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The novel transitions back and forth between a diary written by an Icelandic man from 1910 to 1945 and the "contemporary" story, set in 1973 Iceland, following the murder investigation of an Icelandic man shot to death in the same house where his father was killed 30 years previously. At first the constant back and forth between diary entries (from 1910 to 1945) and the 1973 murder mystery was a bit jarring, but once I became acclimated, I became engrossed in the developing story and enjoyed glimpsing episodes in modern history from the prospective of an Icelandic man. Also enjoyed descriptions of the burgeoning forensic science methods in a 1970's Iceland.
Berkrot gave a well modulated performance.
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I am glad I listened to this story. The backbone of the plot is an excellent mystery story which is slow paced compared to the usual speed of plot we are accustomed to. The plot includes family relations with some of the members suffering from compulsions. It goes back and forth between past and the 1970's by way of a diary left by a relative. Railroads, WWII, topography and history of Iceland. Not for the faint of heart. I am very glad I listened to this story. I suggest you read this, it will give you a great deal to think about as it did me.
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