This highly amusing and unorthodox travel book resulted from a light-hearted summer journey by the young poets Auden and MacNeice in. Letters from Iceland [W.H. Auden, Louis MacNeice] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. This highly amusing and unorthodox travel book. This is a page review copy hardback book with dust jacket titled LETTERS FROM ICELAND by and Louis MacNeice. Published by Random.

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Letters from Iceland

Art is long and life is short or Bfe is short and art is long. Eliot at Xuden in Now we were passing through a district of terminal moraines which looked too like the illustrations in a geo- graphy text book to be real. Crying went out and the cold bath came in, With drains, bananas, bicycles, and tin.

And so to-day at Grimsby men whose Hves Are warped in Arctic trawlers load and unload The shining tons of fish to keep the lords Of the market happy with cigars and cars. They come in train-loads to the Lakes, and swarms Of pupil-teachers study him in Storings.

To browse round counters of dead books, to pore On picture catalogues and Soho menus. We devoured with difiGlculty our eggs and cream, but had no sooner dismissed our plates, than half a sheep, well roasted, came on with a mess of sorrel called by the Danes, scurvy-grass, boiled, mashed and sweetened with sugar.

Reykjavik is the worst possible sort of provincial town as far as amusing oneself is concerned, and there was nothing to do but soak in the only hotel with a license; at ruinous expense.


In the movie “Away From Her,” a brilliantly written story and well directed and beautifully acted drama about a man losing his wife to Alzheimer Disease, there are several scenes where he reads to her these beautiful, poetic excerpts from this aiden German is also useful. For the world is, and the present, and the lie. Parnassus after all is not a mountain, Reserved for A.

Einersen, who were kept in confinement, the former for one night, the latter for eight or ten days. In —61 he was Professor of Poetry at Oxford; his lectures were popular with students and faculty and served as the basis of his prose collection The Dyer’s Hand. How are things where you come from? They seemed to have been there a long time.

It didn’t exactly teach me much about Iceland as despite the fact it is nominally a travel book, it is almost 80 years out of date and not gives no useful guidance. Have set a rapid pace, and make me go it. Amusing but probably not quite what people expected from a travel book, if that’s what it is! On expedi- tions I always wore flaimel trousers and pyjamas imder my riding breeches, and two shirts and a golf-jacket and a coat under my oilskiu.

And the font is terrible. The proprietor is a nice man who tells me that he is a practical idealist and that his children have perfect charac- ters.

Letters from Iceland by W.H. Auden

He has a hospital here and is very interested in cancer, the recent increase of which in Iceland he attributes to imported foods and too much sugar. Most of the novels ieland any standing are translated into G-erman and the other Scandinavian lan- guages.


Lawrence; Gide, though I didn’t know it then, gave part. This hotel is all right, but not up to your standard of course. We shall be back there soon, to stand in queues For entertainment and to work at desks. There was one long song about a person called Melakoff audn I gather drank brandy and revived when the doctor began to dissect him.

Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition. Most of his bits are him complaining about the soup which, in fairness, does sound a bit odd – hot marzipan flavour? And many times to come, be sure of that.

Letters from Iceland | work by Auden and MacNeice |

I spent a very miserable ixeland week here, for all the people I had introductions to were away. Clothes ajid Equipment 1 The most essential article is a pair of stout pmboots, but with smooth soles or they get caught in the stirrups. Perhaps my boldness may rather surprise my readers. Drive on the left.