The Prophets of Eternal Fjord by Kim Leine audiobook

The Prophets of Eternal Fjord

By Kim Leine
Translated by Martin Aitken
Read by Elijah Alexander

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing 9780871406712
20.45 Hours Unabridged
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The award-winning, internationally bestselling saga of a Greenlandic community torn apart by the forces of colonialism and the one priest whose wavering guidance will determine its fate Idealistic, foolhardy Morten Falck is a newly ordained priest sailing to Greenland in 1787 to convert the Inuit to the Danish church. He’s rejected the prospect of a sleepy posting in a local parish and instead departs for the forsaken Sukkertoppen colony, where he will endeavor to convert the locals. A town battered by unremittingly harsh winters and simmering with the threat of dissent, it is a far cry from the parish he envisioned; natives from neighboring villages have unified to reject colonial rule and establish their own settlement atop Eternal Fjord. A bumbling and at times terrifically destructive mix of Shakespeare’s Falstaff and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Arthur Dimmesdale, he’s woefully ill prepared to confront this new sect. Torn between his instinctive compassion for the rebel congregation perched atop Eternal Fjord and his duty to the church, Falck is forced to decide where he belongs. His exploits in this brutal backwater include an accidental explosion after a night curled around a keg, a botched surgery, a love affair with a solitary and fatalistic widow, and an apprenticeship with an eager young scholar that ends in tragedy. Based on authentic events in the 1780s and 90s, Prophets of Eternal Fjord moves from the quiet rooms of the Copenhagen bourgeoisie to the stark, hardscrabble village of the Fjord where Falck finds himself―surprisingly―at home. In gritty detail, Kim Leine reveals the corrosive effects of colonial rule.

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Summary

Summary

The award-winning, internationally bestselling saga of a Greenlandic community torn apart by the forces of colonialism and the one priest whose wavering guidance will determine its fate

Idealistic, foolhardy Morten Falck is a newly ordained priest sailing to Greenland in 1787 to convert the Inuit to the Danish church. He’s rejected the prospect of a sleepy posting in a local parish and instead departs for the forsaken Sukkertoppen colony, where he will endeavor to convert the locals. A town battered by unremittingly harsh winters and simmering with the threat of dissent, it is a far cry from the parish he envisioned; natives from neighboring villages have unified to reject colonial rule and establish their own settlement atop Eternal Fjord. A bumbling and at times terrifically destructive mix of Shakespeare’s Falstaff and Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Arthur Dimmesdale, he’s woefully ill prepared to confront this new sect. Torn between his instinctive compassion for the rebel congregation perched atop Eternal Fjord and his duty to the church, Falck is forced to decide where he belongs. His exploits in this brutal backwater include an accidental explosion after a night curled around a keg, a botched surgery, a love affair with a solitary and fatalistic widow, and an apprenticeship with an eager young scholar that ends in tragedy.

Based on authentic events in the 1780s and 90s, Prophets of Eternal Fjord moves from the quiet rooms of the Copenhagen bourgeoisie to the stark, hardscrabble village of the Fjord where Falck finds himself―surprisingly―at home. In gritty detail, Kim Leine reveals the corrosive effects of colonial rule.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“In compelling detail, Leine recounts the struggles of this flawed shepherd of tough and resistant souls…A seamless translation of an award-winning novel.” Booklist (starred review)
“A pensive, provocative, altogether extraordinary novel of a small-scale clash of cultures and its tragic consequences.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This superb historical explores the moral complexities attending religious and economic colonialism in very intimate and powerful ways…Leine balances his exploration of colonial destruction with touching moments of human connection and intimacy. Epic in sweep and noteworthy for its large cast of skillfully drawn characters, this is a lush, brave book about idealism and faith.” Library Journal
“Dense with historical detail that never overwhelms the myriad characters that populate it, this historical fiction earns the word epic from its very first page.” Lance Weller, author of Wilderness

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Reviews

by Rogue Writer 9/13/2017
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Marquez Much?

In the author's afterword, he admits to borrowing from other stories. The author who pops up most for me while listening to this book is Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Although, I enjoy the style, it is starting to be overplayed in literature. Both problematic and stimulating is the disjointed timeline. There's a lot of backtracking, so pay attention to the dates at the start of each chapter or else you'll miss things or get lost. This book could have been written in a more linear fashion for a less disjointed sense of time. As someone raised in Alaska and who has studied northern native cultures, I also take issue with some of the technical aspects of the environment and depiction of indigenous peoples of Greenland. If you are unaware of these discrepancies and enjoy a dose of magical realism, this is an entertaining book. And for me, Elijah Alexander is always a pleasure to hear.

Author

Author Bio: Kim Leine

Author Bio: Kim Leine

Kim Leine has won the Nordic Council Literature Prize and the Danish booksellers’ Golden Laurel Award. His books have been published all around the world, and he lives in Denmark.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 20.45
Audience: Adult
Language: English