The Voyage of the Short Serpent

The Voyage of the Short Serpent

Bernard du Boucheron / Jan 25, 2020
The Voyage of the Short Serpent Years ago a group left Europe to start a colony in Iceland the northernmost part of the world as they called it a frozen desolate place where it is difficult to survive They called the place New T
  • Title: The Voyage of the Short Serpent
  • Author: Bernard du Boucheron
  • ISBN: 9781585679201
  • Page: 167
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Years ago, a group left Europe to start a colony in Iceland, the northernmost part of the world, as they called it a frozen, desolate place where it is difficult to survive They called the place New Thule But as the years wear on, communication between New Thule and the people back home has become less and less frequent, until finally it stops altogether They fear thYears ago, a group left Europe to start a colony in Iceland, the northernmost part of the world, as they called it a frozen, desolate place where it is difficult to survive They called the place New Thule But as the years wear on, communication between New Thule and the people back home has become less and less frequent, until finally it stops altogether They fear that the people of New Thule have gone native or, worse yet, gone pagan A cardinal orders an evangelical mission in order to see what has become of the people, and to revive their faith The ship, built especially for this journey, is called The Short Serpent, and at its helm is an abbot named Montanus Across an ocean of hard and motionless ice under an indifferent sky, The Short Serpent carries its crew toward a horror that no one could conceive The children of New Thule have taken on a truly primitive life, wandering on the ice in the search of seal meat, of mounds of peat, and of other warm bodies with which to copulate Slowly, the crew of The Short Serpent begin to succumb to the filth and depraved excesses of New Thule Told in an elegant, compulsive, and increasingly unhinged style, Bernard du Boucheron s The Voyage of the Short Serpent is a masterpiece about mutable human morality in inhuman conditions a story about truth, obsession, and the myth of utopia.
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        Bernard du Boucheron, n en 1928 Paris, est un crivain fran ais.Bernard du Boucheron, born 1928 in Paris, is a French writer.

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    1. this book is short and brutal the descriptions of the deadly cold was really getting to me, reading it on the back stoop at work in the snow and the cannibalism as i am about to eat beef in aspic great timing on my part, again now i just have to read a book where someone finds millions of dollars, and see if i can be influenced towards wealth.


    2. Stiffed by the Short SerpentWhy did I buy this book Across the top of the front dust jacket reads Winner of the Grand Prix du Roman de l Academie Francaise one would naturally assume that the best of the best would be a good read, even in translation Four of the five reviews on the back are all from France, the lone English one claiming I ll go out on a limb and bet you have never read anything quite like The Voyage of the Short Serpent before So I took the bait Short answer I have read several [...]


    3. Review by Nathan Ihara In Voyage, a medieval Norwegian bishop named Insulomontanus goes on a mission to a colony in Greenland that has lost all communication with the Catholic Church He hopes to restore the word of God and to collect a heavy tithing It s a seductive and stimulating read, full of the wonders and horrors of distant lands Boucheron s bishop staggers through a sickening nightmare, a frozen Hieronymus Bosch landscape of cannibalism, starvation, torture and hypocrisy.The bishop Insulo [...]


    4. When I saw the Title, I thought of The Name Of the Rose and there is alot here to compare Years ago a group of people left their Home in Greenland and went to settle on New Thule Iceland No one has heard from them for three generations, the Bishop is worried they may have gone Native or worse yet, turned pagan He sends his good Priest to check on them and revive their faith Their ship is the Short Serpent and they set forth on a voyage filled with good will, to find unimaginable horror The Ice, [...]


    5. Man versus Nature is a favorite topic of mine Norsemen died out in Greenland and North America when the climate changed over a few generations around 1300 AD What was it like Bernard Du Boucheron takes you there in this sparse riveting book of historical fiction In short it was horrific Norsemen failed to adapt to diets of blubber and adoption of native customs Only a few stone dwellings and artifacts remain today I wolfed down this book in less than a day It was well worth the 4.98 I paid for i [...]


