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Translated by Keneva Kunz" who is a lecturer in English and applied linguistics at the University of Iceland.
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  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; 1 edition (June 4, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014044775X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140447750
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #645,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By wiredweird HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 24, 2015
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Icelandic sagas form a fascinating core of Western literature. The intrigues, vendettas, and glorious tales never pall. The generation epics represent not just good stories in themselves, but a look into Norse history. Even filtered through layers of hero worship, magical beliefs, Christian propagandizing, and a rush to get to the good part, some genuine sense of the time and people remains. Keneva Kuntz's translation brings it all to life in modern English, removing the barrier of unfamiliar language between modern readers and the old stories.

So, given their easy accessibility and excitement, I'm grateful that these classics are never taught at high school level. I mean, the characters and plots could easily appeal to kids of that age and could broaden their notions of literature and history. But, in my experience, anything taught in high school becomes repulsive - decades later, I still can't stomach whatever was jammed down my throat back then. I remain grateful that these wonderful stories were spared that treatment, and can still offer enjoyable reading as well as cultural insight.

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In many ways, this is a flagship example of a typical Icelandic Saga.

Here we have a narrative of a multi-generational feud, and how two families came to blows over a minor incident. The violence escalated as each faction vowed to avenge ever-increasing assaults upon their relatives, property, and family prestige.

At the center of it all, is the ill-fated love between Kjartan and Gudrun. Kjartan, a powerful up-and-coming warrior in his youth, sailed off to Norway to seek his fortune in the service of the king. Gudrun, the most glamorous woman in northwestern Iceland, waited some time for Kjartan to return, ...but married Kjartan's best friend Bolli Bollason instead.

Kjartan eventually returned to Iceland, wealthier and with a great reputation earned abroad. Finding Gudrun married, he chose another woman, ...and Gudrun never forgave him!

With the inevitable tensions set, it was all a matter of time before the swords, knives, and axes came out.
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This is one of the greatest icelandic sagas. The famed story of Gudrun and her loves is a wonderful read which engages contemporary readers.
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This read is a wonderful look into the history of the Icelandic culture!
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Great book in barely-used condition. Arrived early. The perfect book for my college class.
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