The Sagas of the Icelanders

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Penguin Books Limited, 2000 - Fiction - 782 pages
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In Iceland, the age of the Vikings is also known as the Saga Age. A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world s great literary treasures as epic as Homer, as deep in tragedy as Sophocles, as engagingly human as Shakespeare. Set around the turn of the last millennium, these stories depict with an astonishingly modern realism the lives and deeds of the Norse men and women who first settled in Iceland and of their descendants, who ventured farther west to Greenland and, ultimately, North America. Sailing as far from the archetypal heroic adventure as the long ships did from home, the Sagas are written with psychological intensity, peopled by characters with depth, and explore perennial human issues like love, hate, fate and freedom.

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User Review  - Zadignose - Goodreads

The following is not really a review, so skip it if that's what you're after: I've read several of the sagas included in this collection before (Egil's, Laxardal, Bolli Bollason, Greenlanders, and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Tom - Goodreads

The ultimate collections of the most beautifully crafted stories in northern Europe. Full of mystic, wonder and rich characters, they are really not something to be missed at all. If you want to know ... Read full review

About the author (2000)

Jane Smiley's ten works of fiction include The Age of Grief, The Greenlanders, Ordinary Love and Good Will, Moo, A Thousand Acres (which won the Pulitzer Prize), and most recently the bestselling Horse Heaven.

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