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The Saga of Erik the Viking: A Story for Bill Hardcover – 31 Oct 1988


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Schocken Books; American ed edition (31 Oct. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080523876X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805238761
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 20.1 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,049,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mme Lord on 14 Mar. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a really wonderful book. The language is rich and entertaining and the stories are excellent, magical. To start with my little girl (aged 7) found it quite scary - the pictures too - but after a while you realise that despite the horrific things which befall Erik and his splendidly named comarades on his quest to find the land where the sun goes at night - everything, at the end of every chapter, (each incredible adventure in its own right), is always alright. What's more the message of the tale is very charming. We have just finished the book and are both rather sad. Buy it and enjoy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bookwulf on 11 Mar. 2011
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I bought this book because I loved it as a kid, and was not disappointed when I re-read it as an adult, it's just as fantastic the second time around. I love the illustrations and the gentle story telling by Terry Jones. This can be enjoyed by both young kids adults and alike, it's just a pity the film was not so good.
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By Rep on 7 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
Brilliant quality book. The original was bought for me by my grandmother , I lost it . I was so happy to replace one of my childhood books! Thankyou.
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By Emma on 26 Nov. 2014
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Great book, kids love it. Great condition and beautiful illustrations.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Entertainment at it's NORDIC BEST! 18 April 2003
By KTM Kim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The boys from Monte Python have done it! After reading this book, I was thoroughly satisfied. I don't know what I expected to find within, but the impulse buy was worth it. The illustrations are lovely, and the stories are filled with meaning that you will carry with you always. The tales weave into each another to make on big journey. Each ends up with a moral, therefore making it important for children AND adults to read (since we seem to thinkg growing up means to forget childhood "lessons"). Learn them again with this pleasing book, it will keep you fingering through the pages until there are no more.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good introduction to lesser known mythologies 17 Mar. 1998
By zor69@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a good set of stories about Erik's voyages and adventures. Oral traditions of these stories are blatenly obvious, but help younger readers follow the stories. These stories will make great bedtime stories or beginning reader stories. The lessons are timeless and will surely get any child interested in reading more about mythology or the Vikings.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Adventure, Humor, Courage in a Stirring Tale for Young Readers 4 Jun. 2013
By Pop Bop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Despite Terry Jones' famous association with Monty Python, this is not a Monty Python treatment of the Viking Sagas. It also is not intended to be a recapitulation or reworking of the Viking stories for the adult reader, although it is informed by Jones' scholarly interest in the source material.

What Mr. Jones makes clear at the outset is that this work is intended to acquaint young readers with the excitement, adventure and majesty of the tales of Iceland. In this, it seems to me that the author has succeeded admirably. The stories are told in a crisp and clear style, with just a touch of the ambiguity and mystery that informs so many myth cycles. There is physical adventure, battle and bravery, but also human frailty and doubt as Erik and his men embark on their perilous sail into the unknown. As is fitting, there are plenty of enchantments, monsters, dragons, and magics of all sorts.

This is ripping stuff, and the balance between straight adventure and human emotion introduces the young reader to both the obvious attractions and entertainments of mythical stories and the more subtle rewards of reading and thinking about great odysseys.

Because the book is constructed as an interrelated series of short chapters it can be read through as a single episodic tale or broken up for bedtime reading or to suit the convenience or skill level of a younger reader. However you approach it, I can't think of many other books that approach mythological material in as entertaining and accessible fashion as does this book. It quite deserves the accolades it has received over the years.

Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is one very good book. 13 Oct. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Written by ex-Monty Python member Terry Jones, it tells the tale of a Viking named Erik, who, with his men, goes on a quest to find the land where the sun goes at night. It is involving, exciting, well written, and great reading for all ages. I highly recommend it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Courage and Adventure 26 May 2013
By Pop Bop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Despite Terry Jones' famous association with Monty Python, this is not a Monty Python treatment of the Viking Sagas. Despite the dismissive review from the "School Library Journal" on the product page, this is not intended to be a recapitulation or reworking of the Viking stories for the adult reader.

What Mr. Jones makes clear at the outset is that this work is intended to acquaint young readers with the excitement, adventure and majesty of the tales of Iceland. In this, it seems to me that the author has succeeded admirably. The stories are told in a crisp and clear style, with just a touch of the ambiguity and mystery that informs so many myth cycles. There is physical adventure, battle and bravery, but also human frailty and doubt as Erik and his men embark on their perilous sail into the unknown. As is fitting, there are plenty of enchantments, monsters, dragons, and magics of all sorts.

This is ripping stuff, and the balance between straight adventure and human emotion introduces the young reader to both the obvious attractions and entertainments of mythical stories and the more subtle rewards of reading and thinking about great odysseys.

Because the book is constructed as an interrelated series of short chapters it can be read through as a single episodic tale or broken up for bedtime reading or to suit the convenience or skill level of a younger reader. However you approach it, I can't think of many other books that approach mythological material in as entertaining and accessible fashion as does this book. It quite deserves the accolades it has received over the years.

Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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