Saga A Novel Of Medieval Iceland [E–pub READ]


  • Hardcover
  • 359
  • Saga A Novel Of Medieval Iceland
  • Jeff Janoda
  • English
  • 15 September 2018
  • 9780897335324

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Free download Saga A Novel Of Medieval Iceland æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free This retelling of the ancient Saga of the People of Eyri is a modern classic Absolutely gripping and compulsively readable Booklist said this book does what good historical fiction is supposed to do put a face on history that is recognizable to all And mediev. I had a hard time getting through this one Essentially the book is a novelization of historical events as passed down through oral tradition and culminating in the Saga of the People of Eyri Since I am not familiar with the source material I simply read it as a novel of medieval Icelandic culturesI did enjoy the writing style uite a lot and I appreciated the author s ability to paint a nice portrait of the landscape of the small portion of Iceland where the story takes place But I did struggle with several aspects especially the characters There is no central protagonist to root for although several could be considered the protagonist at various parts of the novel and I found myself somewhat adrift The plot is basically about two chieftains caught in a long lasting power struggle over land ownership and the shifting loyalties of their followers If anything reading this book has convinced me of the need for explicit laws to follow and not leaving important decisions in the hands of whomever happens to hold power at any particular time With a power struggle at the core the plot naturally results in plenty of bloody one upmanship and deathAnother thing that I struggled with was the confusing character names It was difficult to keep straight characters whose names include Thorbrand Thorfinn Onund Thorgils Oreakja Thorleif Thormod Thorodd Orlyg and Thorolf and many many I suppose there is not much the author can do about that considering the story is based on historical materialFinally I took real issue with the chapter titles which often acted as spoilers Why on earth would you title a chapter Of the Death of xxx or Of the Slaying of xxx or Of xxx Humbled It really cuts down on the suspense of what s coming especially a climactic one on one battle when you know who is going to get struck downPerhaps my reading experience would have been better had I been familiar with the original sagas but unfortunately I cannot enthusiastically recommend this novel Perky you title a chapter Of the Death of xxx or Of the Slaying of xxx or Of xxx Humbled It really cuts down on the suspense of what s coming especially a climactic one on one battle when Rayleigh Through Time you know who is going to get struck downPerhaps my reading experience would have been better had I been familiar with the original sagas but unfortunately I cannot enthusiastically recommend this novel

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Free download Saga A Novel Of Medieval Iceland æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Al expert Tom Shippey writing for the Times Literary Supplement said Sagas look like novels superficially in their size and layout and plain language but making their narratives into novels is a trick which has proved beyond most who have tried it Janoda's Sa. Jeff Janoda put a new spin on a very difficult subject Iceland has long been mysterious and takes a lot of study to write a good period piece with a new story Jeff once told me that he put years of research into this story and it shows The story has you on the edge of your seat and totally involved I found it difficult to put it down I do hope to read of his work some time Must read

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Free download Saga A Novel Of Medieval Iceland æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ga provides a model of how to do it pick out the hidden currents imagine how they would seem to peripheral characters and as with all historical novels load the narrative with period detail drawn from the scholars No better saga adaptation has been yet writte. This is a novelized retelling of the Saga of the People of Eyri written by a nameless Norsemen around 1270 AD Set in 10th century Iceland the novel weaves a darkly grim narrative tapestry the component threads of which are the lives of chieftains and slaves farmers warriors and fishermen each struggling to prosper in a harsh land that is convincingly rendered through Janoda s obviously extensive researchForemost in importance both to the story and in the lives of its characters is the annual Thing a legal assembly for redressing wrongs complete with elected jurors that stood out in stark contrast to the less progressive forms of justice existing in the wider world of feudal Europe It is within this surprisingly egalitarian social structure that the characters enter into a struggle over control of the precious land available to them on the unforgiving island of rock and ice This is not to say that strength of arms treachery and even a ritualistic adherence to practices founded in both religion and cultural superstition do not come into play but these elements simply augment the struggle which is ultimately one of political economic and legal machinationsMost impressive is the manner in which Janoda manages to shift among various characters perspectives keeping the reader emotionally invested in the story without ever really establishing clear heroes or villains Rather each character possesses virtues and flaws and one finds oneself sympathizing with characters who initially seem villainous while simultaneously finding it difficult to relish the victories of the would be protagonists in situations where the ends don t always seem to justify the means The result is far from an easy read the journey from cover to cover is variously uncomfortable emotionally taxing and uietly unsettling but it is a compelling and ultimately rewarding experienceAlso while the ambiguity in terms of protagonist is initially disconcerting the the reader learns about the culture of the medieval Icelandic Free State the it becomes apparent that this approach is particularly well suited to the subject matter At one point in the story a visiting Norwegian merchant is dumbfounded by the fact that the people of Iceland eschew the warlike approach to dispute resolution practiced elsewhere in the world A chieftain provides the merchant with the following answer We are too tightly woven in the Free State to march off and slay each other in long lines shield beside shield Our enemy is often our best ally s cousin or uncle It is good and wise and altogether a manly thing to protect oneself within the Law with others to argue for you and seek an answer that gives everyone honor It is the insularity of Iceland the shared burden of living and working with each other to eek out life from the wintry soil and the surrounding sea that allows such a system to work indeed that forces such a system into place This system is artfully mirrored by Janoda s unconventional narrative choices


