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I read this book about 20 years after it was published, in 1970; as a young teenager (and budding voracious reader) searching around for something "meaty" to sink my chops into, I found it on my paternal grandmother's sparse bookshelf and discovered a real gem! I've never forgotten the life lessons conveyed within, which cross all boundaries of nationality, origin, etc., and simply boil down to human experience. Even the meaning behind the title itself is something everyone should know!
I really liked this--the book was well written and captured very well Sigrid's life with her family. Made me grateful for my blessings and appreciate her ability to go on in her life even when there were circumstances (her awful husband) that she couldn't change. I found out that this is book 1 in a three part series. I'd like to read the other two.
Jan 02, 2012 Alicia rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of "Papa's Wife" by Bjorn
Recommended to Alicia by: Shirley
I loved this out-of-print book written in 1951. After my mother-in-law told me how much she loved this book, I found it for her for Christmas and then she wanted me to read it while she is visiting us. I loved the heroine, Sigrid, a Swedish farm wife in the 1870's. Despite her trials (such as having a lazy, sullen husband), she works incredibly hard and looks for the good and raises her many children with love and creativity. The book is beautifully written and I love the descriptions of the Swe...more
As I began this novel that once belonged to my Swedish grandmother, I thought it would be too dramatic and lack realism. I soon got caught up in the characters, the setting and found myself eager to learn more of the Swedish way of life almost a century ago. I was fascinated by the strength and courage of the female protagonist and her wonderful grandfather who was ahead of his time in his outlook on women and their role in the world. I was also fascinated by the Swedish traditions, particularly...more
This was rather compelling towards the end though I was pretty annoyed at the main character throughout much of the book. She should have sent her husband off the island in a leaky rowboat. I was interested though in how this book was or was/not a product of the place and time it was published (USA--1950's) while still being a historical saga in Sweden.
This book may have been the first grown up book I read - my mother gave it to me. I haven't read it in over 35 years but i still have a heart-broken spot for it. It's about a Norwegian woman who has a hard life in rural, Norway in the "olden" days. It is tender and sad and you admire the main character so much.