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LONNROT, E.: Kalevala (The) (Unabridged)

Author(s):Lonnrot, Elias
Artist(s) Bosley, Keith, Reader
Genre Spoken Word
Category Poetry
Catalogue NA0124
Label Naxos AudioBooks
Quality   48kbps
 
 
 


The Kalevala provides a compelling insight into the myths and folklore of Finland. Compiled by Elias Lönnrot in the 19th century, this impressive volume follows a tradition of oral storytelling that goes back some 2000 years, and it is often compared to such epic poems as Homer’s Odyssey. However, the Kalevala has little in common with the culture of its Nordic neighbours: it is primarily poetic, it is mythical rather than historic, and its heroes solve their problems with magic more often than violence.

This version uses the acclaimed translation by Keith Bosley, who is one of the acknowledged experts on the Kalevala. Highly popular and accessible, his is widely regarded to be the authoritative text.


   




Review By Joanna Theiss,Sound Commentary,July 2013

The unabridged reading of this poem is very long…and would be difficult to follow in audiobook form were it not for the frequent, poetic repetition of phrases or identifiers …and for the majestic and enthusiastic reading of Keith Bosley, who both translates The Kalevala and reads it for us. He sounds dignified and stentorian, with a melodious English accent, but his excitement about the poem is palpable in his reading, and draws the listener in. © 2013 Sound Commentary Read complete review



Review By Joanna Theiss,Sound Commentary,July 2013

The unabridged reading of this poem is very long…and would be difficult to follow in audiobook form were it not for the frequent, poetic repetition of phrases or identifiers …and for the majestic and enthusiastic reading of Keith Bosley, who both translates The Kalevala and reads it for us. He sounds dignified and stentorian, with a melodious English accent, but his excitement about the poem is palpable in his reading, and draws the listener in. © 2013 Sound Commentary Read complete review








 

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