Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Storytellers” as Want to Read:
Storytellers
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Storytellers

by
4.61  ·  Rating details ·  23 ratings  ·  14 reviews
In March 1920 Icelandic days are short and cold, but the nights are long. For most, on those nights, funny, sad, and dramatic stories are told around the fire. But there is nothing dramatic about Gunnar, a hermit blacksmith who barely manages to make ends meet. He knows nobody will remember his existence – they already don’t. All he wants is peace, the company of his anima ...more
Kindle Edition, 292 pages
Published March 28th 2019 by Josephtailor
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Storytellers, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Storytellers

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-51
4.61  · 
Rating details
 ·  23 ratings  ·  14 reviews


Filter
 | 
Sort order
Justine
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
There was sun somewhere behind them, but it couldn't find a way out. And right now, neither could he.

Gunnar, hermit blacksmith lives in solitude on the outskirts of Klettafjörður, a small village where there is no such thing as a secret kept. His only wish is to live out his days in peace with his "medicine" to keep the darkness at bay, and out of the scrutinizing eye of his fellow villagers. One day Sigurd, a mysterious stranger, shows up on Gunnar's doorstep with a broken ankle, a bag filled w
...more
Penni
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing book! I had the great privilege of reading this early, and let me tell you, I am honored I did.

Hermit blacksmith Gunnar just wants to be left the hell alone with his animals and his "medication" (re: booze) so he can while away his days at his smithy and pass his nights dead asleep. He's not good with people and resents any time he has to spend with anyone (including the doctor who "prescribes" his "medicine"). Unfortunately for Gunnar, fate has other plans.

Sigurd seemingly app
...more
Courtney Giraldo
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ekkkkk!! This book is so special to my little bookworm heart. Not only does it take place in one of my favorite places in the world, Iceland, but it is written by a fellow Bloggess lover (you do remember my obsession with Jenny Lawson, no?).

Gunnar lives a quietly predictable, if lonely (although I am sure he would argue that he’s not) life in rural Iceland in 1920. When a bedraggled injured stranger shows up on his door step, Gunnar unenthusiastically allows him lodgings until his broken foot is
...more
Terry Tyler
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book - it was a delight to read, an unusual debut novel by a writer with much talent.

The story tells of village blacksmith Gunnar, who is (at first glance) quite happy living in his shack with his dog, Ragnar, and his 'medicine' (alcohol). One night, he takes in a climber with a broken ankle, Sigurd; with reluctance, Gunnar agrees to take care of him until he can walk again. From the outset, it is clear that there is much mystery surrounding the stranger.

Meanwhile, Gunnar's life is
...more
Rosie Amber
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Storytellers is historical fiction written in the style of an Icelandic saga.

The book opens in 1920 with Gunnar, a blacksmith who rescues an injured climber. He takes the man to his home. Gunnar has lived alone for several years; his house is basic and his lifestyle simplistic.

The climber, known as Sigurd, persuades Gunnar to keep his presence a secret from the villagers. He pays Gunnar a large amount of money to let him stay while his ankle mends. It’s March and Spring is yet to show; during th
...more
Marian Thorpe
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Set against Iceland’s harsh but beautiful landscape in the late 19th and early 20th century, Bjørn Larssen’s debut novel Storytellers explores the multi-generational effect of the evasions, embellishments and outright lies told in a small village. The book begins slowly, almost lyrically, pulling the reader into what seems like situation borrowed from folktale: a reclusive blacksmith, Gunnar, rescues an injured stranger, Sigurd. In exchange for his care, Sigurd offers Gunnar a lot of money, and ...more
Aurora Shele
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I was excited to read a book about Iceland. This is the first book I have read set in Iceland, a country I have always wanted to visit but haven't yet. The book is set in 1920s in a small town in Iceland where very few habitants live and they tell stories to pass the time in the long dark and cold Icelandic nights. They all drink coffee, a lot of coffee.

