Thursday, September 27, 2018

Flippant foundering

This is an English translation of “Sagan om Vasa”, Bertil Almquist's flippant fairytale version of the most notorious disaster in the history of Swedish shipping. Yes, that would be the 1628 sinking of the would-be flagship of the Swedish fleet, Vasa, right in the middle of Stockholm during its maiden voyage. Today, the well-preserved wreck of Vasa is on permanent public display in the Vasa Museum, relatively close to where the ship originally sank. This book, in several languages, is actually sold in the museum gift shop. Personally, I think this children story is difficult to read due to strange fonts and somewhat confusing, too, but that's me. Two-and-a-half stars?

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