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Stages on the Road

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  18 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
A fascinating collection of saints' lives, a prophetic critique of modernity, and a surprisingly contemporary take on being Catholic--in particular a Catholic woman--in a sometimes-hostile secular world, from the Nobel Prize-winning author of Kristin Lavransdatter. Stages on the Road is a series of essays about the relationship between the Church and the modern world. In t ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by Christian Classics (first published June 1st 1934)
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Webster Bull
Jul 04, 2012 Webster Bull rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sigrid Undset has never disappointed me, but I haven’t been this surprised by something she wrote since I first picked up Kristin Lavransdatter four years ago. A new edition of her essay collection Stages on the Road has just been issued with a foreword by Elizabeth Scalia (“The Anchoress” of Catholic blogging fame).

It is a short collection of only six pieces, written in the five years after Undset won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928; and it is stranger and more incendiary
Jun 06, 2016 Gyoza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of six essays written by Sigrid Undset in the 1930's. The theme that is common to all is that each details how various ideas or attitudes that had been established by the Catholic Church and that helped shape Western culture were lost when the faith in which they originated was lost or adulterated--starting with the Reformation.

In the first four essays, she presents a Catholic idea or custom, how it disappeared or is disappearing, then shows how that idea was manifested thr
Mar 29, 2016 Kenneth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a collection of essays written by Undset in the late 1920's after her conversion to Roman Catholicism. The first 4 chapters sketch the lives of 4 noted Catholic personalities - 2 Medieval and 2 Elizabethan English. Three of them have been canonized by the Catholic Church since Undset's time. The chapter on Ramon Lull is a portrait of a devout Catholic from Catalonia in what is now northeastern Spain, of the 13th-early 14th century. Angela Merici was a late Medieval/Renaissance Itali ...more
Margie Dorn
I have loved Undset's other work. I think she's better at fiction. This one, written after her conversion to Roman Catholicism, sounds a bit defensive and reactionary. Her graphic portraits of the martyrdom of saints seems to provide a counterpart to Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Of course, I have no idea what it felt like to live in that period in Europe between the wars, when this was written, and it may have been very appropriate for that era.
LeeAnn Balbirona
Written in the late 1920s-1932, parts of this collection of essays by Sigrid Undset are prophetic commentary on the decline of western civilization, the state, marriage and family. Very much worth reading for both spiritual wisdom and the simple brilliance if her arguments.
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Undset was born in Kalundborg, Denmark, but her family moved to Norway when she was two years old. In 1924, she converted to Catholicism and became a lay Dominican. She fled Norway in 1940 because of her opposition to Nazi Germany and the German occupation, but returned after the end of World War II in 1945.

Sigrid Undset received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928. Most of the praise was for h
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