In 1848, a motley crew of Danish sailors sets sail from the small island town of Marstal to fight the Germans. Not all of them return - and those who do will never be the same. Among them is the daredevil Laurids Madsen, who promptly escapes again into the anonymity of the high seas. This is also the story of the port town of Marstal, Denmark, whose inhabitants sailed the world from the mid-19th century to the end of the Second World War and about the women and children they left behind.
The novel tells of ships wrecked and blown up in wars, of places of terror and violence that continue to lure each generation with their cannibals, shrunken heads, prophetic dreams, forbidden passions, cowards, heroes, tragedies, and miraculous survivals. The result is a brilliant seafaring novel, a gripping saga encompassing industrial growth, the years of expansion and exploration, the crucible of the first half of the 20th century, and, most of all, the sea.
Hailed in Europe as an instant classic, We, the Drowned, spanning four generations, two world wars, and a hundred years, is an epic tale of adventure, ruthlessness, and passion destined to take its place among the greatest seafaring literature.
©2006 Carsten Jensen og Gyldendal. Translation © 2010 by Charlotte Barslund (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Narration by Simon Vance is sublime to the ears and mind. The story translated into English is done with perfect balance of wind and sail and sea.
This book was not for me. I can see how it would be a fantastic book for someone who is more interested in the topic of sailing or Danish history. This is a book where things just happen, not necessarily to advance any character's story but rather to advance the timeline of the book. I could tell it was not for me about 10% into it, but soldiered (sailored...) on because the reviews here and on Goodreads were so favorable. I slogged through and finished it, and at over 25 hours that is no simple feat! I did enjoy this narrator's voice and thought he did excellent with the accents.
It was a boring story.
It dragged on and on and on and on and on.....
Not too bad.
Nope, never finished it. I won't.
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