We, the Drowned

We, the Drowned

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Carsten Jensen s debut novel has taken the world by storm. Already hailed in Europe as an instant classic, "We, the Drowned" is the story of the port town of Marstal, whose inhabitants have sailed the world s oceans aboard freight ships for centuries. Spanning over a hundred years, from the mid-nineteenth century to the end of the Second World War, and from the barren rocks of Newfoundland to the lush plantations of Samoa, from the roughest bars in Tasmania, to the frozen coasts of northern Russia, "We, the Drowned" spins a magnificent tale of love, war, and adventure, a tale of the men who go to sea and the women they leave behind. Ships are wrecked at sea and blown up during wars, they are places of terror and violence, yet they continue to lure each generation of Marstal men fathers and sons away. Strong, resilient, women raise families alone and sometimes take history into their own hands. There are cannibals here, shrunken heads, prophetic dreams, forbidden passions, cowards, heroes, devastating tragedies, and miraculous survivals everything that a town like Marstal has actually experienced, and that makes "We, the Drowned" an unforgettable novel, destined to take its place among the greatest seafaring literature."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 678 pages
  • 147.32 x 231.14 x 48.26mm | 997.9g
  • Boston, MA, United States
  • English
  • Maps
  • 0151013772
  • 9780151013777
  • 670,971

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"We, The Drowned"is "most memorable for the sheer gusto of its narrative. The author ennobles the old-fashioned art of storytelling by showing how the relating of a tale can itself foster a spirit of fellowship..."We, The Drowned"is itself a monument to the way that history can be made epic through legend."
-"The Wall Street Journal
""As an epic of grand design, "We, The Drowned"is a thumping success."
-"The San Francisco Chronicle"
"Powerful reading for a long winter's night... This gorgeous, unsparing novel ends during the last days of World War II with a captain struggling to bring his crew home after their ship is torpedoed. The sea is Marstal's life and Jensen's unstrained metaphor: luring the Marstallers away from home, offering uncertain passage and providing few harbors that are safe for long."
-"The Washington Post"
"From adventures on the storm-ravaged seas and in exotic lands, to battles in town over the shipping industry and family life, dozens
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5,578 ratings
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4 36% (1,988)
3 13% (717)
2 3% (194)
1 2% (88)
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