Gnarr: How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World by Jón Gnarr

Title: Gnarr: How I Became the Mayor of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World

Author: Jón Gnarr

Pub Date: 2014

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Synopis from Goodreads:

In the epicenter of the world financial crisis, a comedian launched a joke campaign that didn’t seem so funny to the country’s leading politicians . . .

It all started when Jón Gnarr founded the Best Party in 2009 to satirize his country’s political system. The financial collapse in Iceland had, after all, precipitated the world-wide meltdown, and fomented widespread protest over the country’s leadership.

Entering the race for mayor of Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital, Gnarr promised to get the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park into downtown parks, free towels at public swimming pools, a “drug-free Parliament by 2020” . . . and he swore he’d break all his campaign promises.

But then something strange started happening: his campaign began to succeed. And in the party’s electoral debut, the Best Party emerged as the biggest winner. Gnarr promptly proposed a coalition government, although he ruled out partners who had not seen all five seasons of The Wire.

And just like that, a man whose previous foreign-relations experience consisted of a radio show (in which he regularly crank-called the White House and police stations in the Bronx to see if they had found his lost wallet) was soon meeting international leaders and being taken seriously as the mayor of a European capital.

Here, Gnarr recounts how it all happened and, with admirable candor, describes his vision of a more enlightened politics for the future. The point, he writes, is not to be afraid to get involved—or to take on the system.

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Books set in Iceland

This weekly meme was created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme is Top Ten Books With X Setting (top ten books set near the beach, top ten books set in boarding school, top ten books set in England, etc.)

Because I’m going to Iceland in few months and I’d like to read some books that are set there, I thought this is a perfect opportunity for me to discover books by Icelandic authors and/or set in Iceland.


Burial Rites
by Hannah Kent

historical fiction | mystery | crime

English paperback edition cover of book Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Pub Date: 2013

My Rating: ★★★★★

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A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829.

Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tóti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes’s death looms, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.

Riveting and rich with lyricism, BURIAL RITES evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

Starting the list with the only book I read that is set in Iceland, written by an Australian author. Amazing story, highly recommended. I featured this book in Book Traveling Thursday.

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