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The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B00A8NARH0
- Publisher : Mariner Books; First edition (October 6, 2008)
- Publication date : October 6, 2008
- Language : English
- File size : 1718 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 285 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #330,239 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The story of Gudrid should have been riveting. This is a woman who traveled from her Scandinavian home to Greenland, Iceland, and the area of the Americas known to Vikings as "Vinland," for its wild grapes. In her old age, she made a pilgrimage to Rome and became a nun. But the book goes every which-way, bouncing from her life, to archeological information, to Erik the Red, and back again, never quite allowing the reader to come to know Gudrid on a level where we could feel engaged with her life and adventures. I recognize that there's scant information about her, but what there was could have been better used, in my opinion.
Still, if you're interested in Viking travels to the new world, this book does offer some insights, and that's not a bad thing.
Maybe it's an odd comment, but I really loved the chapters on land claiming (Chapter 5) and turf homes and entire houses dissembled and moved plank by plank to Iceland (Chapter 8).
I felt Gudrid's life was an excellent jumping off point for which the author talking about women's roles.
Top reviews from other countries
We read about settlement in Greenland and also the discovery of North America, again pieced together from old sagas and real, archaeological evidence.
Unfortunately, some of the writing is a little hard to follow - the author has some rather ambiguous sentences and one is often confused the the names and relationships between different families. the thread of the story is often distracting.
However, for those who want to learn more about how the Vikings spread across the world in their longboats, how Iceland became a land of sheep-farmers and how Eirik the Red discovered America, it is definitely well worth reading.
I enjoyed it.