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It is an epic drama of adventure, courage, ruthlessness and passion by one of Scandinavia’s most acclaimed storytellers.
In 1848 a motley crew of Danish sailors sets sail from the small island town of Marstal to fight the Germans. Not all of them return – and those who do will never be the same. Among them is the daredevil Laurids Madsen, who promptly escapes again into the
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Hardcover, 678 pages
Published February 9th 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published 2006)
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iliza ➹ umm, heck yes it is! i love this book, and it is one that i always go back to to reread whenever i'm feeling it (which is pretty often, for the…moreumm, heck yes it is! i love this book, and it is one that i always go back to to reread whenever i'm feeling it (which is pretty often, for the record)(less)
KC This is a pretty good summary: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/14/1339646... . A complete character list would be rather lengthy but know the following…moreThis is a pretty good summary: http://www.npr.org/2011/07/14/1339646... . A complete character list would be rather lengthy but know the following four.

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Becky
What do you say about a book that, after you finished it, you sat staring at a wall for fifteen minutes while tears flowed down your cheeks? It’s miraculous. I don’t feel that that’s enough, this review isn’t enough. I loved this book, I cannot do it justice. Still, it’s a good challenge to force yourself to examine what made you love a book, so here we go:

This book is the ocean.
It’s about a fight with God. The book covers roughly 200 years of history, and the sea is the only constant character,
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Наталия Янева
Ако човек застане на палубата на живота си и се взре в хоризонта, ще ги види как изплуват. Привиденията на миналото и удавниците на настоящето. Ще види как прибоят се опитва да ги изхвърли на някой далечен бряг, но те винаги са там и напомнят за себе си и няма как да е иначе. Защото те са ние. Ние, удавниците.

Въпреки обема си, романът има дантелена структура и текстът диша леко. Леко диша и четящият. Вдишва историята бързо и на големи глътки и опиянението го удря в главата. Стилът много ми напом
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Metodi Markov
Никога не знаеш, кога ще те грабне приключението, нито пък къде може да те отведе...

Всичко започна за мен в понеделник - хората около мен чакаха при зъболекаря, а аз бях в Дания, на война с Германия на борда на платноход, в плен, после плавах из Южните морета и така и не разбрах, кога ми е дошъл реда да седна на стола за мъчения. :)

През седмицата имах доста работа, но си мислех за Марстал и неговите моряци. Сам съм бил няколко години моряк и знам, какво е да ти влезе морска вода в кръвта, да усе
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Matt
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Like any self-respecting Minnesotan, I grew up loving the water. During our three warm months, I would fish, swim, and water ski. During our nine cold months, I would ice fish, drunk-swim, and ice-water-ski. But I don’t need to interact with the water. I enjoy it just as much – if not more – on a passive basis. Just plop me down on a beach with a book and a beer, and I’ve found my heaven. Water, you see, invites one to contemplate; it soothes the soul; it stirs the imagination. (Also, so does be ...more
Jan-Maat
It was a big book. I read it. Now I don't know what to make of it.

It was a big baggy monster. Its language oddly stiff and awkward. It was a tell don't show book. And I'm not sure why so many supposedly hard-boiled people were so shocked at the sight of Captain Cook's shrunken head either.

At one point the book reminded me of One Hundred Years of Solitude and I thought that Jensen wanted to write a Danish version of that, but with a shipyard financial scandal instead of a fruit plantation. Howeve
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Chrissie
I know I absolutely loved this book, but I fear I will be unable to properly explain why.

It is all in the lines. Some are beautiful, and yet their beauty is not the main thing. It is that each line had me thinking. Something happens, a person does something and then a line expresses the dilemma a person now faces. This is what made the book for me. Life is complicated, people are complicated and I like books that show you this. I felt that over and over again, in every paragraph, I was drawn in
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Rebecca
(A revised version of this short review of my favorite work in translation appeared on the National Book Critics Circle blog in September 2018.)

I spent five days utterly submerged in this magnificent Danish seafaring epic. From the first line onwards, it is an enthralling combination of history and legend: “Many years ago there lived a man called Laurids Madsen, who went up to heaven and came down again thanks to his boots.”

