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Eaters of the Dead (1976)
de Michael Crichton
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I love the movie, so I thought I'd give the book a try. I never thought I'd say this - the movie is better. Or rather, the movie reproduced the book almost verbatim, but the writing was so dry I needed a month to finish it while the movie is... well, the movie - fun and over in less than two hours. ( )
I'm glad this book, for some reason, lit a new fire in me to read historical nonfiction. However, the book itself did not capture me. The main character's generalizations of the people he saw, the plodding and dry nature of the story, the complete lack of horror elements like I expected, and the almost non-existent Beowulf retelling made it really difficult for me to focus as I was reading. Completely forgettable.
Ha! Never knew Crichton wrote about Beowulf- and as an answer to a bet that he couldn’t make boring Beowulf interesting. And based on the real writings of an Arab traveler Ibn Fadlan. I think Crichton won this bet. And then some.
A fictitious account by an Arab traveller with Viking warriors and their encounter with Neanderthal man, as told in the ancient tale Beowulf. Quite an imaginative leap into what could have been the Viking mind and way of life, this is the core of the book, which only gets into the battle with the Neanderthals in the final chapters.
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It is 922 A.D. The refined Arab courtier Ibn Fadlan is accompanying a party of Viking warriors back to the north. Fadlan belatedly discovers that his job is to combat the terrors in the night that come to slaughter the Vikings--but just how he will do it, Fadlan has no idea.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.54 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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