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Paul

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  • Kalevala: The Ancient Epic of Finland

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Elias Lonnrot, John Martin Crawford (translator)
    • Narrated By Robert Bethune
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    The Kalevala is the signature work of traditional Finnish culture. In story after story, it explores the human and divine world as understood by the traditional runic singers of the north. It sings of how the universe came to be, how the natural world works, how divine and supernatural worlds relate to the world of humankind, how human beings relate to each other, how good and evil and life and death function in the world.

    Paul Z. says: "Great Book"
    "Great Book"
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    This is John Martin Crawford’s 1888 translation of the Kalevala. Though some of the language may be a little outdated it is one of the few English translations that tried to keep the original trochaic tetrameter rhyme pattern. While some may enjoy a more modern translation like Keith Bosley’s 1989 translation (published by Oxford University Press), I don’t think you could ask for a better translation to be read aloud. It almost becomes more of a song than a book. I love that the Kalevala not only has the warrior and magic events of a typical epic, but also some great scenes of home life such as the wedding feast. This is defiantly a book to listen too.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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