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Saga

A Novel of Medieval Iceland

Janoda, Jeff

(Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Saga
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This retelling of the ancient Saga of the People of Eyri is a modern classic. Absolutely gripping and compulsively readable, Booklist said this book, "does what good historical fiction is supposed to do: put a face on history that is recognizable to all." And medieval expert Tom Shippey, writing for the Times Literary Supplement said, "Sagas look like novels superficially, in their size and layout and plain language, but making their narratives into novels is a trick which has proved beyond most who have tried it. Janoda's Saga provides a model of how to do it: pick out the hidden currents, imagine how they would seem to peripheral characters, and as with all historical novels, load the narrative with period detail drawn from the scholars. No better saga adaptation has been yet written."
Publisher: Chicago, Ill. : Academy Chicago, c2005
ISBN: 9780897335324
0897335325
Branch Call Number: FICTION JANODA
Characteristics: 359 p. :,map ;,23 cm

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A dark and violent retelling of Eyrbyggja saga, which brings to life not just ancient feuds, but also the ghosts and elves that lurk in the Icelandic wildlands.


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