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    Jeff Janoda ☆ 5 Free download Saga A Novel Of Medieval Iceland [E–pub READ] I I like itThe names were confusing A bunch of times I found myself staring at a name trying to remember who that person was But I could mostly keep track of the characters I didn't realized that they were all named after Thor because nobody really invoked the god Thor in the bookIt was a beautiful story Janoda captured perfectly the harsh cruel unsatisfactory life for the Norse in Iceland Most of the charact

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    Saga A Novel Of Medieval Iceland [E–pub READ] An endless feud of blood and politicking mostly politicking in medieval Iceland Wonderfully light touches of the fantastic in with the mundane Psychologically and morally opaue which can be fun but can be frustrating

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    characters ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Jeff Janoda Saga A Novel Of Medieval Iceland [E–pub READ] I had a hard time getting through this one Essentially the book is a novelization of historical events as passed down through oral tradition and culminating in the Saga of the People of Eyri Since I am not familiar with the source material I simply read it as a novel of medieval Icelandic culturesI did enjoy the writing s

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    Saga A Novel Of Medieval Iceland [E–pub READ] characters ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Jeff Janoda Jeff Janoda ☆ 5 Free download This book rated a rave review by Professor Tom Shippey and a mention in his magnificent book on Vikings Laughing Shall I Die Lives and Deaths of the Great Vikings both of which it richly deserves This is a fine

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    characters ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Jeff Janoda Saga A Novel Of Medieval Iceland [E–pub READ] Jeff Janoda put a new spin on a very difficult subject Iceland has long been mysterious and takes a lot of study to write a good period piece with a new story Jeff once told me that he put years of research into this story and it shows The story has you on the edge of your seat and totally involved I found it difficult to put it down I do hope to read of his work some time Must read

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    Saga A Novel Of Medieval Iceland [E–pub READ] characters ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Jeff Janoda Jeff Janoda ☆ 5 Free download I finished this book last night and I really liked it The story always has a nice pace and you feel like all of this could have actually happened Janoda gives you a real look into a society that is in a constant struggle to survive the harsh surroudings and each other The ending was a bit of an anti climax but it suited t

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    Free read Saga A Novel Of Medieval Iceland Saga A Novel Of Medieval Iceland [E–pub READ] Jeff Janoda ☆ 5 Free download Amazing complicated but amazing Don't miss the glossary at the back it will help you so much One of my favourite books

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    characters ï PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ☆ Jeff Janoda Jeff Janoda ☆ 5 Free download Saga A Novel Of Medieval Iceland [E–pub READ] I'm not sure I can give this a star rating It wouldn't be fair This is a work of historical fiction based on legendary Icelandic sagas but since I'm not familiar with the source material I could only read it as a work of fiction Many reviewers on seem to be much familiar with the sagas so they are a better resource for learning about this book in its proper context Scholars of medieval Scandinavian history and literature really

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    Saga A Novel Of Medieval Iceland [E–pub READ] This is a novelized retelling of the Saga of the People of Eyri written by a nameless Norsemen around 1270 AD Set in 10th century Iceland the novel weaves a darkly grim narrative tapestry the component threads of which are the lives of chieftains and slaves farmers warriors and fishermen each struggling to prosper in a h

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    Saga A Novel Of Medieval Iceland [E–pub READ] Free read Saga A Novel Of Medieval Iceland Pros engaging intricate plotlines lots of political intrigueCons the names are confusing for the first few chaptersJeff Janoda took the Icelandic sagas and turned them into living stories Reading his prose felt like listening to a s

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