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The Greenlanders Audiobook

The Greenlanders

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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author Jane Smiley's The Greenlanders is an enthralling novel in the epic tradition of the old Norse sagas.

Set in the 14th century in Europe's most farflung outpost, a land of glittering fjords, blasting winds, sun-warmed meadows, and high, dark mountains, The Greenlanders is the story of one family - proud landowner Asgeir Gunnarsson; his daughter Margret, whose willful independence leads her into passionate adultery and exile; and his son Gunnar, whose quest for knowledge is at the compelling center of this unforgettable audiobook. Jane Smiley takes us into this world of farmers, priests, and lawspeakers, of hunts and feasts and long-standing feuds, and by an act of literary magic, makes a remote time, place, and people not only real but dear to us.

©1988 Jane Smiley (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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    TofuGirlSF 07-20-16
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    "Entrancing. A time machine."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Written in the style of sagas -- but with modern story structure -- this is the closest we can get to spending several generations in Greenland as its Norse colony struggles with increasing isolation and deteriorating climate. Every character is a multi-dimensional real personality. Much is taken from the knowledge we have of Greenland in the Icelandic sagas, which Jane Smiley translated.

    The narrator tells the story as fits the tale -- as a storyteller sitting in the group during a long, long winter. People fight, tell jokes, betray each other, marry, kill, wait, and worry.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of a million great scenes is where two women who live by themselves wait for the annual visit of a skraeling (Inuit) visitor.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It's too long.


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    Llanelli, United Kingdom
    4/4/16
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Everything


    Has The Greenlanders put you off other books in this genre?

    Just the author and narrator


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointed, couldn't get into the book at all, neither the storyline nor the narrator, I managed about half an hour and put it away in disgust.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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