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Tony

It was OK, but I found it a little whiny in parts. Having lived in Japan and Australia, I found her first-world problems a little annoying at times...

A better book on Iceland I just read is Kári Gíslason's 'The Promise of Iceland', a fascinating memoir :)

Cornflower

That's interesting, Tony, and many thanks for the recommendation.
Having lived abroad with my family for a time, I recognised a lot of what Sarah Moss experienced.
I'm just about to read the final few pages, and I'm keen to see what her 'conclusion' - if there is one as such - will be.

Claire

As a very basic pattern person, the phrase "physical mantra, repetitive and monotonous" rings a bell. That sums up a lot of what a like about knitting. Plus it's good to have something nice at the end. On the wishlist.

Shirley Van Clay

I began knitting when I was eight years old. A LONG time ago when I was in university, I was knitting in my philosophy class -- nevertheless, paying close attention. The near-sighted professor, walking back and forth while lecturing, strode to the end of the platform and did an astonished double-take when he saw what I was doing. Apparently no multi-tasker (or Icelander) himself, he lowered my grade a notch.

Dark Puss

I cannot believe that you have written about Icelandic knitting without mentioning the amazing trio that are the Icelandic Love Corporation. I am especially fond of their crochet work for Bjork WildWomanWoodooGrannyDoilyCrochet.

Helen

I am dipping into this at the moment and enjoying it, but feel it reveals as much about her English middle class concerns (some of which i find hard to identify with) as it does about Iceland. Nonetheless it is an interesting picture of a year abroad and trying to understand another culture.

Rosie

I enjoyed the book and was fascinated by the attitudes to secondhand goods. (Not to mention being quite taken aback by the way the needs of trolls etc are taken into account in the planning process).

adele geras

Have come to this very late indeed. I loved this book....I knew Sarah Moss as a small child and it's precisely her own concerns, middle class or not, which I liked about this book. It was very personal and sincerely felt! And written so well that it transported me there! Love the stuff you've put up about the knitting, Cornflower!

adele geras

I really must stop using so many exclamation marks. I am worse than Queen Victoria.

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