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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
“Since I finished The Long Ships, I’ve been kicking myself for not having succumbed earlier...a book [of] many pleasures."—Cheston Knapp, Tin House
Adventure and wonderful insight of male bonding and libido. Funny , also frightening at times in that not much has changed in male behavior!Published 4 days ago by dina f ghen
great read about the history of the Vikings in a fictional format. Really gives a glimpse of what the world was like 1,000 years ago.Published 6 days ago by jim semitekol
A great classic novel. I read it because I was reading 1940s material and was surprised at the pacing and the way it maintained my interest. Read morePublished 17 days ago by J. Coffey
Very entertaining read. A plot-driven narrative that provides insight into both Viking society at the turn of the millennium, and an interesting outsider's perspective on Muslim... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Louis Thompson
If you like Vikings, adventure, treasure then this is a great tale to pick up. The lead character, Orm, and his companions are not super heroes and that is what make the story so... Read morePublished 1 month ago by B Anthony
The mode of narrative is what makes this book stand out. It is old-fashioned, yet warm, engaging, humorous. It is in the style of story telling of olden times. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stephen Muires, author of Ordained - a novel.
The only bad thing about this book is there won't be another. Sadness in droves for this reader.Published 2 months ago by Billy Fox