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  • I love this book. It is an unfolding wonder of artistic vision and skill - one of the best books of the 20th century. I can't imagine any greater delight than coming to Independent People for the first time

    Jane Smiley
  • Laxness is a poet who writes to the edge of the pages, a visionary who allows a plot: he takes a Tolstoyan overview, he weaves in an Evelyn Waugh-like humour: It is not possible to be unimpressed

    Fay Weldon on her 'Book of the Century', Daily Telegraph
  • Marvellously fluent and unaffected... one of the most original and skilfully written novels of the 20th century

    Times Literary Supplement
  • There are good books and there are great books and there may be a book that is something still more: it is the book of your life

    New York Review of Books
  • Do yourself a favour and read Independent People. Opening this book is like opening a chest of treasures. Reading this book is like taking the treasures out and appreciating them, savouring them, one by one, sentence by sentence. This is the kind of novel that reminds you how glad you are that you learned to read in the first place

    Chicago Tribune

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