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5.0 su 5 stelle Zewig and Magellan 19 ottobre 2013
Di Erez Davidi - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile Acquisto verificato
Magellan was a Portuguese explorer who led the first expedition to sail from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean. He is the one who named the Pacific Ocean (“peaceful sea”) for the calmness of its water and the lack of wind. Although he wasn't alive to complete the entire journey himself after he was killed in a rather unnecessary battle with a local king in the Philippines, the expedition that he once led resulted in the first circumnavigation of the earth. Needless to say, the journey wasn't smooth and clear skies all along otherwise there would hardly be a reason to write a full book about this expedition. Magellan had to overcome the Portuguese king who tried to sabotage this voyage, the mutiny of his crew, hunger, thirst and very harsh weather. Oh, yeah, he also lost his life.

Zweig and his stirring prose style seem well suited for the task of writing about this dramatic expedition. Just consider this, for example: “His native country left him in the lurch; his ties with office and duty had been severed. So much the better, now he was free. As so often when a man seems to be at the mercy of the winds, he is in reality being blown back upon his own self.”

In his novels, Zweig tends to focus in the psychological aspects of his characters. What drove them and why they acted the way they did. This shows in his biography of Magellan. He portrays him as a quiet introvert and as a very calculated man who rarely made any decision without considering the long term; he was also fairly harsh (at least according to our standards today), but yet very fair.

Zweig doesn't dwell too much into to the details of each and every small thing that happened. Along with his dramatic and enjoyable prose style, "Magellan" reads more like one of Zweig’s novels.
7 di 8 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Well described heroic adventure 14 giugno 2013
Di Eric Mascarin Perigault - Pubblicato su
Formato: Copertina flessibile
In a detailed way, but without overburden or bored, the author tells this story, the Magellan's voyage from the moment of conception until the time of return, with all its hardships, including the death of Magellan himself. In a story that already if is great, heroic, like few in the history of humanity, join the brilliant prose, descriptive and beautiful author. Very good book that can be read over and over again. It was written many years ago, and it shows, but still, very good.
0 di 1 persone hanno trovato utile la seguente recensione
5.0 su 5 stelle Great written story, do not miss it.. 19 marzo 2007
Di Snowman - Pubblicato su
I really enjoy this book in German but didn't find any Zweig's book in bookstores in US. I would highly recommend this great book to all who likes history and adventure.
4.0 su 5 stelle Entertaining read. 11 giugno 2014
Di laidler6 - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Well researched and highly readable, if somewhat long-winded at times. Stefan Zweig is very attentive to details and unbiased in his description of Magellan's personality.
4.0 su 5 stelle Magellan and his Voyage to the of the Known World -- by Mistake! 18 gennaio 2016
Di Judith K. Binney - Pubblicato su
Formato: Formato Kindle Acquisto verificato
Fascinating history + the Zweig style. Very interesting and revealing about the times and personalities of Magellan and his world.

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