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This is the passionate journal of the author’s perilous flight from Norway to Sweden, across Russia to Japan, and finally of the United States during World War II.
Paperback, 250 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Scandinavian Marketplace (first published January 1st 1953)
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Mar 08, 2016 Nancy rated it liked it
This book was included in a sort of "grab-bag" that I bought at a church event. It is the best of the bunch, and I could have easily given it 4 or 5 stars for being worthwhile, if that were the standard. The author is a Nobel prize for literature winner for previous books, obviously an intelligent and insightful individual. She writes of her flight from Norway, as the brave but unprepared Norwegian Army is being overrun by the Nazis. Her description of her train trip across Russia, the bleakness ...more
Interesting look at the War in the Scandinavia Countries.
This Lady travelled thru Sweden, Finland, Latvia, Russia, Japan before major fallout of These countries w/Nazi Germany.
Frank look at Germans and great distaste for their way of life.
Good Look at Norway and the mentality of the people as the war has came to their front door.
Russians and Communism are looked at very critically.
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Mar 15, 2016 Brent Woo rated it did not like it
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Bizarre memoir. Most of the book is a memoir of Undset's flight from Norway to the United States in World War II. Typical cooperation with the local people and encounters with new cultures, although it's interesting to see early 20th c. perspectives on other nations ("the Russians seemed more homogeneous. In the cities nearly all the men were beardless, but unshaven... The large, straight, projecting nose most of the women had , and short, broad, strong-boned faces." 97)

The final chapter is the
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Sep 02, 2012 Tom Johnson rated it really liked it
Sigrid's life experiences are as fascinating as her Kristin and Olav sagas. The first 200 pages tell of her escape from Norway following the Nazi invasion (about which I had scant prior knowledge) - her telling of the events is well worth the read - her trip through Russia was beyond gritty - SU's writing can really bite when she wants it to - the last 50 pages offer much insight into Sigrid's personal beliefs and thinking - one thing for sure, she does not care for the Germans (and who can blam ...more
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Sep 22, 2016 Maryka Biaggio rated it it was ok
Although interesting as a travelogue and report on the Nazi invasion of Norway, this book suffers from the fairly narrow and nationalistic perspective of its author.
May 12, 2010 Paula rated it it was amazing
Captivating story by a very intelligent and thoughtful writer; written about her journey to safety from Nazi occupied Norway so Communist Russia and newly militaristic Japan are addressed at great length. Her ability to weave discussions on everything from freedom and democracy to hygiene are both fascinating and an invitation to further thought
Thomas F. Bertonneau has a great review in the Brussels Journal online if you are interested in more
Mar 06, 2014 Bettie☯ marked it as wish-list
Why did I waste so much time on her Catholic trilogy *iYawn* when this would have been oh so much more to my liking. Fully recommended by Paul Watkins in Fellowship of Ghosts: A Journey Through the Mountains of Norway

blurb - This is the passionate journal of the author’s perilous flight from Norway to Sweden, across Russia to Japan, and finally of the United States during World War II. She left Norway as an active participant in the underground resistance movement, anxious to tell the story of t
Oct 22, 2013 Wesley rated it really liked it
Fascinating story of a woman making her way out of Norway through Russia to escape the Nazis. She has a very frank, clear writing style that I really appreciated.
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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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