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    The facts behind a cute poster are often complex. Rei has posted often about Iceland and its amazing culture, but has never glossed over the problems Iceland has faced after the meltdown. Iceland is lovely, but it isn't an icon and it isn't Paradise per se. It is a country that finds its way through difficulty, as all of us do.
    Rei, thank you for the trenchant summation.
    I have great respect for the Icelandic people and their fortitude and intellectual curiosity. Akureyri has one of the finest bookstores I've ever seen in any country, which says a lot about a town of less than 20,000.  

    "There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in". Leonard Cohen

    by northsylvania on Mon Dec 03, 2012 at 03:34:52 PM PST

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      the reading culture here, more than the whole wall full of books almost every Icelandic adult has, is that when you walk into these big bookstores like Eymundsson, a surprisingly large percent of the books are in Icelandic.  Tons and tons of Icelandic books... written by people in a country with less people than the city of Santa Ana, California!   People who also speak English and could just as readily read English books!

      Reading is very well respected here, and I greatly admire that.

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        they had more books by the author Joe R. Lansdale from Nacogdoches, Texas than any big bookstore in Dallas.

        "There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in". Leonard Cohen

        by northsylvania on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 06:14:14 AM PST

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