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Daughter of Fire: A Portrait of Iceland Paperback – 1976

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; 1st edition (1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316773255
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316773256
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,696,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have just finished reading this book a second time after 20 years. As before, I was again exhilarated by Scherman's broad brush strokes taking in the land, its history, literature, geology, flora and fauna.
Particularly well done are the chapter about NJALS SAGA, the greatest of the medieval family sagas. Yet I was also interested to find an excellent discussion of the EYRBYGGJA SAGA, which I have just finished reading. The first few chapters about the volcanic origin of the land, with the massive 1973 explosion of Eldfell on Heimaey and the recent birth of the nearby isle of Surtsey. Scherman is at her best in describing the feel of the land, such as the flood sands bordering Vatnajokull.
It is worth the trouble to find this superb book if you, like me, are planning to visit the land of fire and ice.
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Daughter of Fire tell a fascinating tale of volcanic activity, both geologic and historical,in the creation of modern Iceland.

The book predates the completion of the road that cicles the island, which gives the reader a better sense of the trouble it took to settle and survive in Iceland.
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I am thoroughly enjoying this book. Our ancestry is Icelandic and I had read several other books prior to this one. The author provides more descriptive details than the others regarding some historical events and conditions, but I would not have fully appreciated her comments had I not read the other books first. Could use more detailed maps as reference for each place she is describing. Written in 1976, it provides very detailed word descriptions of the landscape and especially the activity of all the birds. I am very glad I added this book to our Iceland collection.
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History plus overall description of all areas in Iceland. Emphasis on flora and fauna.For what it covers, it doesn't matter that it was written in early 1970's.
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