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Publisher Comments:

Jane Smiley, the Pultizer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres, gives us a magnificent novel of fourteenth-century Greenland. Rich with fascinating detail about the day-to-day joys and innumerable hardships of remarkable people, The Greenlanders is also the compelling story of one family — proud landowner Asgeir Gunnarsson; his daughter Margret, whose willful independence leads her into passionate adultery and exile; and his son Gunnar, whose quest for knowledge is at the compelling center of this unforgettable book. Echoing the simple power of the old Norse sagas, here is a novel that brings a remote civilization to life and shows how it was very like our own.

Review:

"Totally compelling...fascinating...In the manner of the big books of the nineteenth century, in which complex family and community matters unravel — Dickens, Dumas, Tolstoy — The Greenlanders sweeps the reader along...Jane Smiley is a true storyteller." The Washington Post

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"A powerful, moving study of human frailty and the ephemeral nature of courage and love." USA Today

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"Wonderful...A historical novel with the nearness of contemporary fiction." The New Republic

Review:

"[An] epic masterpiece...spellbinding..." The New York Times Book Review

Table of Contents

Riches — The devil — Love — Epilogue.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780449910894
Author:
Smiley, Jane
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Civilization, medieval
Subject:
Greenland
Subject:
Civilization, Medieval -- Fiction.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1st Ballantine Books Trade Paperback ed.
Series Volume:
81-25
Publication Date:
September 1996
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
8.04x5.15x1.08 in. .95 lbs.

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Product details 608 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780449910894 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Totally compelling...fascinating...In the manner of the big books of the nineteenth century, in which complex family and community matters unravel — Dickens, Dumas, Tolstoy — The Greenlanders sweeps the reader along...Jane Smiley is a true storyteller."
"Review" by , "A powerful, moving study of human frailty and the ephemeral nature of courage and love."
"Review" by , "Wonderful...A historical novel with the nearness of contemporary fiction."
"Review" by , "[An] epic masterpiece...spellbinding..."
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