Jensen traces the history of Marstal, a small island off the coast of De
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Kaloyana
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ако искаш да продължиш и да оцелееш, трябва да се научиш да забравяш.
Незабравим обаче е този роман. Едно пътуване през времето и моретата, през човешките животи, с техните низости и падения, с надеждите им и с желанията. Толкова много характери, толкова много съдби, обединени и разделени от морето, от войната и от войната с морето, но и с любовта към него. Морето, което е една голяма любов, но и носи смърт. Притегателната му сила е равна на силата, с която изхвърля удавниците. Мястото, където м
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Sve
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Първата по-дебела книга, която си спомням, че зачетох някъде на 7-8 години беше „Капитани на фрегати“. Помня задушните следобеди при баба ми и как бавно, но уверено напредвах през страниците. Мисля, че точно това беше моментът, в който се влюбих в четенето.
Започнах да чета „Ние, удавниците“ с очакването, че ще се насладя на подобни истории за морски битки и приключения.
Но тази книга се оказа нещо повече – цял един свят – необозрим и непредвидим.

Още няколко думи в блога -> https://dateareader
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Иванка Могилска
Не съм особен почитател на приключенските романи, свързани с морето и за малко щях да се размина с тази страхотна книга. Добре, че на панаира на книгата все пак реших да я прелистя и след десетина минути се усетих, че съм се подпряла на щанда и чета, чета.

"Ние, удавниците" няма нищо общо с обикновен приключенски роман за морето. Това не пречи да е написана страшно увлекателно. Йенсен е разказвач от класа и осемстотинте страници изобщо не се усещат. Четеш и няма насищане.

Действието се развива в
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Algernon
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, favorites

WOW! This book here is one of the best examples of why I love reading so much. I've been through a slight reading slump for a few months (thanks, Javier Marias, I guess...) but the history of this amazing Marstal island in the Baltic sea and of its roving sailors proved to be the best medicine I needed.

Many years ago there lived a man called Laurids Madsen, who went up to Heaven and came down again, thanks to his boots.

The story of a common sailor, and of his set of heavy handmade boots, becom
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Yana Petkova
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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В контраст с обема на творбата, аз ще бъда доста лаконична - това е наистина една от най-добрите книги, които съм чела досега. Огромен, велик, чутовен роман!
И~N
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

This book draws you like a sea stream.

Luckily, it is not only about seafaring or the life of sea men. Jensen takes a deeper look into a world, build upon and gravitating entirely around the sea, or better The Sea. The book comprises of different smaller stories or episodes (I was having this particular feeling sometimes that I was watching a TV-series of more or less undefended episodes, which is, to my taste, not something by default bad).

The atmosphere of the histories is composed in a (slight
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João Carlos


6 Estrelas Épicas

“Nós, OS AFOGADOS” primeiro livro do escritor dinamarquês Carsten Jepsen (n. 1962) narra a história de várias gerações da pequena cidade portuária de Marstal, situada na ilha de Ærø, na Dinamarca.
Uma épica aventura marítima que se inicia em 1848 e termina no final de Segunda Guerra Mundial em 1945.
A primeira personagem é o fascinante Laurids Madsen, um marinheiro aventureiro, - “esteve no Céu e voltou a descer por causa das suas botas. Não planou até ao topo do mastro de uma fra
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Христо Блажев
Ние, удавниците, свидетелстваме пред вас: http://knigolandia.info/book-review/n...

Карстен Йенсен рисува историята на датския град Марстал в продължение на точно един век – от средата на XIX до края на Втората световна война. Век, в който платноходите се заменят от параходи, а те от своя страна започват да отстъпват място на тези с моторни двигатели… век, в който Марстал от легендарен град на моряци потъва бавно до маргинално пристанище, а корабите му един по един поемат в последния си път към мо
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Antonia
Aug 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Понеже историята е твърде хубава, за да мълча. Ей това им е забележителното на хубавите истории - че не ти носят никакво удоволствие ако ги пазиш само за себе си.”

Затова и аз да ви кажа колко чудесен, изключително чудесен е този роман! Добрата новина е, че е 820 страници, лошата е, че много бързо се изчитат. “Ние, удавниците” е колкото морски и прикюченски, толкова и исторически и епичен. Роман, който циментира и овековечава легендите за човешките колони крепили малкото датско градче Марстал бу
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Rusalka
I love being surprised by books. I had heard wonderful things about this book, but I wasn't won over by the blurb. I mean, a book about sailors and boats, how interesting could that really be? Aye aye Captain, loading and unloading on docks, scurvy, maggoty sea biscuits, twenty seven ways of tying a rope. Come on, 700pp of that doesn't sound like riveting reading.

But I was wrong on two counts. While there is sailing and some life on boats, there is so much more going on with these characters. Th
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Ray
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Jensen has written a saga that tells the story of a port in Denmark from the 19th century to the end of WW2. He gives us the ebb and flow of the fortunes of the port, its families and its markets (the whole world). He shows us how cruel and unforgiving the sea can be - for long periods the town is mainly populated by women and children as most of the men are away at sea. Many of the men do not come back.

