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"It's terrific fun, the kind of book that moves the fustiest of critics to pronounce it a rollicking yarn or something to that effect. Translation for us mere mortals: There are no boring parts to skip...Bengtsson writes the most delightful version of historical fiction...Here is the buried treasure, readers, newly unearthed. Now, go forth and read." --The Christian Science Monitor
"The literary equivalent of an action- and intrigue-filled adventure movie that won't insult your intelligence...Orm is a charismatic character, and Bengtsson is an infectiously enthusiastic and surprisingly funny writer — even readers with zero interest in the Europe of a millennium ago will want to keep turning the pages. All novels should be so lucky as to age this well." --NPR
“This extraordinary saga of epic adventure on land and sea…is a masterpiece of historical fiction…The Long Ships should be a rare delight. And not least of the rewards of reading Mr. Bengtsson's gorgeous romance is the sly humor that is sprinkled through it.” -Orville Prescott, The New York Times
Bengtsson “keeps his readers eager for the next chapter. He has a sharp eye for the picturesque and the comic in daily living, and though his style is sophisticated he often writes with a kind of festive abandon.” -Hudson Strode The New York Herald Tribune
“This is a lusty man's book that women, too, will enjoy.” -Margaret Widdemer, The Philadelphia Inquirer
“The Long Ships has many virtues of the true story-teller's art…Under the merriment and the fighting there is a great deal of scholarship as sound as it is imperceptible. Reading this marvelously good-humored ale-broth of a book, you say: this is how it must have been to be a Viking chief a thousand years ago. And not such a bad life at that.” -Burke Wilkinson, The New York Times
A “wonderful adventure novel…” -Phillip French, The Observer
“Offers lusty Vikings lusting and looting, bedding and battling across Europe from the Ebro to the Dneiper.” -Time Magazine
“A splendidly robust saga of the Vikings…crackles with humour.” -Daily Telegraph
“The author and his excellent translator bring that old, warrior world alive with such vigorous enjoyment and simplicity that the deeds of those men roving about the world in their dragon ships seem as marvelous as those of our atomic age.” -Daily Telegraph
“A boldly illuminated picture of the Northmen…confidently recommended.” -The Times (London)
“A remarkable panorama of a vanished way of life.” -Times Literary Supplement
“A banquet of adventure by sea and land, with man-size helpings of battle and murder, robbery and rape.” -New Statesman
“Lusty and uninhibited…a tour de force.” -Evening News
“Still the king of books about Vikings…the Vikings liked to row and sail and fight. That's what they do in this action-packed epic.” -Bookmarks Magazine
"Even though The Long Ships was first published in 1941, it remains the literary equivalent of an action-and intrigue-filled adventure movie that won't insult your intelligence...Bengtsson is an infectiously enthusiastic and surprisingly funny writer--even readers with zero interest in the Europe of a millennium ago will want to keep turning the pages."
--Michael Schaub, NPR.org
A stellar adventure / historical fiction novel that is well written.
The author has a wonderful sense of humor that turned what could have been dry history into a very entertaining story.
I have never been more disappointed to have finished reading a book...because I didn't want the story to ever end!
I loved this book. There was good character development and depth to each one. It's not often nowadays you can encompass the life of one man in a single book, but the author did... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Eric the Read
I was barely able to put this book down ! Mr. Bengtsson story telling is superb ! I'd recommend this book to anybody that's into Viking Tales.Published 5 days ago by Bobby Hazlett
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was sorry that it ended. I have read a number of books which took place in this time period. I enjoyed meeting Harald Blue Tooth and Ethelred. Read morePublished 10 days ago by lanoitan
I love vikings. And I loved this book. It brings you into a world that could have maybe existed and makes it very real. Check it out.Published 18 days ago by Eric Morrow
This epic tales follows the life of Red Orm from his time as a child to his old age. It is a story filled with grand adventure, fighting, and humor. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Joshua Cannon
A classic historical novel by an author who deserves greater renown outside Scandinavia.Published 26 days ago by Jens Falster
Good historical fiction although it was a bit long. Lots of action. Highly recommended. Not much more to say. GoosPublished 1 month ago by Supply Chain Mike
I think the best way to approach this book is not to think of it as a modern novel but instead imagine that you are being told this story by a grandfather or a bard in an inn on a... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dan Harlow