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by Charlotte Barslund,Emma Ryder,Carsten Jensen

ISBN: 0151013772
ISBN13: 978-0151013777
Language: English
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; First edition (February 9, 2011)
Pages: 688
Category: Genre Fiction
Subategory: Literature

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Rating: 4.1
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Carsten Jensen is without doubt one of the most exciting authors in Nordic literature today. I always wait with great anticipation for his books. He is, in my opinion, completely unique as a story teller.

Carsten Jensen is without doubt one of the most exciting authors in Nordic literature today.

Translated from the Danish by Charlotte Barslund with Emma Ryder. For information about permission to reproduce selections from this book, write to. Houghton mifflin harcourt. Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10003. Jensen, Carsten, date.

Carsten Jensen, Charlotte Barslund (Translator). From the barren rocks of Newfoundland to the lush plantations of Samoa, from the roughest bars in Tasmania, to the frozen coasts of northern Russia, We, The Drowned spans four generations, two world wars and a hundred years. Liz Jensen (Translator). Emma Ryder (Translation). Carsten Jensen conjures a wise, humorous, thrilling story of fathers and sons, of the women they love and leave behind, and of the sea’s murderous promise. This is a novel destined to take its place among the greatest seafaring literature.

Carsten Jensen's novel was a great critical and commercial success in his native Denmark, and it is not difficult to see why. Drawing on the legends of his hometown, the historic port of Marstal, and reconstructing the adventures o. . Drawing on the legends of his hometown, the historic port of Marstal, and reconstructing the adventures of grizzled naval captains and wide-eyed deckhands through the generations, he has crafted a quite superb maritime saga

Carsten Jensen's debut novel has taken the world by storm. Already hailed in Europe as an instant classic, We, the Drowned is the story of the port town of Marstal, whose inhabitants have sailed the world's oceans aboard freight ships for centuries

Carsten Jensen's debut novel has taken the world by storm. Already hailed in Europe as an instant classic, We, the Drowned is the story of the port town of Marstal, whose inhabitants have sailed the world's oceans aboard freight ships for centuries. Spanning over a hundred years, from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of the Second World War, and from the barren rocks of Newfoundland to the lush plantations of Samoa, from the roughest bars in Tasmania, to the frozen coasts of northern Russia, We, the Drowned spins a magnificent tale of love, war, and adventure, a tale of the men.

Авторы: Carsten Jensen, Charlotte Barslund. I went into my reading of We, the Drowned with certain expectations. It's going to be the year that I read long books. We, the Drowned is the first of my epics. Not only was I anticipating an epic, gorgeously written story, but I was expecting a journey on the seas with one character to all.

We, The Drowned (Paperback) This is a book to sail into, to explore, to get lost in, but it is also a book that brings the reader, dazzled by wonders, home to th.

We, The Drowned (Paperback). Carsten Jensen (author), Charlotte Barslund (translator). Spanning four generations, two world wars and a hundred years, We, The Drowned is an epic tale of adventure, ruthlessness and passion. This is a book to sail into, to explore, to get lost in, but it is also a book that brings the reader, dazzled by wonders, home to the heart from which great stories come.

Carsten Jensen’s debut novel has taken the world by storm. Translated from the Danish by Charlotte Barslund with Emma Ryder "War was like sailing. Already hailed in Europe as an instant classic, We, the Drowned is the story of the port town of Marstal, whose inhabitants have sailed the world’s oceans aboard freight ships for centuries. You could learn about clouds, wind direction, and currents, but the sea remained forever unpredictable. All you could do was adapt to it and try to return home alive. Carsten Jensen was already noted as a journalist long before We, The Drowned, was published.

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Hailed in Europe as an instant classic, We, the Drowned is the story of the port town of Marstal, Denmark, whose inhabitants sailed the world from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of the Second World War. The novel tells of ships wrecked and blown up in wars, of places of terror and violence that continue to lure each generation; there are cannibals here, shrunken heads, prophetic dreams, forbidden passions, and miraculous survivals. The result is a brilliant seafaring novel in the vein of Conrad and Melville, a gripping saga encompassing industrial growth, the years of expansion and exploration, the crucible of the first half of the twentieth century, and most of all, the sea.

Comments:
Anayalore
I was interested in this novel based on the reputation it has garnered and the subject matter of e book, involving a narrative about a shipping town in Denmark called Marstal.

The book is told from the perspective of a unknown narrator for most of the book. With this device the author is able to describe life in this town from the mid 1800's to the end of World War Two.

The book is certainly expansive and clocks in over 680 pages. Of course with a book with such an expansive story, it takes a while to get involved with the characters and the narrative. And, this book was no exception as it took about 100 pages to finally get involved and absorbed by the story. Once I read enough, I did though holy get involved with the book. Curiously, the book is not
about the characters and their sailing stories around the world per se. Rather, the book tellers the story of one sailor in what may be some of the best story-telling I have read in a while. Albert (check spelling) sails from Marstad to the Pacific. This section is probably the best of the book and most interesting. I will not spoil what happens and who he discovers (or should say what he discovers). The rest of the book is not actually quite like this. For some this may be a disappointment based on what the book was described, as this book is not about sailing voyages as one might expect.

