Robert Ferguson began his literary career as a radio dramatist, translating and adapting for radio works by Knut Hamsun and Henrik Ibsen for the BBC. His first literary biography was Enigma: The Life of Knut Hamsun, which was nominated for the Los Angeles Times Best Biography Award. As well as literary biographies, Ferguson has written two novels, published in Norwegian.
Noted Scandinavian scholar Ferguson pre-sents a history of the Viking era, which he dates from the raid on the monastery at Lindisfarne in 793 to Scandinavia's wide-scale adoption of Christianity during the 11th century. Ferguson's work is well researched and comprehensive, drawing on current archaeological research and making effective use of literary sources. However, he jumps around, both geographically and chronologically, among chapters, making the narrative thread difficult to follow, especially on audio. VERDICT Although Michael Page's faultless narration flows easily, despite many foreign names and locales, The Vikings is a challenging listen and not recommended. ["Ferguson has produced a readable and accessible book," read the more positive review of the Viking hc, LJ 11/1/09.-Ed.].-Kristen L. Smith, Loras Coll. Lib., Dubuque, IA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
"Integrating archaeological, genetic, linguistic, and literary information, Ferguson realizes a Viking history bound to satisfy." -Booklist