I raced through it, footnotes and all, in just a couple of days. The point with Ahmed Ibn Fadlan's text is it is un-biased, non-judgemental on the whole observations of what he saw. That's the other thing about Chriton. The Vikings right then would have figured out they were not serpents or animals but someone or something trying to impersonate bears. In the last battle, four drive off an army and the only casualty was already dying from an earlier wound. There are apparently hundreds of them, if not more. Personally, I enjoyed the film for what it was: a fun adventure story.
There is a fantastic cast in this movie, with Banderas, Storhøi and Kulich making their characters come truly alive. In reality they are which have been for centuries. The legend goes that Hrolf Kraki had an entourage of 12 warriors like Buliwyf in the film and in some versions, one of them is Bödvar Bjarki, a hero who shares parallels with the hero Beowulf. The name is obviously borrowed from the Vendel, which were the people who lived in Sweden in the period preceding the Viking Age. This story speaks of one such seemingly unnatural pairing : an Arab in the land of the Vikings.
As long as the desert island had electricity, plugs, and you had a BluRay player and a tv. Some have called it dry, and it could certainly be considered that, depending on what one's expectations are and amount of exposure to and enjoyment of very old historical and cultural texts. That is what I regard it as. All factors considered it is a decent enough thriller and at the hands of someone like Crichton, the pace is fast enough to deliver a good read. Ahmad ibn Fadlan narrates his adventure and his growing respect for the barbarians around him.
Adding to the genuine feeling of the manuscript there are many footnotes, references to various scholarly works that have been written about Fadlan's narrative, and an appendix discussing the nature of the 'terror'. What I found truly captivating was that it was written as a manuscript. He wasn't afraid to expand on other peoples ideas and experiences. Now, here is the fun part: As per Ibn Fadlan's eyewitness account, Vikings are extremely dirty and barbarous bunch, even according to 10th century standards. It works at certain parts, especially during the journey to the north and with the characterization of Buliwyf and Herger, but stumbles with the mist monster legends and prophecies, which feels out of place because of the realistic portrayal of events.
As long as the desert island had electricity, plugs, and you had a BluRay player and a tv. At some point early in the production, it was apparently determined that endless scenes of long-haired Vikings in sword fights would be more interesting than the telling of these stories. His novel won the Edgar Award in 1969. A classic Viking film and one of those to take on a desert island. To imagine Marco Polo or Ibn Battuta at a place I know of in a time far ago would have been a most amusing thing.
The 13th Warrior got that fact backward. Everyone cracks up, including Ahmad himself. There was really nothing I didn't like. Relic Neanderthals or Cro-Magnons, that they'd pick new technology from their neighbors if they lived for another 31,000 years. The idea for the book came after Crichton heard his pal giving a lecture including Beowulf as among the Bores of Literature. The whole thing reads like a travel journal of an extremely observant man.
Very well done if you understand Crichton's purpose. And what a book he came out with! There are some fantasy 'themes' eg the story is based on Beowulf, and that is all. Threatened with dire consequences, Ahmed, advised by a veteran courtier in a cameo , prudently travels north as an ambassador to the Vikings, where he is seen as a curiosity and a challenge. This book was a lot different than his usual stuff that I have read, but still really enjoyable. Una vez superada la introducción te metes de lleno en la trama y no puedes dejar de leer. Ahmad ibn Fadlan is an educated Arab courtier who is as punishment for a courtly indiscretion.
One dumb move like this is easily remedied. I found that the tale steered clear from straight fantasy and does come up with an explanation for the characters of the Baddies, which are explained in the appendix. I am glad to have read it. Beowulf is a classic us against them story. My Book Blog: My Facebook Page: My Pinterest: Adventurous, very Arabian Nights vibe. To imagine Marco Polo or Ibn Battuta at a place I know of in a time far ago would have been a most amusing thing.
Yes, it is absurd in a science fiction kind of way. However, in time he develops an understanding and respect for the Viking warriors and is welcomed into their society by their leader, Buliwyf. دوستانِ گرانقدر، کتابی بود سراسر چرت و پرت و سرشار از خزعبلاتی که بیشتر به داستانهای خیالی و ترسناک شباهت دارد تا به یک سفرنامه --------------------------------------------- جالب آن است که نویسندهٔ این کتاب «مایکل کرایکتون» از نوشته هایِ خیالی و چرت و پرتِ یک تازی استفاده کرده و هدفش نوشتنِ کتابی خیالی بوده است و حتی خودش هم کتاب را خیالی میداند. And as such I was quite interested in this novel. The idea for the book came after Crichton heard his pal giving a lecture including Beowulf as among the Bores of Literature.