A Voyage Long and Strange by Tony Horwitz

By Tony Horwitz

"What occurred in North the United States among Columbus's sail in 1492 and the Pilgrims' arrival in 1620?

On a trip to Plymouth Rock, Tony Horwitz realizes he does not have a clue, nor do such a lot american citizens. So he units off around the continent to rediscover the wild period whilst Europeans first roamed the hot international seeking gold, glory, converts, and everlasting early life. Horwitz tells the tale of those courageous and sometimes crazed explorers whereas retracing their steps on his personal epic trek--an odyssey that takes him inside of an Indian sweat inn in subarctic Canada, down the Mississippi in a canoe, on a street journey fueled through buffalo meat, and into sixty kilos of armor as a conquistador reenactor in Florida.

A Voyage lengthy and unusual is a wealthy mixture of scholarship and modern day experience that brings the forgotten first bankruptcy of America's heritage vividly to life." (Google Books)

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800 to 1050) that were later written down by medieval clerics. Sagas tell of real people, real places, and real events, typically feuds. The prose is matter-of-fact. But sagas also inhabit a twilight zone where the normal and the paranormal intersect. In Eirik the Red’s Saga, a woman heads for the outhouse, only to find her way blocked by ghosts. In Vinland, a Viking is slain by a one-legged man-beast wielding a bow and arrow. “There was a man named Ulf,” one saga begins, “son of Bjalfi and of Hallbera, the daughter of Ulf the Fearless.

Still, longhouse life had its compensations. Whenever visitors entered, the cool and gloom drew them into a companionable circle around the fire. With no windows, and only the doorway giving a narrow glimpse of the harsh world outside, the longhouse seemed an earthen, fur-draped womb. Sprawled on a skin, listening to Bjorn tell tales from Norse mythology—dwarf craftsmen laboring underground; Valkyries scooping the souls of slain warriors from the battlefield; mighty Thor battling giants with his hammer—it seemed small wonder that the Norse created one of the world’s richest troves of spoken lore.

The next day, I caught him climbing into his truck. “Too busy,” he said. ” I asked if I could ride along to see a bit of the scenery. He shrugged and pushed open the passenger door. Lloyd was a large, craggy-faced man of sixty-four, his hands dark brown below his shirt cuffs: the Newfoundland version of a trucker’s tan. We drove to the store and back in virtual silence. By the time we returned, I’d abandoned hope of hearing his family’s story. ” Inside the Deckers’ immaculate house, Lloyd’s wife, Madge, served us tea with cheese and crackers.

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