Friday, September 10, 2010

The Long Journey : Christopher Columbus by Johannes V. Jensen

The Culmination of the North European Strive And Longing For the Unknown

Rating 6 out of 10

This is proberly the best volume of Jensen's "The Long Journey". I think his recount of Columbus first voyage across the Atlantic is proberly among the best ever made. Especially memorable is the conflicts Columbus have with the ship's crew in the middle of the Atlantic. They think the Earth is flat and he tries to convince them that it's round. A heritical belief at the time (1492) considering Galileo Galilei's trial on suspicion of heresy in 1633, "for holding as true the false doctrine taught by some that the sun is the center of the world". Jensen does not fail to mention that Columbus had blue eyes and red hair and was tall. This fits well with his opinion of the superiority of the people from North Europe of which he sees Columbus as a descendant.

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