My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This was a specialty read, preparatory to my trip to the Faroe Islands in two months.
Set vaguely in the first third of the 20th century, The Old Man and His Son is a snapshot of island life among the common, rural folk of the day.
The narrative returns again and again to a comparison of the way things have always been done with the newfangled, high-falutin’ ways of kids-these-days through the eyes of Ketil, the main character. In Ketil’s world the sea provides, roofs leak and conveniences are few.
The book cover says the Faroese chose this book as their ‘Book of the Twentieth Century.’ At 162 pages it’s short enough to read in a single dedicated day.