    6. Hard to rate this short book as I am disappointed there wasn t I really enjoyed the same tale being told from differents viewpoints in very dissimilar lights Pretty good research but I think the Bishop s reasoning was sometimes geared to making things overly repulsive and the consequences were probably a bit extreme But who knows I wasn t there and could be wrong Seriously, its a fine read for those interested in that time period and the harshness of life in the terrritories of Greenland and Ic [...]


    7. Reminiscent of Crichton s Eaters of the Dead, which I also thoroughly enjoyed For further queries about the novel, I direct your attention to mlle karen brissette s breviloquent Ye ah That s right That s some Dictionary shit right there, son Booyakasha review, found here review show.


    8. Great book Set in Greenland in the Middle Ages and narrated with deadpan brutality, this is a text book example of the unreliable narrator Be warned, there are a lot of bodily fluids and cannibalism, and eye gouging, etc.


    9. Full of brutality, cannibalism, sadism, and religious fanaticism, yet strangely I still didn t like it Left it in a laundromat in Split, Croatia.


    10. An incredibly effective tale based on legend and history of Greenland setters who fall from civilized behavior due to hardship Presents the conflicting paradigms of reinstating Christianity by any means with mixed blood natives who know the old ways Hunger, cold, and debauchery justified or perhaps not.


    11. O carte plina de cruzime si de fapte dezgustatoare cu un sfarsit surprinzator.De la inceput pana la sfarsit nu te lasa sa te obisnuiesti cu ea.elefant carti carte sar


    12. Your Grace will find it hard to believe, but some even went so far as to consume another man s vomit How anyone can give this a one star rating I will never know.



    13. This was a fairly quick read, clocking in at just over 200 pages A 14th or 15th century bishop is sent by the pope to check in on the settlements in Thule Greenland , which have been incommunicado for decades, and the Church fears the people there may be dead, or worse fallen into heresy.There are not a lot of written records from the doomed Norse colonies in medieval Greenland, but what du Boucheron reconstructs is grounded in archeology and what little we do know about the twilight years of th [...]


    14. The Voyage of the Short Serpent is a savage story that seemed to simply stop or run out of fuel, much like the wretched souls inhabiting New Thule Greenland circa eleventh century I persisted out of a morbid curiosity to see if there would be any redeeming value to having spent a few hours with what was being hailed a literary masterpiece This book was after all an international best seller and the winner of a literary award in France I am not a fan of the middle ages, the time period this novel [...]


    15. I would give this 3.5 stars, if I could The descriptions of suffering against cold, hunger, and deprivations social, physical, and spiritual are uncomfortably gripping in this book, and the ironic tension between the narrator s awareness and the reader s creates a pretty harsh critique of colonialism and religious zealotry But the story was too skeletal, maybe, and didn t develop as fully as it might have for a book built on the conceit of being, for the most part, a chronicle of events in a far [...]


    16. The Voyage of the Short Serpent by Bernard du Boucheron is a short, unpleasant volume with interesting ideas but lacking narrative cohesion and depth Instead of indulging in complex ideas about humans in the wilderness, the book that seems solely concerned with indulging with the grotesque The book is written interestingly in a modified second third person, consisting of letter of a priest to his archbishop describing a voyage to a lost Scandinavian colony in the New World that may or may not ha [...]


    17. This novel is an attempt to imitate the expression of language and social values of an era long ago that few, if any in this time of ours, will likely understand It is an English translation of a work written in French, so it is possible that certain errors crept into the translation, particularly with respect to the actual intent of the author is the author pro Church or anti Church It is an attempt by the author to show the existing morals of that time, particularly the morals of a church lead [...]


