- 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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Daughter of Fire: A Portrait of Iceland Paperback – 1976
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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.
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.