Un colto e curioso dignitario arabo, Ibn Fadlan, viene inviato in missione diplomatica dal suo califfo nella terra dei normanni. Siamo nel 922 dopo Cristo, e Ibn Fadlan annota nel suo diario di viaggio ciò di cui è testimone. Incontra numerosi gruppi di «barbari», che curano molto meno l’igiene di quanto non facciano con il cibo, l’alcol e il sesso. Assiste ai loro riti, alla violenza delle loro cerimonie, alle orge. Quello di Fadlan con l’Europa dell’epoca è un incontro scioccante, per lui che viene dal mondo sofisticato ed evoluto di Baghdad, la «Città della pace». Ma, nonostante la sua diversità, viene accolto nel clan vichingo in cui giunge. Gode della protezione del suo capo, Buliwyf, e seguirà il gruppo fino in Scandinavia, fino alla lotta finale contro le misteriose creature della nebbia che minacciano la sopravvivenza stessa del clan.
- ISBN: 8811601932
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 176
I have to confess, the first time I read this book I thought it was a real manuscript, and that Crichton was just putting it for us in book form...until I got to the epilogue. That was when I understand that Crichton is an amazing story teller. Digging around, I found out that Crichton did the book o Leggi tutto
Oi, Are you ready to ride towards Valhalla with mighty Viking warriors? Step right into this ship, dear fellow. “Animals die, friends die, and I shall die, but one thing never dies, and that is the reputation we leave behind at our death.” In Eaters of the Dead , Crichton forms a holy m
Awful. Don’t waste your time. Much despised gory violence. 0 of 10 stars!
Arabian Nights meets « Vikings » : how did I put off reading this book for so long when I loved “The 13th Warrior” and when I have a huge weakness for Vikings? I don’t know. Maybe I have way too many unread books piling up everywhere in my apartment, so some titles slip through the cracks. But my hu Leggi tutto
Let me preface this review by saying Eaters of the Dead is not fantasy. It seems often shelved by people as fantasy, but it is not. There are some fantasy 'themes' eg the story is based on Beowulf, and that is all. A whiff of potential fantasy that is no more than a whiff. I thoroughly enjoyed the bo Leggi tutto
This was a book that I had on my shelves for a long time and ditched it unread long ago during a spastic weeding-out. It was a stupid decision, but was no doubt prompted by a quick glance-through that revealed it was written like a manuscript and my mood wasn't simpatico with that at the time. But w Leggi tutto
شيء رائع انك تكتشف ان مصدر كثير من شخصيات وانواع افلام وروايات الخيال العلمي مصدرها أو مستوحاة من مخطوطة رحالة عربي في القرن العاشر الميلادي المخطوطة ممتعة جدا وكذلك ملاحظات الكاتب مايكل كرايتون الذي ترجم وصاغ ودرس المخطوطة الاصلية من عدة طرق الاسلوب السردي وذكر التفاصيل رائعين ولا تشعر انها كتبت من Leggi tutto
This book was everything I have been looking for lately. Violence? Check. Great story but not overly done background stories nor weighed down by unnecessary details? Check (while I love these things usually, sometimes you gotta take a break). Motherfucking Vikings? Check (I really want to watch this sho Leggi tutto
Very well done if you understand Crichton's purpose..., I think that the confusion with this book arises from the fact that people don't understand what Crichton accomplished. This is a retelling of Beowulf, in a first person, narrative, entertaining form. The narrator, Ibn Fadlan, is an actual Muslim Leggi tutto
I'd been wanting to read this book ever since I found out the movie The 13th Warrior was based on it. I'm a fan of historical fiction and thought this would be right up my alley. It was a decent read, shorter than I expected and better than the movie. I love the blending at the start of real excerpt Leggi tutto
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