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Ring of Seasons: Iceland--Its Culture and History

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A remote island with a rich and ancient literature. A land of hot springs and volcanoes. A country with an extraordinary history, a challenging geography and a vibrant contemporary culture. A land of ice.

In Ring of Seasons, Terry Lacy--an American who has lived in Iceland for twenty-four years-- brings both the perspective of the outsider and the familiar eye of the long-t
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Paperback, 328 pages
Published December 26th 2000 by University of Michigan Press (first published 1998)
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Shawn
May 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Because of the high expense of travel, it makes sense to prepare ourselves with as much knowledge and information as possible, prior to emerging ourselves into another culture. This is the reason for my reading of Terry Lacy’s informative work: Ring of Seasons.

Iceland is a very hard and challenging place to live, with relatively frequent volcanic eruptions. Iceland sits atop the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the tectonic plates of Europe and North America rub together. Essentially, Iceland is a lan
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Samantha
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, 2012
A great look into the culture and history of Iceland. It's a little outdated, being published over 10 years ago, but the information in it is solid and still relevant. I loved the chapters offering a glimpse into the family's life, mostly centering on holidays and major events. The folklore chapters were really interesting as well!
Paulette
Mar 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommended reading in preparation for our trip to Iceland in August. It's written by an American living in Iceland. She tells about history, geography, and contemporary culture. Just what I wanted.
Michael Harris
Jun 19, 2011 rated it liked it
Read this in preparation for upcoming trip to Iceland. It was an easy and enjoyable read about the history, culture and people of Iceland. She made it look inviting to visit.
Alisha Erin
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
I love Iceland and I really liked this book. Some of the history was a little dry, but the cultural chapters were fabulous. I am dying to get over there.
Susan
Mar 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Lucid account starting with geologic time through the early 1990's, I am enjoying it!
Richard
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a strange book. It covers over a thousand years of Icelandic history, mythology, natural history, and culture in only 252 pages. Because so much is crammed into so few pages, events are viewed at a very high level. Things that could merit multiple chapters, if not an entire book, are covered in a single paragraph. Most of the chapters can be textbook dry, but they're mingled with stories from folklore and mythology, and with "Family" chapters in which the author relates her visits with a ...more
Leana
Dec 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
A wonderful history of Iceland which presents political and cultural information about the country. Since it's written by an American who has lived in Iceland since the 1970s (and happens to be my friend), it has a nice "outsider's" perspective.
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