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A ripening of a young ethnologist in a multicultural world.
on September 9, 1997
Johnathan, a graduate anthropology student, undertakes a new life on the remote Faroes--a near arctic archipelago southeast of Iceland. In this culturally alien setting, he cuts his teeth on myriad folk encounters, from supernatural to prosaic. Besieged by interminable frustration, he slowly learns--at the pace of continental drift--to accept life as it comes. Johnathan's foibles strike universal chords, thus transporting us into his story. Plus, he's great to laugh at. Never satisfied, he worries himself silly.
Kaysen's lucid style telescoped me into Johnathan's vivid psychological world, and delighted me many times over with a smorgasbord of delicious surprises. I only give it a nine because I just finished; I need time to fully digest its substantial rewards before I could say that it's perfect. But, it may very well be