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by Michael Meyer,Frans Gunnar Bengtsson

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Michael Meyer,Frans Gunnar Bengtsson
Harpercollins Pub Ltd (March 31, 1984)
Genre Fiction
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Translated from the Swedish by. MICHAEL MEYER. IN MY CAREER as a reader I have encountered only three people who knew The Long Ships, and all of them, like me, loved it immoderately

Translated from the Swedish by. Introduction by. Michael chabon. IN MY CAREER as a reader I have encountered only three people who knew The Long Ships, and all of them, like me, loved it immoderately. Four for four: from this tiny but irrefutable sample I dare to extrapolate that this novel, first published in Sweden during the Second World War, stands ready, given the chance, to bring lasting pleasure to every single human being on the face of the earth.

But such as lived long enough saw the old saying fulfilled, when Canute Svensson the Mighty, King of Denmark and England, sailed to the estuary with the greatest fleet that any man had ever seen or heard tell of, and fought with the Kings of Sweden and Norway on the waters of the Holy River. And this is the end of the story of Orm Tostesson and his luck.

THE ACTION of The Long Ships covers, approximately, the years 980-1010 of our era. At that time the southern provinces of Sweden belonged to Denmark, so that Orm, though born and bred in Skania, regarded himself as a Dane. The Vikings harried the countries of northern and western Europe more or less continuously for a period of over two hundred years, from the end of the eighth century until the beginning of the eleventh.

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by. Bengtsson, Frans Gunnar, 1894-1954; Meyer, Michael Leverson. A boy abducted by the Vikings from his Danish home is made to take his place at the oars of their ships. Eventually, he contributes to the Viking defeat of the army of the king of England, and returns home a Christian and a very rich man.

Translated from the Swedish by. MICHAEL MEYER

Translated from the Swedish by. Nor can blame for the neglect of The Long Ships be laid at the feet of Bengtsson’s English translator, Michael Meyer, who produced a version of the original the faithfulness of which I leave for the judgment of others but whose utter deliciousness, as English, I readily proclaim.

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Frans Gunnar Bengtsson’s The Long Ships resurrects the fantastic world of the tenth century AD when the Vikings . of 2011, The Long Ships by Frans G. Bengtsson- translated from the Swedish by Michael Meyer- with an introduction by Michael Chabon.

Frans Gunnar Bengtsson’s The Long Ships resurrects the fantastic world of the tenth century AD when the Vikings roame. A beloved Viking saga and masterpiece of historical fiction, The Long Ships is a high spirited adventure that stretches from Scandinavia to Spain, England, Ireland, and beyond.

The Long Ships: A Saga of the Viking Age (Paperback). Bengtsson (author), Michael Meyer (translator). Please provide me with your latest book news, views and details of Waterstones’ special offers.

Frans G. Bengtsson, Michael Meyer (Translator). They love telling stories and while reading the book I really felt like I was curled up by a roaring hearth fire listening to the men tell of their exploits punctuated by ale pots crashing against the table and the squeals of women who wandered too close to curious fingers.

This saga brings alive the world of the 10th century AD when the Vikings raided the coasts of England. Acclaimed as one of the best historical novels ever written, this engaging saga of Viking adventure in 10th century northern Europe has a very appealing young hero, Orm Tostesson, whose story we follow from inexperienced youth to adventurous old age, through slavery and adventure to a royal marriage and the search for great treasure. Viking expeditions take him to lands as far apart as England, Moorish Spain, Gaardarike (the country that was to become Russia), and the long road to Miklagard. The salt-sea spray, the swaying deck awash in slippery blood are the backdrop to fascinating stories of King Harald Blue Tooth, the Jomsvikings, attempts to convert the Northmen to Christianity, and much else. Like H. Rider Haggard, Bengtsson is a master of the epic form.
  • Gotta qualify that way better than expected.

    Never heard of author? Check.
    Written in the 50s, but covers a genre that wasn't common at the time? Check.
    And that genre, historical fiction, where books are still often a mess nowadays? Check.
    Adoring reviews all (I have had some bad experiences with very highly rated Kindle books)? Check.

    On the other hand, I tend to like Scandinavian authors and, if a book is translated and gets high marks, that usually means it was good enough to justify that translation.

