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  1. says:

    A brilliant literary Novel, inspired by a true story, The Sealwoman s Gift evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place Islandic History brought to life makes this a very moving, believable and enjoyable readIn 1627 Barbary pirates raided the coast of Iceland and abducted some 400 of its people, including 250 from a tiny island off the mainland Among the captives sold into slavery in Algiers were the island pastor, his wife and their three children Although the raid itself is well A brilliant literary Novel, inspired by a true story, The Sealwoman s Gift evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place Islandic History brought to life makes this a very moving, believable and enjoyable readIn 1627 Barbary pirates raided the coast of Iceland and abducted some 400 of its people, including 250 from a tiny island off the mainland Among the captives sold into slavery in Algiers were the island pastor, his wife and their three children Although the raid itself is well documented, little is known about what happened to the women and children afterwards It was a time when women everywhere were largely silent This is a fascinating and little known historical event that took place in not only Iceland...


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    The Scottish Icelandic Magnusson family are very well known in Scotland and the UK Sally is a broadcaster and journalist, her father, Magnus Magnusson, was chair of Mastermind for many years and an expert on Iceland s history and sagas This isn t Sally s first book but it is her first novel It s based on a raid on Iceland in 1627 by Algerian and Moroccan corsairs pirates during the course of which many Icelanders were killed and 400 were captured to be sold as slaves in Algiers The event i The Scottish Icelandic Magnusson family are very well known in Scotland and the UK...


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    There s something so wonderful about being wholly drawn into a richly imagined historical novel that both illuminates a somewhat forgotten or not widely known period of history and gives voice to people who are only glancingly referred to in the history books Sally Magnusson does all this in her debut novel The Sealwoman s Gift which recounts the abduction of over four hundred Icelandic citizens from their homes in the year 1627 by pirates from Morocco and Algeria These prisoners were sold i There s something so wonderful about being wholly drawn into a richly imagined historical novel that both illuminates a somewhat forgotten or not widely known period of history and gives voice to people who are only glancingly referred to in the history books Sally Magnusson does all this in her debut novel The Sealwoman s Gift which recounts the abduction of over four hundred Icelandic citizens from their homes in the year 1627 by pirates from Morocco and Algeria These prisoners were sold into slavery and a ransom for their release wasn t obtained until several years later by which point many of those abducted had either died, been irretrievably lost or c...


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    It was one of those morning when the winds breaths the scent of cut grass and the sea winkles like an old man s hand When you can see nearly all the islands dozing for miles around in the clear light I originally read this on audible but loved it so much I picked up a hardcopy today so I can reread it The premise is based on a true story In 1627 Barbary Pirates abducted 400 people from a remote island in Christian Iceland and sold them into slavery in Muslim Algiers This is the imagined st It was one of those morning when the winds breaths the scent of cut grass and the sea winkles like an old man s hand When you can see nearly all the islands dozing for miles around in the clear light I originally read this on audibl...


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    Described as The Turkish Raid or Tyrkjar ni , the inspiration for the novel is based on the invasion of Iceland in 1627 by pirates from Algeria and Morocco, also known as Barbary pirates a reference to the Barbary coast, a term used by Europeans in the 16th century, referring to the coastal aspect of the collective lands of the Berber people of North Africa They were lead by the ambitious and cunning Dutch captain Jan Janszoon van Haarlem, commonly known as Murat Reis the Younger, himself cap Described as The Turkish Raid or Tyrkjar ni , the inspiration for the novel is based on the invasion of Iceland in 1627 by pirates from Algeria and Morocco, also known as Barbary pirates a reference to the Barbary coast, a term used by Europeans in the 16th century, referring to the coastal aspect of the collective lands of the Berber people of North Africa They were lead by the ambitious and cunning Dutch captain Jan Janszoon van Haarlem, commonly known as Murat Reis the Youn...


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    In 1627, pirates from North Africa raided coastal settlements in Iceland, carrying away with them a substantial proportion of the island s population to be sold in the slave markets of Algiers One of the prisoners, a priest called lafur, was sent back to arrange unsuccessfully for the ransom of his parishioners He wrote an account of his experiences which Sally Magnusson drew upon to create this, her debut novel Magnusson has picked a fascinating event to write about, particularly since she In 1627, pirates from North Africa raided coastal settlements in Iceland, carrying away with them a substantial proportion of the island s population to be sold in the slave markets of Algiers One of the prisoners, a priest called lafur, was sent back to arrange unsuccessfully for the ransom of his parishioners He wrote an account of his experiences which Sally Magnusson drew upon to create this, he...


