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Book Impression – The Kalevala

Book Impression – The Kalevala

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The Kalevala: An Epic Poem After Oral Tradition by Elias Lönnrot, Translated from the Finnish with an Introduction and Notes by Keith Bosley and a Foreword by Albert B Lord

The Kalevala can be seen in the same light as the Eddas and the Illiad and Odessey as it is an epic collection of Finnish mythology. The translation which I read is part of the Oxford World Classics series and I found it to be very readable and enjoyable.

I did not know much about The Kalevala when I started reading it. Because of this reason I found the introduction and notes very helpful. For me the stories of The Kalevala held a fascination and the wonderful translation by Keith Bosley really brought them to life for me.

The internet also came in very handy when I wanted to hear how the musical instrument called the kantele sounds. I…

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About Nthato Morakabi

Nthato Morakabi is a South African published author. He has short stories appearing in both international and local anthologies, and has published his first book, Beneath the Wax, which opens his three-part novella series "Wax". He is an avid reader, blogger and writer.

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