Iceland (American Literature (Dalkey Archive)) (Paperback)

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One of my all-time favorite novels, I've read it twice already and could
easily read it again. As absurd as it is beautiful, this is the story
of Paul, who falls in love during a chance encounter with a woman named
Emily who tends a swimming pool filled with harvested human organs. But,
after accompanying his carpet cleaner on a vacation, Paul ends up
living in Iceland, far away from his beloved Emily. Volcanos, shadowy
figures and a run-down piano bar all figure into this brilliant novel
that is equal parts kookiness and ennui.

— Michael

Among my favorite "quirky" books. --Matt

— From Matt's Staff Favorites


The debut novel from the author of Blood Lake, a collection of short stories that was critically acclaimed and landed on the Los Angeles Times best-seller list. An adventure in the absurd, Iceland begins with our narrator, Paul, arriving at a mysterious "Institute" to pick out - on doctor's orders - a new internal organ. There he meets Emily, a young, bikini-clad woman hired to stimulate the organs preserved in a nutrient-enhanced swimming pool, and falls in love amidst a flurry of chlorine and kick-boards. In Jim Krusoe's world, this is about as simple as life gets. Paul's brief interlude with Emily sets the course for his extraordinary adventures, which involve a troublesome stain on Paul's rug, a volcano, Paul's marriage and children, six years in a piano bar with a girl named Calypso Sally, and a long stretch in the State Penitentiary. But throughout it all Paul keeps re-imagining that first afternoon by the poolside with Emily, his one true love. Iceland is a novel of melancholic hilarity that raises serious questions along the way about the nature of memory, imagination, and desire.

About the Author

Jim Krusoe is a writer from Ohio.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781564783141
ISBN-10: 1564783146
Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
Publication Date: June 1st, 2002
Pages: 182
Language: English
Series: American Literature (Dalkey Archive)