel to be released in English.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By las cosas on November 15, 2012
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"On the east side, beside the gate, a pebbledash table is set into the earth. The woman with the red tray heads there. The breeze tugs at the edge of her skirt. The people stand in front of the soldiers, who shuffle their feet in the gravel. One of the soldiers shoots the woman with the tray. The milk bottle and glasses shatter. The coffee pot clatters to the ground. Blood runs from the woman's eyes as she grips the tray tightly and falls; she lies face down in the grass as if resting peacefully on a pillow, and the blood leaks across it." (from the book's first paragraph)

The entire book reads like this. A flat telling of a fable, or the defense mechanism of a person so deeply disturbed by events that he or she can not longer feel. In this case, either or both explanations seem plausible. This is a story of a soldier who arrives one day at a farm in the middle of a war zone. He is with two other soldiers and at the farm are two adults and three children. A total of eight people. Minutes later there are two: Billie an eleven year old girl and Rafael, one of the soldiers. Rafael has never been on a farm before, never seen live chickens or cows. Has no understanding of how you grow and tend things. But he is smitten and decides to trade the life of a soldier for that of a farmer. First he must dig a grave and bury the six bodies. Then scrub down the walls and floor of blood and guts. Then he and Billie can figure out how to live a life on the farm.

But other people arrive, and they, of course, must be killed. Killing is apparently the only skill Rafael has been taught, and it is hard to unlearn. Billie is unaffected by all the gore.
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This is not a book for the faint of heart. It begins with senseless murders and gets more strange by the moment. Yet one is drawn by the situation and characters to find out more. The book is well written and very thought provoking.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kate on June 3, 2012
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This is undoubtly the most unusual, interesting book I have ever read! It brilliance caught me completely off guard! Fascinating and quirky beyond description! Be prepared to be astounded!
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Toman on July 5, 2012
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Very disappointed in Children in Reindeer Woods. No story line, and not what I expected after having read the reviews. Love Amazon, but not this book.
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