However, the reader should keep going because the author ties together e various characters years after they are mentioned or appear. Sometimes, the characters appear in the most amazing ways and this makes the book somewhat unique. And frankly, as some have described this book as James Michener like, I would tend to agree. I found this book to be happy mess of a book. Some of the characters could have their own novel and I suppose that is the charm of this book.

The book meanders pleasantly as the author develops story lines that resolve later in the book. At first glance, the reader will ask why a book supposedly about a shipping town is so wrapped up in the story of young kids and a tough teacher. But, it makes perfect sense after reading the entire novel.

The last half, basically running from World War I to the end of World War Two wraps up nicely as the author describes how Knut Fris, who is 'related by narrative' ( I don't want to spoil the story for the reader) takes over from Albert, the other main character who dominates much of the book.

I really like this book a lot. The key test for any book that I read, particularly a novel, is whether the book hold my interest for the duration, and this book met my test. I finished the balance of the book after a few starts and fits in a few reading sessions. (As an aside: I highly recommend the kindle version, as this is a thick novel, and the electronic version sure makes it easier to lug around and read when opportunity strikes).

The end of the book is excellent, with the story of Albert similarly excellent after the first quarter of the book, with the middle third being very good. This is the reason I gave the book 4 stars instead of 5. A very good read with some flaws in narration, length and story. But, I could certainly imagine this book as a television miniseries or a Hollywood movie with some creative editing. As I said, a happy mess of a book that is well worth the time spent reading it. I enjoyed it greatly.

Meri
Interesting read, especially if you are a historical novel buff (which I am). Even though many of the characters are fictional, the story is factual - it revolves around a Danish sailing community and the men who went out in ships over the year. The story however, could probably be applied to other country's sailing communities. Did not realize that commercial sailing was such a tough life. If your are interested is life at sea and the men who's life and career was mastering the sea, you will enjoy this book. I am not one of those people, but I did enjoy the tale told beautiful by the author.

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We the Drowned
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There's a sameness about the lives of sailors before the mast and miners below ground and whether you drown at sea when a ship goes down in a howling gail or die of starvation and foul air after a mine collapse the result is the same and men feel powerless to act in their own defence. In spite of this generations of sailors and miners ply their trade with a sense of fatalism as their fathers did before them. Alas, little seems to have changed over the centuries and despite advances in technology man is still powerless in the face of a raging sea.

The brutality of life in the mid-1800’s as described in these pages is unsettling. I'm reminded of the story of the little girl who arrives at school eager to learn who is lined up with her classmates and watches as each in turn is beaten by their new master. An entire chapter is devoted to the description of a sadistic Danish Schoolmaster who administers daily flailings with a rope. In the end the only thing his male students learn in their 6 years with him is how to take a beating. This lesson they take with them when at 12 to 14 they go to sea as cabin boys and the beatings continue.

The captain of a sailing vessel that could be at sea for years at a time had the power of life and death over his crew, to this day captains have the right to perform marriages. Given the dregs of society that were often rousted out of bars and jails to fill out a ship's complement iron discipline was probably necessary but the cruelty and hazing here described makes one wonder why anyone in their right mind would submit to such indignities.

Given the conditions in which these men live the language used is salty and the sufferings they endure are described in a frank and forthright manner. In battle men soil themselves and as cannon and musket balls fly bodies are rended and blood and guts flow. This is not a book to be read by the squeamish.

All this said the stories told here ring true and bring to life an era that is now history. Never boring they keep one turning pages to find the outcome. There is a matter-of-factness about the way these sagas are related and a fatalism about the way the hardships these men must endure are described. While their menfolk are at sea for years on end their wives back home keep the family together cooking and cleaning without an end in sight and without any certainty that their men will ever return or that word of their demise will ever reach home.

It’s one of the ironies of a sailing vessel that calm seas are not a good thing. While a ship lay becalmed in the horse lattitudes fresh water and food supplies could run out leaving a crew in dire straits. With no land in sight and a cloudless sky desperate things could happen. On the other hand storms at sea can drive a ship onto a lee shore, a reef, or a rocky shoal and when water temperatures are near freezing or the waves 100 foot high the ability to swim means little.

This book gives a unique perspective on the life of the women and children back home that would not go amiss in much of Newfoundland. Husbands and fathers went to sea for periods of up to 5 years and were not heard of until their boat came back in port. Children were born never knowing their fathers or meeting a stranger after they attained school age. Boys became midshipman at age 12 to 14, cabin boys in less exalted contexts and likely objects of sexual favours. The wives back home became defacto widows for years at a time and all too often never heard of their husbands again if their ships went down without a trace. The transition from sail to steam to diesel engines and iron ships was horrendous for many. Ship to shore radio and the internet has ushered in an entirely new communication age but sailors whether navy or merchant marine are still physically absent for extended periods of time.

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