Laxness – under the Glacier

First of all the slide show: The Laxness Slide Show. The picture to the left is of the “fairy goat” staring at the glacier. I guess you had to be there. (I wasn’t; I made the whole thing up in my head) But to me that goat is one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time. When did I snicker for weeks before? I remember one occasion. Unfortunately it’s one that does not translate well. I guess you can say you had to be there. My friend Werner got us a guest house at the bottom of the Blyde River canyon – sleeps ten, very nice. Werner and I and this character, another friend of Werner’s were sitting in the lounge drinking sherry ’till late. The friend lived in Hazy View, right on the border of the Kruger National Park. As invariably happens in this type of conversation, the topic moved on to lions. That is when he told us of a big male whose territory came to within a few hundred yards of his back door. “When that bugger barks the cups rattle in the saucers,” he said. (“As daai bliksem blaf rinkel die koppies in hulle pierings.”) I still giggle about this when I think of it. Laxness is done now and we are all sadder and wiser and Laxness is tying with Their Eyes were Watching God at number three in the rankings. Enjoy your summer! —————————– PS: I’m reading Harry Potter in Latin (well “reading” is probably putting too fine a point on it.) Check it out …
Harrius Potter et Philosophi Lapis (Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Latin Edition): J. K. Rowling, J.K. Rowling, Peter Needham: Books
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