    18. In an unspecified time, but probably the 10th or 11th century, a priest is ordered by his cardinal to voyage to New Thule Greenland , where years earlier a colony had been established It has been many years since any report on the community s welfare has been received, and the priest and his crew set out on board the Short Serpent from Sweden The story is told by the priest who begins to show signs of mental imbalance after the harrowing voyage, and the discovery that the surviving population ha [...]


    19. The small Christian colony in Greenland has dropped out of touch as the ice gets heavier, and a bishop inquisitor is dispatched assist them and to punish such sinners as he may find Needless to say, he finds plenty And needless to say, it becomes obvious that he s one of the biggest sinners of all.This is a short book and one I tore through I can t say it wasn t engaging Maybe I ve just read too many novels about people struggling and suffering in the Arctic, but that aspect of it seemed very fa [...]


    20. The Norse settlement of New Thule hasn t been heard of for years It was created on the Greenland coast in a warmer era, and now the ice is creeping closer There has not been any regular trade for decades, and there are concerns about the fate of the faith among the Christians, who haven t had an anointed bishop or an ordained priest for generations An expedition is organised, under the leadership of a bishop, who acts as the narrator, and a ship is built according to the old customs clinker buil [...]


    21. The Voyage of the Short Serpent caught my eye at the local library as I was purusing the new arrivals section It had an interesting cover it was a short work which, as readers know, I appreciate and the central concept intrigued me.I must confess that after having read it, however, I was left wondering what anyone saw in such a book The book in its original French had won the Grand Prix du Roman de l Acad mie Fran aise and a number of the reviews were quite positive To me the book was simply a d [...]


    22. In the Middle Ages a catholic priest and inquisitor is sent to the isolated Christian communities in Greenland where he finds a land ravaged by privation, cannibalism, and a host of other sins One of those books where horrible people do horrible things and you know you can t trust the first person narrator because they re not telling you the true story Yet despite all this the narrative remains compelling and the story unfolds at a rapid pace Parts of it reminded me of McCarthy s The Road, but e [...]


    23. i like books that are short enough to read in an afternoon this is one of those I also like books that wallow in and go on about the idiocy of organized religion another plus for this excellent piece of work and though it s a book of unremitting suffering, horror and revolting details, my copy has some blurbs on the back that use the words comedy and laugh out loud funny and that is there alright, in spots but you will only get the humor if you have a sense of irony without a head for irony, i d [...]


    24. Told mostly from the perspective of a medieval, psychopathic bishop, TVOSS is outlandishly bleak and hilarious Many people probably nicer people than I , may likely find this remorseless parade of murder, mutilation, and miscarriage of justice repulsive, but the dry satirical wit with which du Boucheron writes his over the top miasma left me with a gasping smile The plot rolls along like Sisyphus s boulder, and the bad die horribly, the good don t exist, and the merely practical probably die hor [...]


    25. This is one of the worst books I have ever read If it were possible to give it a negative star, I would Any intellectual or philisophical interest it could have brought to the table was completely overshadowed by the excess of largely unnecessary gore I realize that I am far from being a literary critic, but I am baffled as to why this book received the Grand Prix du Roman de l Acad mie Fran aise en 2004 To put it succinctly, this was a painful read.


    26. Desperate hunger, violence, poverty make this short book a grim read What is fact and what is deception in the bishop s account of his days in New Thule Leif Erikson s Greenland settlement in the years after the First Crusade eleventh century


    27. An excellently written but very gruesome book Not for the weak stomached, or very religious It is really down on the hypocrisy of the middle ages Catholic religion Probably quite accurate in its portrayal of the possible final days of the Norse Greenland settlement What a sad final ending


    28. Subtle yet punching at all the right points The old styling of language made it the middle agey you can read it as hypocritical, but forgivable And the way it wasn t overdone was classy Good read all in all The last couple of pages were the winner pages.


    29. Short book about very early Norse colonists in Greenland and the priest who is commissioned to find the colony after several hundreds of years have passed by He finds many dead and a degraded civilization The imagery of the cold, barren land is very well done.


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