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Epic Continent by Nicholas Jubber

Epic Continent

Adventures in the Great Stories of Europe

Nicholas Jubber

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1 review

Category: Non-fiction, Travel
Imprint: John Murray Publishers Ltd
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Publication date: 16 May 2019
ISBN: 9781473665729

Award-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber journeys across Europe exploring Europe's epic poems, from the Odyssey to Beowulf, the Song of Roland to the Nibelungenlied, and their impact on European identity in these turbulent times.

3 stars out of 5
Nick Rennison
12 May 2019

"well-written if flawed"

Jubber is always eager to make links between the epics and the present day, though these can seem laboured. Is there really much connection between Beowulf and Brexit Britain? On a trip to a museum in the Potteries to see an Anglo-Saxon hoard, he tries hard to find one but fails to convince. At other times he is more persuasive. “Njal’s Saga is still alive,” an Icelandic writer tells him in a Reykjavik cafe. This well-written if flawed book proves that the same can be said of most of these stories.