Epic Continent by Nicholas Jubber

Epic Continent

'The prose is colourful and vigorous ... Jubber's journeying has indeed been epic, in scale and in ambition. In this thoughtful travelogue he has woven together colourful ancient and modern threads into a European tapestry that combines the sombre and the sparkling' Spectator'A genuine epic' WanderlustAward-winning travel writer Nicholas Jubber journeys across Europe exploring Europe's epic poems, from the Odyssey to Beowulf, the Song of Roland t...

Details Epic Continent

TitleEpic Continent
Release DateAug 27th, 2019
PublisherNicholas Brealey
GenreTravel, History, Nonfiction

Reviews Epic Continent

  • Lou
    Epic Continent is writer, traveller and passionate history lover Nicolas Jubber's fourth book and explores the connection between storytelling, both the past and present and the impact centuries-old tales still have throughout Europe today. It looks at some of the continents iconic tales in context — split into six parts and topped and tailed by a prologue and epilogue, this book really captures the imagination and is a truly fascinating read. ...
  • Bandit
    The idea is if you can’t travel, read a travelogue. Isn’t that one of the best things about reading? The ways it can sort of supplement the real life, providing whatever excitement isn’t there. So the main appeal of this book to me was all the traveling. And thematically it was attractive too, I’m all about stories and the author chose to follow the trails of some of the world’s oldest, epics and sagas. And so, he does, story after stor...
  • Luke Nyland
    This is an exciting and extremely well-written book. You really get a sense of the excitement Nick felt on his travels. I was lucky enough to go to a talk he was giving about the book and its themes, so I was able to hear the whole thing in his voice which was fun. It was really interesting to read accounts from/about people living in the areas these epics were set, and hearing how they still resonate today.
  • Siobhan
    Epic Continent is a literary travelogue that charts the locations, history, and reception of six European epics. Focusing on change, war, and dominant narratives, these stories often span locations and Jubber travels across Europe, from Greece and Turkey of the Odyssey to Iceland for the Saga of Burnt Njal, to follow their progress. They are all major works—most will be familiar in name if not content, especially Beowulf, the Odyssey, and Song ...
  • L A
    Thanks to John Murray Press and NetGalley for the Advance Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.This is a pretty cool idea for a book. The author goes on a personal odyssey, visiting the locations from some of the great European 'epics' - myths, legends, literature and folklore, whilst exploring his own life and the impact these tales still have on cultures and people today. What an awesome premise for a book.The epics included are: The Od...
  • Anett Kovacs
    Epic Continent by Nicholas Jubber is a very well written and fascinating journey through Europe on the footsteps of six European epics. But it is so much more than a travelogue - from Greece to Iceland the author weaves a common thread through the epics and the places connected to them. He explores the impact of the epics on both European and national identity, how through the decades politics has used and abused them, and how relevant they still...
  • Victoria
    Review to come.