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A Dream of the North Sea   By: (1852-1891)

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A Dream of the North Sea by James Runciman is a captivating and meticulously crafted novel that takes readers on a journey into the depths of Norse mythology and the boundless beauty of the North Sea. Through vivid storytelling and descriptive imagery, Runciman skillfully weaves together a tale that transports readers to a world filled with ancient legends, lost civilizations, and ethereal landscapes.

One of the strongest aspects of this book is its ability to evoke a strong sense of place. Runciman's descriptions of the North Sea are so vivid and immersive that readers can almost feel the salty mist on their skin and hear the crashing waves in their ears. The author's meticulous attention to detail brings the setting alive, making it almost a character in its own right.

The narrative itself is rich and multilayered, drawing inspiration from various sources of mythology to create a complex world filled with gods, mythical creatures, and intricate power struggles. Runciman effortlessly blends elements of Norse mythology with his own unique storytelling, creating a tapestry of characters and events that keeps readers hooked from beginning to end.

Furthermore, the character development in A Dream of the North Sea is exceptional. Each character feels distinct and fully realized, with their own motivations, flaws, and aspirations. Runciman’s portrayal of their emotional journeys is masterful, as he explores themes of love, sacrifice, and the inherent human desire for power and immortality.

While the plot can be intricate and at times demanding of the reader's attention, patient readers will be rewarded with a deeply satisfying and intellectually stimulating story. The pacing of the novel is slow but deliberate, allowing readers to savor each moment and piece together the intricate puzzle that Runciman has created.

Throughout the book, Runciman's prose shines with lyrical beauty and elegance. His writing style seamlessly evokes emotion, paints vivid imagery, and captures the essence of the supernatural world he has crafted. His command of language is truly remarkable.

However, it should be noted that this book may not be for everyone. The dense narrative and heavy reliance on Norse mythology may prove challenging for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. Additionally, readers who prefer swift plot progression and action-packed stories might find the slow pacing of A Dream of the North Sea to be a hindrance.

Overall, A Dream of the North Sea is a remarkable and thought-provoking novel that stands as a testament to James Runciman's skill as a writer. With its evocative descriptions, compelling characters, and exploration of timeless themes, this book is a must-read for those who enjoy epic tales rooted in mythology and folklore.

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Author of Past and Present , Among the North Sea Trawlers , Skippers and Shellbacks , etc.

London: James Nisbet and Co., 21, Berners Street, W.



To the Queen.


This book is dedicated to Your Majesty with the respectful admiration of one who is proud to have been associated with an effort to make the world more hopeful and beautiful for men who not long ago knew little hope and felt no beauty.

In the wild weather, when the struggle for life never slackens from hour to hour on the trawling grounds, the great work of the Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen, like some mighty Pharos, sheds light on the troubled darkness, and brave men, in hundreds, are thankful for its wise care and steady helpfulness.

Perhaps, of all the tribe of writers, I know most minutely the scope and significance of that Mission "as well for the body as the soul" of which Your Majesty is the Patron; and it is my earnest conviction that no event in your brilliant and beneficent reign could well be appraised at a higher value than the despatch of Hospital Cruisers to the smacksmen, which your gracious and practical sympathy has done so much to bring about.

Permit me to subscribe myself, MADAM, Your Majesty's most humble, obedient Servant,

JAMES RUNCIMAN... Continue reading book >>

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