    So what I ended up instead was a funny, witty, engrossing tale set in Viking lands around the time Christianity was taking over. The hack and slash is there, but so are interesting characters and a good sprinkling of history, for the history geeks among us.

    The Christianity vs Pagans bit is quite well handled - the protagonist comes from a culture of well, Nordic god-worshipers, including human sacrifices and rather backwards superstition. Yet the author does not sink into the easy trap of having the Northmen convert at full speed to Christianity and all be well. It's quite a lot more involved. And funny.

    Quite funny. It has an almost British understated humor that was a pleasure to read.

    It's a long book, but I was quite sorry to see it end.

  • Even before I started to authenticate place and people names, I was a fan of Bengtsson’s The Long Ships.
    It did take a few pages to get into the writing style which attempts to follow the cadences of an illiterate and non-urbane speaking style. Once I got used to the mostly simple sentences and slightly skewed mannerisms, I found myself believing that I was at the fireside as bold men talked about the bold deeds of their youth. Men certainly as the point of view is very male with only the occasional female proving herself to be the smarter, if not stronger sex. There is nothing that could be called bad language although there is more than a little talk about womanizing and violence. I consider this a family friendly book.

    The long ships is a narrative written in a manner evoking a spoken word culture rather than a land of scribes. Our central figure is a Norse (Scania is his homeland) Chief Rode Orm. We will follow the events of his life from his late teens to his forties as he travels and fights his way across most of coastal Europe, including a 7 year stint as a slave oarsman on a Muslim raider and more years as a member of the personal body guard to the great warrior prince Almanzor. I have checked most of the place names and named major leaders they are as Bengtsson names them. The time period is roughly from the 980 to 1020.

    Orm is a fighting man of a people and at a time when fighting was considered a normal occupation. A leader who does not lead his ship and crew into fights is not long to be trusted. Throughout there is a merry humor attached to religion. All are religious but fickle in their practice and understanding. They are proud to say that they do not fear their gods. Luck is more important than deity or doctrine. At one point the crew decides to forgo the usual libation to the sea gods as the last time they had observed, them, their luck had been bad. Orm having been exposed to all of the monotheistic religions will become a staunch convert to Christianity, but always within the limits of his superstitions and general lack of good doctrinal education.

    In reading the above it needs to be said that there is a certain humor, sometime fatalistic and usually matter of fact that dominates all topics. Not just religion.

    The long ships could be called a slice of life, but given the subject it has to be more correct to call it a family saga.

    By the end I felt at home in the culture of this man and his family. Bengtsson has built, peopled and guided us deep into a a long gone world and left us confident that we are there and that it was like that.

  • My guess is that anyone who’s ever written a book on the Vikings first read this book and thought, “more! There’s got to be more!” Although written more than 70 yrs ago, the prose in The Long Ships does not come across as stilted or dated. First and foremost, it is a well-written book. I never found myself skipping over passages to get to the good stuff. The plot is interesting and weaves a number of threads skillfully throughout the book. Books like this are what makes Kindle so awesome—I was constantly Googling maps and names and historical figures to get a better view of where the action takes place. This book is remarkably accurate. The characters are interesting and have their own frailties. The conflict between the old religions and the spread of Christianity provides a good backdrop for the latter part of the books, but doesn’t become obsessive. One warning: if you are a fan of the tv series The Vikings, this book will make it look pretty pathetic by comparison. This is one of the better buys in books you’re likely to ever find.

  • This adventure tale of the Northmen and their world of exploration and marauding was terrific fun to read and educational to boot. Seamlessly translated from the original Swedish into fluent English, we follow the story of Orm the Red as he begins his warrior's seagoing life as a captive, being fortunate to escape death at the outset . Orm's good fortune endures through many fascinating travels, including to the Moorish court of Almansur and the Danish court of King Harald, as we are introduced to fascinating characters along the way including Irish jugglers and the alluring daughter of the King himself. An early Christian missionary to the pagans of the far North is indispensable to the story, as well as Orm's rough Viking crewmates with colorful names of their own. I had a great time immersing myself in this early world of travel and adventure at the turn of the previous century and came to feel great affection for Orm and his friends. The book - even in translation - is beautifully written, including much sly comedy and some lovely ballads springing from the mouths of the roistering men around the banquet table. For fun adventure in a different time and in a different world, can't do much better than this!