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An Iceland Fisherman

Pierre Loti

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. . .e nothing else but what seemed two trails of green Bengal lights, running on each side before the horses, and which were merely the beams that the two lanterns projected on the never-ending hedges of the roadway. But how was it that trees were so green in the month of December? Astonished at first, she bent to look out, and then she remembered how the gorse, the evergreen gorse of the paths and the cliffs, never fades in the country of Paimpol. At the same time a warmer breeze began to blow, which she knew again and which smelt of the sea.

Towards the end of the journey she had been quite awakened and amused by the new notion that struck her, namely: "As this is winter, I shall see the famous fishermen of Iceland."

For in December they were to return, the brothers, cousins, and lovers of whom all her friends, great and small, had spoken to her during the long summer evening walks in her holiday trips. And the thought had haunted her, though she felt. . . Read More

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Este libro tiene un algo peculiar, quizá sea el encanto, la ingenuidad de las historias de antaño con su entrañable sencillez. Se trata de una historia de amor, una simple historia de amor aldeano que, al menos a mi, me trasladó a otra época en la que los barcos navegaban a vela y el ritmo de la...more

La amistad, la aventura, el amor...
La espera.
El dolor.
Este libro es una perla. Las descripciones y los paisajes son sencillamente increíbles; es el impresionismo hecho literatura.

Μια γλυκόπικρη θαλασσινή και ανθρώπινη ιστορία. Λόγος απλός, λυρικός και ταξιδιαρικος. Δύσκολο πράγμα να είσαι ψαράς σε εκείνα τα νερά και ακόμα πιο δύσκολο για αυτούς που μένουν πίσω...more

Συνήθως τα πολύ περιγραφικά βιβλία δεν με εντυπωσιάζουν και θεωρώ ότι υπονομεύουν την αφήγηση.Ο Λοτί με τις περιγραφές της φύσης που συνδυάζονται αρμονικά και οργανικά με τα αφηγηματικά μέρη δημιουργεί ένα μυθιστόρημα σαν ιμπρεσιονιστικό καμβά.Η θεματολογία του; Έντονα ανθρωπινη, ο θάνατος που κα...more

Μέσα σ'αυτήν την οιονεί αυγή που γεννιόταν, τα μάτια άνοιγαν περισσότερο και το πνεύμα, πιο ζωηρό, συλλαμβανε καλύτερα την απεραντοσύνη των οριζόντων• τότε τα όρια του ορατού διαστήματος απομακρύνονταν ακόμα περισσότερο, σαν να τρεπονταν σε αέναη φυγή.

Η ερωτική επαφή με την θάλασσα και τους ανθρώ...more

This book is a sneaker. It seems like a simple story, written quite simply as well. But there was something in it that reminded me of Victor Hugo. Big themes. Really big themes for seemingly average characters. The pattern of lives. Someone said in their review that they knew what was going to ha...more

“Un de ces jours, oui, je ferai mes noces, mais avec aucune des filles du pays ; non, moi, ce sera avec la mer, et je vous invite tous, ici tant que vous êtes, au bal que je donnerai...” Mots fatals de Yann, l’islandais, dits à ses compagnons de navire. Ils ne sont pas sincères, puisqu’il aime dé...more

Why this is considered Loti's masterpiece is beyond me. I'm assuming what strengths he has lie in nonfiction travel writing, because his characterization and plotting are abysmal. I knew pretty much from the beginning what was going to happen, and the characters were so flat I didn't care. Not on...more

This is the kind of book that is hard to put down and when you do, you can't stop thinking about it. The plot is simple. A group of Breton fishermen who get their living off the coasts of Iceland, and their families who are left behind for most of the year waiting, watching...and praying .

Most of...more

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