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The Sea Road I felt this book had such promise but it didn t deliver I thought it would beenthralling than it was one woman s journeys in the Viking Age In Rome, an Icelandic priest at the behest of a cardinal, is transcribing the life s story of an old woman, Gudrid She has come there on a pilgrimage We read of her girlhood, two marriages, children, and widowhood both times, the customs of those settlers, and, I must admit, beautiful descriptions of Iceland and Greenland Most of the book was dul I felt this book had such promise but it didn t deliver I thought it would beenthralling than it was one woman s journeys in the Viking Age In Rome, an Icelandic priest at the behest of a cardinal, is transcribing the life s story of an old woman, Gudrid She has come there on a pil A Haunting, Compelling Historical Novel,The Sea Road Is A Daring Retelling Of The 11th Century Viking Exploration Of The North Atlantic From The Viewpoint Of One Extraordinary Woman Gudrid Lives At The Remote Edge Of The Known World, In A Starkly Beautiful Landscape Where The Sea Is The Only Connection To The Shores Beyond It Is A World Where The Old Norse Gods Are Still Invoked Even As Christianity Gains Favor, Where The Spirits Of The Dead Roam The Vast Northern Ice Fields, Tormenting The Living, And Viking Explorers Plunder Foreign Shores Taking The Accidental Discovery Of North America As Its Focal Point, Gudrid S Narrative Describes A Multilayered Voyage Into The Unknown, All Recounted With Astonishing Immediacy And Rich Atmospheric Detail. This is a wonderful novel, based on the travels of Gudrid who was the furthest travelled woman in the Viking era The reader feels really absorbed into the story and experiences the discomforts of the travel sleeping in damp cloaks in the boats, living through hard winters with little food and the beauty and harshness of the natural world We climbed up past the caves where the giants live, right to the glacier itself Close to, the glacier isn t the smooth white cone you see from out at sea I This is a wonderful novel, based on the travels of Gudrid who was the furthest travelled woman in the Viking era The reader feels really absorbed into the story and experiences the discomforts of the travel sleeping in damp cloaks in the boats, living through hard winters with little food and the beauty and harshness of the natural world We climbed up past the caves where the giants live, right to the glacier itself Close to, the glacier isn t the smooth white cone you see from out at sea It s streaked with spi This haunting book, set in Iceland, Greenland and Vinland, and on the sea that connects these lands, transports the reader a thousand years back through time Back to when ordinary people didn t read or write or have access to mirrors When people improvised to build seaworthy ships It s a spiritual journey, too Near the end of her life, Gudrid made a pilgrimage to It s not very often that we get to see from a woman s viewpoint in a work of historical fiction in this time period early middle ages Margaret Elpinstone s brilliantly researched book The Sea Road portrays the life of Gudrid Thorbjornsdottir, now a national hero of Iceland She lived in the household of Erik the Red and married his son, but after his death she married Thorfinn Karlsefni, a great explorer in his own right She went to Vinland after I adored this I can imagine sitting and listening to Gudrid tell tales for days and weeks and years on end I loved the way the fictive Agnar s fascinated, slightly scandalized demeanor came through by way of Gudrid s replies to his unrecorded questions and statements and l This book was a wonderful indulgence as I ve been recovering from a cold this week With the wind howling outside, The Sea Road took me to medieval Iceland, the first settlement of Greenland and beyond to North America This fascinating historical novel is the story of Gudrid of Iceland, daughter in law to the explorer Erik the Red, as she accompanies her countrymen to the newly discovered land of Vinland Gudrid of Iceland was the furthest travelled woman in the world during the Viking Age This book was a wonderful indulgence as I ve been recovering from a cold this week With the wind howling outside, The Sea Road took me to medieval Iceland, the first settlement of Greenland and beyond to North America This fascinating historical novel is the story of Gudrid of Iceland, daughter in law to the explorer Erik the Red, as she accompanies her countrymen to the newly discovered land of Vinland Gudrid of Love Love Love This just might be my favorite 2011 read I love Gudrid, I love her story, and I can not get over how much I enjoyed this book It s the story of the 11th centrury Islandic woman Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir Gu r ur orbjarnard ttir as transcribed by the fictive Icelandic monk Agnar, when they are both in Italy she for her pilgrimage, he for church government Gudrid tells Agnar of her childhood in Iceland, her early days of womanhood in Greenland, and her travels to the place we Love Love Love This just might be my favorite 2011 read I love Gudrid, I love her story, and I can not get over how much I enjoyed this book It s the story of the 11th centrury Islandic woman Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir Gu r ur orbjarnard ttir as transcribed by the fictive Icelandic monk Agnar, when they are both in Italy she for her pilgrimage, he for church government Gudrid tells Agnar of her childhood in Iceland, her early days of womanhood in Greenland, and her travels to the place we now know as Canada Slowly, a friendship between the old woman and the young monk develops and the stories becomepersonal and Gudrids thoughts start to drift Though Agnar writes down the story exactly as Gunnar tells it complete with her thoughts and questions on their current roundabouts, life, death and God and leaves out Not only is this a wonderful book, it s a great example of what good historical fiction looks and reads like I would say that if you are a fan of Medieval European Viking Age history, this book will be right up your alley Bookend it with Donna Jo Napoli s Hush and you have yourself a nice little reading list that is the next best thing to time travel.My only complaint with this book is that Ms Elphinstone kept on calling the Icelandic Horses ponies Anyone who has ever been to Iceland know Not only is this a wonderful book, it s a great example of what good historical fiction looks and reads like I would say that if you are a fan of Medieval European Viking Age history, this book will be right up your alley Bookend it with Donna Jo Napoli s Hush and you have yourself a nice little reading list that is the next best thing to time travel.My only complaint with this boo This wonderful, evocative novel tells the story of a remarkable woman In her youth, Gudrid was one of a small company of settlers who sailed west beyond the known world to the shores of Vinland, a country of grain, grapes and timber, with the ambition of setting up a traders camp there Now an old woman, she has turned her face east and made a pilgrimage from the borders of the world to its centre, in Rome, where she is invited to tell her life story to a young Icelandic monk so that it can be This wonderful, evocative novel tells the story of a remarkable woman In her youth, Gudrid was one of a small company of settlers who sailed west beyond the known world to the shores of Vinland, a country of grain, grapes and timber, with the ambition of setting up a traders camp there Now an old woman, she has turned her face east and made a pilgrimage from the borders of the world to its centre, in Rome, where she is invited to tell her life story to a young Icelandic monk so that it can be written down for the edification of the Church Gudrid s world is one where the boundary between the human and the spirit worlds is fluid,


About the Author: Margaret Elphinstone

Margaret Elphinstone born 1948 in Kent, England is a Scottish novelist.She studied at Queen s College in London and Durham University She was until recently, Professor of Writing in the Department of English Studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, now retired Her academic research areas are Scottish writers and the literature of Scotland s offshore islands.She did extensive study Margaret Elphinstone born 1948 in Kent, England is a Scottish novelist.She studied at Queen s College in London and Durham University She was until recently, Professor of Writing in the Department of English Studies at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, now retired Her academic research areas are Scottish writers and the literature of Scotland s offshore islands.She did extensive study tours in Iceland, Greenland, Labrador and the United States She lived for eight years in the Shetland Islands and is the mother of two children


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