Heaven and Hell, Hardback
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In a remote part of Iceland, a boy and his friend Bardur join a boat to fish for cod.

A winter storm surprises them out at sea and Bardur who has forgotten his waterproof as he was too absorbed in "Paradise Lost", succumbs to the ferocious cold and dies.

Appalled by the death and by the fishermen's callous ability to set about gutting the fatal catch, the boy leaves the village, intending to return the book to its owner.

The extreme hardship and danger of the journey is of little consequence to him - he has already resolved to join his friend in death.

But once in the town he immerses himself in the stories and lives of its inhabitants, and decides that he cannot be with his friend just yet.

Set at the turn of the twentieth century, Heaven and Hell is a perfectly formed, vivid and timeless story, lyrical in style, and as intense a reading experience as the forces of the Icelandic landscape themselves.

An outstandingly moving novel.




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One of the best books I have ever read. This book is heart-wrenching, awesomely beautiful and deeply literary. It is a book for book-lovers, about book lovers, about lovers, about books, about the sea and its depths, about loss and the despair of youth, about everything. it was recommended to me by a woman I met in a cafe in Reykjavik. Thank you, the secret author somewhere in a Belgian government legal HRs Dept.

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