Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Adelaide Advertiser and Sunday Times (Perth) reviews

Reviews of The Promise of Iceland have appeared in the Adelaide Advertiser and the Perth Sunday Times. The former, by Penelope Debelle, includes this comment:

Icelanders love their country so much they are homesick even when they are there. The sub-Arctic landscape exerts an almost irresistible pull on Kari Gislason, who was born in Iceland but grew up in Australia...Kari's story of repeated trips to Iceland, his career as an academic specialising in Nordic sagas, and his final meeting with his extended family of half brothers and sisters is a powerful memoir about landscape and identity.

(from the 'Weekend' lift-out in the Adelaide Advertiser, 3/9/11, p. 29)


The piece in the Perth Sunday Times (by Brisbane-based reviews editor Fran Metcalf) is in the form of an interview and extended summary of the book, and describes The Promise of Iceland as 'compelling' (see the 'Weekend' lift-out of the Sunday Times, 4/9/11, p. 19).