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The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2007

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    I also read this in one sitting. I lterally couldn't put it down! This is a fascinating story about the Vikings in North America and Greenland. I would reccomend this book to anyone.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2007

    'Far Traveler' is staying in my library

    I read it right through in one gulp. I enjoyed it immensely. Nancy does her homework! I like to read the Eddas and puzzle over them, and here is a 'translation' in spirit, written in clear and absorbing language. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes history, is interested in Nordic culture, and enjoys a well-crafted book! You're going to love this 'heroine' :' Stephanie

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2014

    I am a high school sophomore and I chose to read this book for a

    I am a high school sophomore and I chose to read this book for a research project. The book discusses a wide 
    variety of the Vikings, their time, and the stories that they have had. It goes into depth about the stories, which
     they call Sagas, about a Viking woman by the name of Gudrid. It starts off with giving you two stories
     then changes to the boats and how voyages were. Later in the book is goes into Gudrid and the different 
    Sagas that there are about her life. I wouldn’t recommend this book to you unless you can concentrate and take
     in many facts at once. I wouldn’t reread this book again; I didn’t personally take a liking to it. There were a few
     parts that were interesting, but I felt as if though the author was constantly jumping from place to place. I found
     myself lost at many points of the book. The book however, was more useful then not. This book is good if you
     need the information and you are doing a project, but if you are looking for a more leisure read, I wouldn’t 
    recommend this book because it was mentally exhausting. You couldn’t read too much at a time because it
     would leave you confused. 

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

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    Highly recommend for any woman who is a history lover.

    Its funny that not many people know or even seem to care that too much about the role and influence that we women have in shaping our history. And you wont find too many books out there that speak on that either. There were A LOT of "women firsts" that got covered up by history. In this book Nancy Marie Brown just happens to point out that the true discovery of North America could be just one of those moments. Could a viking woman have been THE FIRST to discover America 500 years BEFORE Christopher Columbus did? Based on constant archeological digs and a ton of researching on who this Gertrude Carlseffni was it just very well may be true.

    The book reads very much like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, lots of Icelandic style names and a lot of adventuring between Iceland, Greenland, and the coast of Massachusetts which at one point was named Vineland by the Vikings. The book also walks you through the role that viking women had in their every day lives from every day house work to laundry and weaving (which in itself is a highly interesting subject on how it was all done back then.)

    So hop on board the ship and discover for yourself the adventures that this book has stored.

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  • Posted November 25, 2008

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    The Far Traveler

    I just finished this book. It also has me interested in what was the Little Ice Age and how the it humbled the Vikings as well as getting to know their world and why they did and lived how they did and lived. The Far Traveler is very much like reading the Lord of the Rings Trilogy all over again. You can see how fascinated Tolkein was w/ the Icelandic culture and where he got a lot of his style and names for people and places for his Middle Earth. I recommand any history buff this book. It is really an amazing adventure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2008

    Not for the casual reader

    I found the book difficult to read - jumps around from sagas, the story, the author's archeology, etc. But then I am not a strong reader or historian - just someone looking for an enjoyable book to read at night.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2007

    Real-life mystery

    For any reader who appreciates a good, real-life mystery and enjoys learning about the old crafts and lost arts in a story of archaeological discovery, Far Traveler satisfies on all counts. As in her previous book, A Good Horse Has No Color, the author writes with such descriptive precision and sense of immediacy that the reader experiences the search for information about this historically significant Icelandic woman as if right by the author's side during the discovery process. A book you want to immediately re-read on reaching the last page when the story comes full circle.

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