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Publisher's Summary

In 1848, a motley crew of Danish sailors sets sail from the small island town of Marstal to fight the Germans. Not all of them return - and those who do will never be the same. Among them is the daredevil Laurids Madsen, who promptly escapes again into the anonymity of the high seas. This is also the story of the port town of Marstal, Denmark, whose inhabitants sailed the world from the mid-19th century to the end of the Second World War and about the women and children they left behind.
The novel tells of ships wrecked and blown up in wars, of places of terror and violence that continue to lure each generation with their cannibals, shrunken heads, prophetic dreams, forbidden passions, cowards, heroes, tragedies, and miraculous survivals. The result is a brilliant seafaring novel, a gripping saga encompassing industrial growth, the years of expansion and exploration, the crucible of the first half of the 20th century, and, most of all, the sea.
Hailed in Europe as an instant classic, We, the Drowned, spanning four generations, two world wars, and a hundred years, is an epic tale of adventure, ruthlessness, and passion destined to take its place among the greatest seafaring literature.
©2006 Carsten Jensen og Gyldendal. Translation © 2010 by Charlotte Barslund (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Z on 01-14-17

We, the Drowned

If you could sum up We, the Drowned in three words, what would they be?

Sailing, Marstal, Sailing

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Cut out the middle, limited sections on Albert-I didn't like him nearly as much as the author.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

It was fine. Nothing stands out.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

WWII.

Any additional comments?

The beginning is very good, so is the final third to a lesser extent. The middle was tough to get through for me.

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By Xiaantin on 04-04-16

Wow! The sea of life and humanity.

Narration by Simon Vance is sublime to the ears and mind. The story translated into English is done with perfect balance of wind and sail and sea.

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2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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