Its pages are full of fantastic characters in dramatic circumstances - secrets and lies, murd
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Georgi
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
„Ние, удавниците“. Прекарах близо три дни в пълна изолация и отдаденост на тази книга с нейните над 800 страници. Карстен Йенсен е сътворил нещо изключително. Датчанинът, роден в малкото островно градче Марстал, е направил истински художествен монумент на родното си място. Хипнотизиращ роман, в който вълна след вълна те заливат, докато морето не стане част от теб, докато не станеш един от тях, удавниците, изгубени сред световния океан.

Цялото ревю тук: https://bibliotekata.wordpress.com/20...
Netta
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017, wwii
”The sea was ever-changing, and yet it left him with an impression of sameness. <…> The cloud above the frozen sea changed, but he was already familiar with them all. There was plenty for the eye to feast on, but nothing for the soul.”

I did it. Now I feel like We, the Drowned is the only fiction book I’ve read in my entire life or at least as if I’ve been stuck with it ever since I learnt how to read. However, despite the numerous occasions when I was moaning about how unimaginably long
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Felice
Jul 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could remember where it was that I first heard of We,The Drowned by Carsten Jansen. I can't help thinking that where ever it was must have recommendations for other books and since Drowned is so very, very good I would like to know all the other books they liked. It had to be somewhere on the internet of course and it was made the book sound so intriguing that I wrote down the title. I wanted to keep a record of it so that when it became available I could get it. Availability was an iss ...more
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
First person plural; but not in the ‘we.‘
I said that about Evan Dara's The Lost Scrapbook for some reason. This novel is in the "we" through and through. And it's a lovely "we", probably an awful lot like your "we". Except unless of course like most americans your community has been more or less taken out from under you and perhaps you never even knew it once existed. Another excellent community=we novel I enjoyed very much was Kanthapura. One gets the we by subterfuge I think rather often in
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Inna
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Това беше любов от първо изречение. Прекрасен.
Petya
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4,5! Изключителна морска сага.
Temz
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Подобно раковина, която има много мелодии, „Ние, удавниците“ успява да „омае“ (като песента на сирена) читателя на много нива. Успява да изплаче болката и надеждата; да остави при разгръщане подобно усещане, каквото и „Параграф 22“ от Дж. Хелър – с „мъжките“ грубовати приказки, с шегите и закачките, но и подобно „Между Рая и Ада“ на Йон Калман Стефансон да прегърне мрака и да напомни – за да оцелееш, трябва да бъдеш ожулен от вятъра, за да преодолееш вълните, трябва да изпиеш докрай спомена за с ...more
Erika
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Bjorn
May 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: denmark
Call us Ishmael.

It takes almost 100 pages until I'm struck by this strange, recurring "we." After all, it's not as if the narrator takes up a lot of room in Carsten Jensen's 700-page novel; for the most part, We, The Drowned is narrated in the same way as many other novels with no clear protagonist, some sort of omnicient storyteller who never gets personal, never says "I" or reveals his or her name. It's just that the reader is occasionally reminded that this story, the history of the little Da
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the gift
280617: this book greatly surprised me. i am not usually much of a reader of epics, i do not know Danish authors (5), i would not have read this but for certain efriends on goodreads who rated this so highly. as it is translation i might have missed some language-specific aspects of the work, but i do not know if that is much of the appeal...

so, translation is fine for me. structure of the book is very exact: covers major incidents in four major sections, read each in single sittings, so obvious
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Laura
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wanda, Marialyce
Recommended to Laura by: BOTNS
This book tells the epic story of a four generation of sailors who lived in Marstal, a small town in Denmark.

The story covers a period of time from 1848 till the end of World War II, 1945.

And what about the plot? I won't say a word otherwise I'll spoil the whole thing. But once you start to read this book, you won't be able to stop even if it has 700-800 pages.

This book really deserves a 6 stars rating, believe me!
Alice Lippart
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful piece of literature. The characters were amazing and the writing lovely. Some parts a bit slow, but other than that, amazing.
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Carsten Jensen was born 1952. He first made his name as a columnist and literary critic for the Copenhagen daily Politiken, and has written novels, essays and travel books.

Jensen was awarded the Golden Laurels for "I Have Seen the World Begin" and the Danske Banks Litteraturpris, Denmark’s most prestigious literary award, for "We, the Drowned."

“Two drowning people can't save each other. All they can do is drag each other down.” 40 likes
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