This book is a story within a story. Gunnar, a lonely blacksmith, finds and hosts a injured man coming from America. A bit like Sheherazade's t
...more
Jessica Jenifer
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Angela
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I received this advance copy from the author and this is my honest opinion:
It’s an interesting book with 2 stories interwoven together. It’s a bit confusing with the similar non English characters name but the story is intriguing enough to keep reading to find out what happens.
Betty
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the very first line to the end of the book I was hooked. Here you get the joy of not one but two stories that intertwine until coming together at the finish. I waited months for the release and I couldn't be happier. Mr Larssen had written a masterfull first offering that I sincerely hope is soon followed with another because I'm left wondering what happens next.
Kelly
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book blew me away. It's a terrific story within a story, both of wich have rich characters and are very compelling. There are characters you hate to love, and love to hate. There's action and adventure. The twists and turns made this book one I couldn't put down. I can't wait to see what comes next from Bjorn Larssen because I need MORE!

I received this advance copy from the author and this is my honest opinion.
Traci Otte
Mar 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy from the author. This is my honest review.

The bulk of this book is a story within a story, and the whole time I was trying to figure out what was going on. It wasn't in a "ARGH! WHAT'S GOING ON!?!" sort of way but more like "Ooh... what's going on??? Must keep reading!"

I loved the character development, the descriptions of the houses (SO different from what we have here in the US!) and scenery, and the glimpses into Icelandic culture.

It's really hard for me to review
...more
Dees Dorszewska
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent read, very funny, moving and surprising. I was unable to put it away before midnight. Had to know what happens to the blacksmith Gunnar and his unexpected guest Sigurd, who pays for the (quite reluctant) care not only with a big amount of money, but most of all - by telling a story. So there's a story within another and the two will eventually meet in a most delightful way. The characters make the reader think about "Tortilla Flat" by John Steinbeck. If you don't believe that the bl ...more
Katarzyna
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good piece of storytelling, with lots of humour, drama and murder. I loved the narration style and dialogues. May read again at some point.
Jacqueline Scifres
rated it really liked it
Mar 17, 2019
Brekke
rated it it was amazing
Apr 05, 2019
thief_randal
rated it it was amazing
Apr 12, 2019
Didi
rated it it was amazing
Apr 18, 2019
Jenna Nightwind
rated it it was amazing
Apr 06, 2019
Julie
rated it it was amazing
Apr 20, 2019
Kimberly Turnmire
rated it it was amazing
Apr 20, 2019
Pamela
rated it it was amazing
Apr 09, 2019
Lee-anne Fox
rated it really liked it
Apr 04, 2019
Melanie
marked it as to-read
Mar 01, 2019
April Rogers
marked it as to-read
Mar 01, 2019
Marnie
marked it as to-read
Mar 01, 2019
Timy
marked it as to-read
Mar 07, 2019
lone_twin
marked it as to-read
Mar 08, 2019
Liz
marked it as to-read
Mar 10, 2019
Gary Cheetham
marked it as to-read
Mar 13, 2019
Rachel
is currently reading it
Mar 14, 2019
Kira
added it
Mar 17, 2019
Jolanta Jolanciukas
marked it as to-read
Mar 19, 2019
Larry
marked it as to-read
Mar 19, 2019
Alison Starnes
marked it as to-read
Mar 19, 2019
Gary Brasher
marked it as to-read
Mar 19, 2019
Sue
marked it as to-read
Mar 19, 2019
Christian
marked it as to-read
Mar 19, 2019
Bruce
marked it as to-read
Mar 19, 2019
Richard
marked it as to-read
Mar 19, 2019
Skord
marked it as to-read
Mar 20, 2019
Lori
marked it as to-read
Mar 20, 2019
Bess
is currently reading it
Mar 28, 2019
Elisa Austin
is currently reading it
Mar 29, 2019
Sam
is currently reading it
Mar 30, 2019
Ned Hayes
is currently reading it
Mar 30, 2019
Courtney Perry
marked it as to-read
Mar 30, 2019
Tanya
marked it as to-read
Mar 30, 2019
Michelle Ryles
marked it as to-read
Mar 31, 2019
Julia
marked it as to-read
Mar 31, 2019
Crazy_lady_me
marked it as to-read
Apr 01, 2019
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
15 followers
Bjørn Larssen - writer, blacksmith, mathematician, graphic designer, model (not all at the same time) was made in Poland. He is mostly located in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, except for his heart which he lost in Iceland. Born in 1977, he self-published his first graphic novel at the age of seven in a limited edition of one. Since then his short stories and essays were published in Rita Baum Art Ma ...more
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »