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Vägen till Jerusalem Summary Ó 102 ↠ The hero of this phenomenally successful historical trilogy is Arn Magnusson born in 1150 to an aristocratic Swedish family THE ROAD TO JERUSALEM covers his childhood and education at the Cistercian monastry of Varnhem There he is taught the best of spiritual and worldly learning as well as being trained toThe hero of this phenomenally successful historical trilogy is Arn Magnusson born in 1150 to an aristocratic Swedish family THE ROAD TO JERUSALEM covers his childhood and education at the Cistercian monastry of Varnhem There he is taught the best of spiritual and. Nordic or Saxon based fantasy or historical novels when written by those outside of the respective countries tend to turn into a gamut of stereotypical scenarios involving ale and whore houses lootin' and pillagin' and some booze fueled mano a mano manly combat with some barbaric execution and torture practices thrown in for good measure All this is supposed to exude that rugged sense of manhood and bonding and brotherhood that kept life going in the longhouses on the icy land Instead these just present a crass stereotypical view of life in the north In today's post Tolkien fantasy realm such as Game of Thrones where the audiences crave that gritty realistic factor in their stories about heroes of bygone era I'm happy to find a story that neither whitewashes the past but also doesn't depend on shock value or lowbrow humor to please the reader Instead the story moves forward through engaging dialog between characters Sometimes the conversations help characters develop their internal compass as they grapple with decisions Other times the dialogues are for the reader helping them navigate the complex ties of politics kinship and Nordic customs as they are happening without resorting to a clumsy info dump The uasi omniscient perspective is also used well and it explains events according to the worldview of the person witnessing it such as when there is a miraculous event but not in a way that's pushy to the reader but rather helps them understand the mental process of the characters better It's also used well to introduce humor into the story when the characters thought one way but the reader understood otherwiseAs for the plot itself I was initially interested in reading a historical novel set during the Crusades and was grumpy to find out that this first volume takes place entirely in medieval Sweden and mostly concerned the childhood and youth of the protagonist Arn as well as the clan intrigues in the country before its unification Bah just a bunch of longboats long names and family lineages and drunken swordfights And it has a cast list in the beginning organized by clans and lineage But the author introduced the complex political tangles and clan relationships and rivalries in an engaging manner Even the main character's youth growing up in a Cistercian monastery what I thought would be the slowest part of the story is very interesting The details of everyday life the philosophical conversations and the personality of the brothers brought the experience to life and makes the reader identify with Arn's spiritual upbringing and the way it shaped his outlook in the base world beyond the walls But then I might be enthusiastic about monastic life than most The ultimate tension in this volume was how this young man would fare out in the world where his values acuired from the brothers from the simple cloistered life would come into tension with the practices of his kinsmen in matters such as having to choose between the comparative evils of strategic murder or even regicide or risk inflicting greater harm through civil war; and through the process the character grows up and reconsiders his point of view A contemplative self searching protagonist something bildungsroman heroes don't do enough as they typically just rage or mope In the next volume I'd imagine this tension between what he learned inside the cloister will be found deficient against the reality as he encounters the much maligned Saracens; and yet he would preserve what the wise monks despite their own prejudices taught him about how man will ultimately be held accountable for exercising his own free will in matters of judgment

Vägen till JerusalemThe hero of this phenomenally successful historical trilogy is Arn Magnusson born in 1150 to an aristocratic Swedish family THE ROAD TO JERUSALEM covers his childhood and education at the Cistercian monastry of Varnhem There he is taught the best of spiritual and. Nordic or Saxon based fantasy or historical novels when written by those outside of the respective countries tend to turn into a gamut of stereotypical scenarios involving ale and whore houses lootin' and pillagin' and some booze fueled mano a mano manly combat with some barbaric execution and torture practices thrown in for good measure All this is supposed to exude that rugged sense of manhood and bonding and brotherhood that kept life going in the longhouses on the icy land Instead these just present a crass stereotypical view of life in the north In today's post Tolkien fantasy realm such as Game of Thrones where the audiences crave that gritty realistic factor in their stories about heroes of bygone era I'm happy to find a story that neither whitewashes the past but also doesn't depend on shock value or lowbrow humor to please the reader Instead the story moves forward through engaging dialog between characters Sometimes the conversations help characters develop their internal compass as they grapple with decisions Other times the dialogues are for the reader helping them navigate the complex ties of politics kinship and Nordic customs as they are happening without resorting to a clumsy info dump The uasi omniscient perspective is also used well and it explains events according to the worldview of the person witnessing it such as when there is a miraculous event but not in a way that's pushy to the reader but rather helps them understand the mental process of the characters better It's also used well to introduce humor into the story when the characters thought one way but the reader understood otherwiseAs for the plot itself I was initially interested in reading a historical novel set during the Crusades and was grumpy to find out that this first volume takes place entirely in medieval Sweden and mostly concerned the childhood and youth of the protagonist Arn as well as the clan intrigues in the country before its unification Bah just a bunch of longboats long names and family lineages and drunken swordfights And it has a cast list in the beginning organized by clans and lineage But the author introduced the complex political tangles and clan relationships and rivalries in an engaging manner Even the main character's youth growing up in a Cistercian monastery what I thought would be the slowest part of the story is very interesting The details of everyday life the philosophical conversations and the personality of the brothers brought the experience to life and makes the reader identify with Arn's spiritual upbringing and the way it shaped his outlook in the base world beyond the walls But then I might be enthusiastic about monastic life than most The ultimate tension in this volume was how this young man would fare out in the world where his values acuired from the brothers from the simple cloistered life would come into tension with the practices of his kinsmen in matters such as having to choose between the comparative evils of strategic murder or even regicide or risk inflicting greater harm through civil war; and through the process the character grows up and reconsiders his point of view A contemplative self searching protagonist something bildungsroman heroes don't do enough as they typically just rage or mope In the next volume I'd imagine this tension between what he learned inside the cloister will be found deficient against the reality as he encounters the much maligned Saracens; and yet he would preserve what the wise monks despite their own prejudices taught him about how man will ultimately be held accountable for exercising his own free will in matters of judgment

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Vägen till Jerusalem ☆ Rs cross his path one seduces him while with the other sister Cecilia he falls deeply in love In loving two sisters he has committed a crime punishable by both civil and clerical authorities and he is sentenced to serve 20 years as a Knight Templar in the Holy La. A lovely book Unlike some other reviewers I found the distinctive writing style to be uite delightful Guillou can move effortlessly from the point of view of the naïve Arn to that of a timid mother in law to a wise priest to a calculating nobleman all in the space of a few pages It must be admitted that the character of Arn seems almost drawn from a fairy tale but the encounter of such a character with the historically accurate political complexity and occasional brutality of medieval Scandinavia proves to be highly entertaining I very much enjoyed rooting for Arn while at the same time laughing at his naïveté and I look forward to reading the next book in the series when his newfound knowledge of the real world will no doubt continue to transform him Download ß PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¿ Jan Guillou

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Jan Guillou ¿ 2 Free read Worldly learning as well as being trained to become a master archer and swordsman by the giant Brother Guilbert a former knight At seventeen euipped to become a monk or a warrior Arn returns home a young man and yet an innocent in the ways of the world Two siste. It's an uncomplicated read Often boring Sometimes interestingThe extreme naivete of Arn is not my most favorite trait in a main character While later in the story he has a 'in the world but not of the world' uality that stems from his religious upbringing it wasn't enough to make up for the earlier naive innocence that annoyed me so muchThe characters had no real depth for me They haven't been fleshed out to real people just distant foreign historical figures thrown into a story I did like Arn's mom though how she magically seems to make money and be innovative with everything she does seems a bit much at times The best part of the book is that the Scandinavian history is very clear It's not just another medieval story that could technically be set anywhere this one is very involved with it's backdrop I think I would prefer a non fiction work from this author though His mix of too much fact and not enough story didn't work in this fiction setting though I do really like the history the location and the eraThe writing comes across as very simple childish and choppy throughout I'm not sure if this is from the translation alone or has been carried through from the original textThe author has tried to create a story from medieval times not just of medieval times and I appreciate that but it didn't catch my imagination enough to read the next volume