No Man Is an Island: Icelandic Sagas

C$1,520 includes one seminar Monday to Friday, morning coffee and newspapers, five buffet lunches, afternoon speakers, a five-day opera lecture series, film screenings, guided walks, two cocktail receptions, a travel bazaar followed by dinner, and a range of other cultural and social activities. All costs are subject to the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). A non-refundable C$300 plus HST deposit is required to secure your place; the balance is due June 1, 2019.

  • Participants who have attended Toronto Pursuits at least five times receive a C$215 discount.
  • Register with a friend, and if one or both are first-time participants, each receives a C$215 discount.
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Description

LEADER

Mark Cwik is the education manager for Classical Pursuits. He is a longtime Toronto Pursuits leader and has been a seminar leader and organizer of community-based adult great books discussion groups for 25 years. He lives in London, England, where he leads seminars with the London Literary Salon. Mark has led two Classical Pursuits trips to Iceland and can never get there often enough.

 

BOOKS

The Sagas of Icelanders,
introduction by Robert Kellogg
(Penguin Classics, 2001)
ISBN-13: 978-0141000039

Njal’s Saga, edited and translated
by Robert Cook
(Penguin Classics, 2002)
ISBN-13: 978-0140447699

Participants are required to obtain the specified edition to facilitate the group’s ability to find and cite portions of the text during discussion. Details will be provided at registration.

As grandly epic as Homer, rich in tragedy as Sophocles, compellingly human as Shakespeare, and psychologically keen as Chekhov—the sagas of Icelanders are the crowning achievement of medieval Scandinavian narrative and rank among the world’s greatest literary treasures. They describe a world of a millennium ago that nevertheless rings familiar with perennial human struggles.

The forty-plus narratives of adventure and conflict that comprise the sagas are set in Iceland’s 9th- and 10th-century Age of Settlement, when a handful of families fled the oppressive kingship of Norway to set up new lives on an island in the middle of the Atlantic. It was in Iceland the era of a unique commonwealth of free chieftains with no king, clerical hierarchy, or armies, ruled by Viking traditions of honour and blood vengeance. Written down anonymously several hundred years later, the sagas look back on a pioneer generation struggling to forge and maintain a self-governing community in a harsh environment at the edge of the known world.

With economy of style and astute insight into character, the sagas portray poets, warriors, statesmen, farmers, and outlaws —strong and determined men and women who strive for power, wealth, fame, respect, and love in a frontier society that wavers between the rule of law and vengeance. In this seminar we will read three of the finest examples of the Icelandic family sagas, Egil’s Saga, the Laxdaela Saga, and the Saga of Burnt Njal, along with two shorter tales.

 

Cost

The cost of Toronto Pursuits 2019 is C$1,520. This includes one seminar Monday to Friday, coffee and newspapers all week, five buffet lunches, afternoon speakers, a five-day opera lecture series, film screenings, guided walks, two cocktail receptions, a travel bazaar, and a range of other cultural and social activities. All costs are subject to the 13% Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).

See Registration and Cancellation Policy at https://www.classicalpursuits.com/fine-print/registration-policies/

Discounts

ONE per registrant

  • Participants who have attended Toronto Pursuits at least five times receive a C$215 discount.
  • Register with a friend, and if one or both are first-time participants, each receives a C$215 discount.

Do you qualify for a loyalty or friend discount but would also like to purchase a concert ticket? Please make a note with your order when you check out and we will contact you.

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Stratford Shakespeare Festival Weekend

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