Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Voyagers: Being Legends and Romances of Atlantic Discovery

The Voyagers: Being Legends and Romances of Atlantic Discovery by Padraic Colum is a little difficult to track down so check at your local library for copies.

Here's my review of The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles.

The Blurb

1926 Newbery Honor Book 
Contents include: The Tower Above the Ocean / The Legend of Atlantis / The Voyage of Maelduin / The Voyages of Saint Brendan / The Children of Eric the Red / On the Tower / The Great Admiral / The Fountain of Youth / Virginia / The Naming of the Land.

My Review
The Voyagers: Being Legends And Romances Of Atlantic Discovery by Padraic Colum
My rating: 1 of 5 stars 
I groaned when Padraic Colum came up again in my quest to read all the Newbery books. I didn't care for his 1922 honor book, The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles, which may explain why my older relatives skipped reading this book with me. 
I will give Colum this: he experiments with tone. I called The Golden Fleece quasi-archaic. The Voyagers is quasi-Biblical in sentence structure and word choice, sounding like something you'd read/hear in Sunday school. (I was also turned off by Christianity at a young age and my elder-relatives may have skipped this book with me to avoid conflicts with Christian-kin).

The majority of this book is just a bunch of dudes sailing around on a boat in territory unbeknownst to them and it's as boring as it sounds.

This collection of myths is a prime example of Christian appropriation of older Celtic and Nordic myths, a calculated retelling to promote the Christian version of history and the Doctorine of Discovery. Bah! I'd rather read real history.

I already know Colum took a 1934 Honor Award with The Big Tree of Bunlahy: Stories of My Own Countryside and I'm not looking forward to reading it.

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