Viktor is an aspiring writer with only Misha, his pet penguin, for company. Although he would prefer to write short stories, he earns a living composing obituaries for a newspaper. But when he opens the newspaper to see his work in print for the first time, his pride swiftly turns to terror.
Abandoned as a baby, Alfgrimur is content to spend his days as a fisherman living in the turf cottage outside Reykjavik with the elderly couple he calls grandmother and grandfather. But the narrow horizons of Alfgrimur's idyllic childhood are challenged when he starts school and meets Iceland's most famous singer, the mysterious Garoar Holm.
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY RICHARD MABEYBy this time the 1910 oaks were ten years old and taller than both him and me. When you remembered that it had all emerged from the hands and spirit of this one man...you saw that men could be as efficient as God in other things beside destruction.