The Sagas Of Icelanders: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
  • The Sagas Of Icelanders: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
  • The Sagas Of Icelanders: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
  • The Sagas Of Icelanders: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)
ISBN: 0141000031
EAN13: 9780141000039
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 1, 2001
Pages: 782
Dimensions: 2.3" H x 8.4" L x 5.4" W
Weight: 2.25 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

A unique body of medieval literature, the Sagas rank with the world's greatest 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 Iceland and of their descendants, who ventured further west--to Greenland and, ultimately, the coast of North America itself.

The ten Sagas and seven shorter tales in this volume include the celebrated Vinland Sagas, which recount Leif Eiriksson's pioneering voyage to the New World and contain the oldest descriptions of the North American continent.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

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   Great compilation of Sagas!
A great book to have on a long trip or in the bathroom...
   Great Read!
Perfect reading material for me to take to Iceland on a recent visit. It was great from a historical perspective, as I took in all the sights and experiences of the island.
   Book was in perfect condition! Looked brand new like described
The book was in perfect condition! New Looked Brand New Like Described I received it in the mail earlier than the estimated delivery date, which was great because I needed it for a class. Overall, I was very satisfied with my purchase.
   Essential to a reader of the classics of literature
I bought this edition to read with a friend aloud. The introduction and the preface are full of helpful information. The language is more straightforward than in the other edition, which makes it easier to understand, but does not transport you back in the same way as in other editions. I wish that Njáls Saga had been included. Besides that, I am very happy to have this collection.
   Fantastic publishing of the sagas.
Overall, this thick book of sagas and stories has been a joy to read. It includes relevant maps of the places discussed in the stories. The only thing I could change is to keep the proper spellings of names and places. If a person or place name had the letter , it would be replaced by . For example, Sigurur '' is equivalent to Sigurdur ''. This is done because of how little known letters are like ,'and '', which is completely understandable, but it would be a nice thing to see. If you enjoy learning about the peoples of Scandinavia and Iceland, I would highly recommend buying this book because of how many stories it contains for as reasonable a price, as opposed to buying each saga individually.
   An interesting read
Book is very educational on the activities of the Icelanders. Their way of dealing with each other and with daily life is their own. It seems that their marriages were always led by a male who was in charge of the female. Expected was the Vengeance. Honor was very important and the giving of gifts, both to the guest and guests, was very important. These are travelers who are willing to ask for months at a time and receive generously at strangers'homes.
It takes a little historical context to appreciate these stories fully, but they are as rich and fascinating as any of the classics of Western literature. The introductory materials set the world of the sagas well. This edition is well worth the ownership.
When I was in the middle school, I found these sagas interesting, so bought this fairly complete book on icelandic sagas. It is only that the works themselves depend on the patience to read through absolutely impossible names and who killed who or who insulted who.
   Great book. I'm still reading it as I don't ...
I read it still because I don 't have a whole lot of time to read. For those who don 't know, the pages are deckle edge, meaning that they are cut unevenly and rough on the outer edge of the book to make it feel like an old book. It is done on purpose. If you don 't like it, buy it.
   Egil's saga and the short one's are the best
Here I view the compilation not as a historical publication, but as sagas themselves. As respectful as it may sound to geeks, I do feel that they deserve this treatment as works of fiction to be seen in their stupid literary context. Egil's saga is hands down the best saga of them all. Expertly composed, easy to follow, big in scope and really damn interesting, not only as a study of a character - Egill, insanely good warrior, Norwegian outcast and a respected persona in Iceland, but also as a study of turbulent times. The rest of the sagas are a mixed bag ; there are gems in the form of the shorter stories and utterly boring and confusing longer epics. Egil's saga deserves alone five stars. By no means, don 't withhold from buying this book!