Guðmundur Friðjónsson

Perhaps it is because I have been working with several large grain organisations recently, and also did some December research on automated feeding systems for cattle, but when I stumbled upon this story about farmers living through hard times in Iceland in the early 1900’s, I found it fascinating. The story revolves around just a few central characters, and portrays their individual ethical dilemma’s well. From a modern perspective, the dialogue seems a little awkward (or perhaps that’s the translation), and the ending, well, I’ll let you decide on that, but the characterisation and the picture of the life and choices are beautifully done. Like any art form, the short story evolves, but there is still much to be seen and admired in these classic tales.

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