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    Hmmmm. I didn t get the hype with this one There is no doubt Magnusson writes beautifully about the Icelandic landscape the first 100 pages or so of this novel were wonderful.After that it read a bitlike a memoir or biography of Asta and ...


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    I have a thing for Iceland and a thing for pirates, so this surprisingly fluent and moving historical novel had me at hello It opens in the spring of 1628 when nearly 400 Icelanders from the remote Western Isles are kidnapped by the renowned Algerine pirate Murat Reis Dozens of others are murdered during the brutal and unprecedented raid Amongst the taken are priest Olafur Egilson, his wife Asta Thorsteinsdottir and two of their children, 11 year old Egill and three year old Marta Heavily pr I have a thing for Iceland and a thing for pirates, so this surprisingly fluent and moving historical novel had me at hello It opens in the spring of 1628 when nearly 400 Icelanders from the remote Western Isles are kidnapped by the renowned Algerine pirate Murat Reis Dozens of others are murdered during the brutal and unprecedented raid Amongst the taken are priest Olafur Egilson, his wife Asta Thorsteinsdottir and two of their children, 11 year old Egill and three year old Marta Heavily pregnant Asta gives birth to a third child, Jon, in the dank crowded hold of the slavers ship.It s a captivating beginning, tightly and atmospherically told in a complicated structure of flash back and changed perspective You would be excused for thinking that what follows will be an adventure story, but that s not the style of Magnusson s debut at all Instead it is a moving account of Olafur and Asta s response to ...


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    This is a fictionalised account of a real life historical event in the 1600s when hundreds of people in Iceland were killed by pirates or captured and taken as slaves The story is told from the perspective of the wife of a priest from a small southern island As a disclaimer I should admit that since visiting several years ago, I m a keen enthusiast for contemporary books set in Iceland It s an amazing place Despite being set in different countries and different centuries, this story reminde This is a fictionalised account of a real life historical event in the 1600s when hundreds of people in Iceland were killed by pirates or captured and taken as slaves The story is told from the perspective of the wife of a priest from a small southern island As a disclaimer I should admit that since visiting several years ago, I m a keen enthusiast for contemporary books set in Iceland It s an amazing place Despite being set in different countries and different centuries, this st...


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I know it s tempting to click on the show spoilers thingy which is why I m warning you again If you ever want to read this control yourself people.I think this book was so well crafted and beautifully written especially if you check out the author s note at the end The history was palpable and every character felt to me as if this story could have focused on them and it would not have been any less of a story because of it Every controversial aspect of this book was made understandable fro I know it s tempting to click on the show spoilers thingy which is why I m warning you again If you ever want to read this control yourself people.I think this book was so well crafted and beautifully written especially if you check out the author s note at the end The...


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The Sealwomans Gift In 1627 Barbary Pirates Raided The Coast Of Iceland And Abducted Some 400 Of Its People, Including 250 From A Tiny Island Off The Mainland Among The Captives Sold Into Slavery In Algiers Were The Island Pastor, His Wife And Their Three Children Although The Raid Itself Is Well Documented, Little Is Known About What Happened To The Women And Children Afterwards It Was A Time When Women Everywhere Were Largely Silent.In This Brilliant Reimagining, Sally Magnusson Gives A Voice To Sta, The Pastor S Wife Enslaved In An Alien Arab Culture Sta Meets The Loss Of Both Her Freedom And Her Children With The One Thing She Has Brought From Home The Stories In Her Head Steeped In The Sagas And Folk Tales Of Her Northern Homeland, She Finds Herself Experiencing Not Just The Separations And Agonies Of Captivity, But The Reassessments That Come In Any Age When Intelligent Eyes Are Opened To Other Lives, Other Cultures And Other Kinds Of Loving.The Sealwoman S Gift Is About The Eternal Power Of Storytelling To Help Us Survive The Novel Is Full Of Stories Icelandic Ones Told To Fend Off A Slave Owner S Advances, Arabian Ones To Help An Old Man Die And There Are Others, Too The Stories We Tell Ourselves To Protect Our Minds From What Cannot Otherwise Be Borne, The Stories We Need To Make Us Happy.

  • Hardcover
  • 362 pages
  • The Sealwomans Gift
  • Sally Magnusson
  • English
  • 06 June 2018
  • 147363895X

About the Author: Sally Magnusson

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