From it’s opening setting of Marstal, Denmark in 1848, We, The Drowned is a riveting saga of a real seafaring community. Larger than life characters, like sailor Lauris Madsen, who creates a name for himself with his bravery, only to disappear from his wife and family. Madsen’s son, Albert, who sets sets sail in search of the father he barely knew and becomes part of a series of adventures that later become the stuff of Marstal legends. From these early days, we read about the changes in Marstal as traditional sailing ships are replaced by steamers, and as two world wars take their toll on the Marstal men and the families they leave behind.
This is a chunkster of a book, but frankly, I didn’t want it to end. I was so charmed by the characters, the story and Jensen’s sense of time and place. We, The Drowned is an excellent work of historical fiction. I highly recommend it!
5 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2011
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