Jul 24, 2008

My Library Turns 50

...it's trying to catch up with me.
If you check out the link to LibraryThing (on the right side of my blog page) you'll see that my collection of books from and about Iceland (fiction and nonfiction) has grown to fifty. It may inspire you to read some interesting books! Most of the books are reviewed in these pages; eventually they all will be.

10 comments:

Jon said...

Nice work! I will have to take advantage of your work. Its probably the best English/Icelandic reference this side of Winnipeg!

Shannon said...

Congrats! Are you back home now? Hope you had a great vacation!

Professor Batty said...

Whew! You've got me beat, especially in the Sagas. I bought Njal's Saga at Mals Og Menningar, but it is the Hollander translation. I do have an old paperback of Magnusson's translation of the Laxdæla Saga (Ketil flat-nose and Unn the deep-minded)- it's pretty good. Two reference books I have found to be useful are Viking Age Iceland by Jesse Byock (2001) and A History of Icelandic Literature by Stefán Einarsson (1957.) They really helped me make some kind of sense of it all.

Let's see now... there was something I had to do tonight, something to do with Iceland and blogging... OH! NOW I REMEMBER!

Bye!

Rose said...

You did me a huge favor, Batty. I meant that I had finished the book, not the review. I would have drawn out writing it much longer if I'd had more time because I'm a...p...p...procras...oh it sticks in my throat... Procrastinator! Thank goodness for deadlines ;-)

Shannon, yes, we're back--it was nice to be somewhere, for a little while, that wasn't humid and where screens weren't needed on windows!

Rose said...

Jon, at the risk of being ethnocentric--is there anything on the other side of Winnipeg? :-)

Rose said...

Thanks for the suggestions, Batty. Another one I like, which I have in my school library, not my personal library (yet...) is Sagas of the Norsemen, in the Time Life "Myth and Mankind" series. It has such wonderful pictures of artifacts...

Rose said...

And to be serious, Jon, I wish I had access to the collection at Cornell University. They have a FANTASTIC print and nonprint collection on Icelandic literature. Most of it doesn't loan out :-(

Jon said...

Hmmm. I know a librarian at Princeton and his wife is from Ithaca. Then there is the retired Cornell professor who spends summer up here. Maybe I can call in a favor or two, just maybe...

Rose said...

Actually, a good friend of mine is a librarian at Cornell. And even she hasn't been able to make the interlibrary loan rules "flexible" for me ;-(

Jon said...

Bummer!