Kristin Lavransdatter (Kristin Lavransdatter #1-3)
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Well, well, well, Miss Undset has made it onto my 10-star list. She should be proud. She also won a Nobel Prize for her work, so there is that. Her Kristin Lavransdatter books are unquestionably works of massive scope on par with JRR Tolkien's Lord Of the Rings. A strange comparison, you say? Well I agree with you. The only thing that comes to mind immediately is the length of the two. But there is so much more. Where LOTR was preparation for battle with Sauron's forces, Kristin Lavransdatter wa ...more
But she couldn’t help it; it was her nature to love with great toil and care.When I read, I seek the marrow of things. Details and description of lands I shall never see and times I shall never know are all very well, but I am a human being, and it is human beings I am concerned with. It is easier for me with some books than others due to commonalities of sex and race and culture, but more often than not that is a surface tension appeal, a reliance on shared references that both author and I i ...more
10. It starts out as a father-daughter story, and I am a sucker f ...more
And yet, it does precisely because of all the reasons why it shouldn't: plot and pace sacrificed to character development, pages and pages of seemingly trivial detail and enough Catholicism to fill a smallish catechism. Taken individually, its separate parts sound like a gruelin ...more
Man, I don't even know how to review this book. It's really big, and full of melodrama, and it took me a pretty long time to read; and now that I'm done I'm somewhat tired and will be glad not to have to think about this anymore.
Don't get me wrong, this is a fine book. But I didn't love it. At times, I didn't even like it. There was a lot of talky-talk, and maybe that's my own fault for reading the entire kit-and-caboodle in one collection as opposed to reading the ...more
1) I have long-standing crushes on both Scandinavia and ye olden days, and this book is a free trip straight to the heart of 14th-century Norway. Undset's portrayal of the life of one woman, from childhood until death, is fascinatingly intertwined with the tensions between the Catholic present and pagan traditions in medieval Norway. And her writing so evocative. You can just smell the cook-fire smoke in the wooden rooms, see ...more
Reading this again reaffirmed my conviction that many modern historical novels are pap of the tenth magnitude, identifying the sympathetic characters for the drowsy reader by giving them value systems and attitudes that didn't evolve for centuries. The main ...more
Taip, ir šįkart nubraukiau ašarėlę, nes buvo dėl ko. Nors pavadinime minima tik Kristina, ši knyga ne tik apie ją. Beje, kai kurie veikėjai man pasirodė vertesni viršelio pavadinimo. Bet ką jau čia. Kristina irgi visai nieko.
Taigi, Undset pasakoja apie Viduram ...more
Undset’s writing is fluid and beautifully, and reveals the wild countryside of Norway in the 14th century, with a carefully depicted immersion in the day-to-day life, social, politi ...more
It is a character study. It is essentially plotless. Only rarely d ...more
Its difficult to write much about this story and not sound trite. Sweeping, epic, beautiful, are adjectives that all come to mind. What I can say is that at the end I was str ...more
Tutto il libro ruota intorno a Kristin figlia di Lavrans e seguiamo la sua vita dall'infanzia fino alla morte; la storia è ambientata nella Norvegia medievale. Kristin è il personaggio più ...more
It is set in Norway in the 14th Century, a time and place where faith was intricately interwoven with life, and when land and family, inheritance and name were the full extent of one's identity - Lavransdatter means daughter of Lavrans.
Yet it is also a familiar and human story about the love and enmity between people, ...more
Then Tiina Nunnally did a new translation which was published by Penguin Books in 2005. I am re-reading the entire book 1144 pages. This translation is much easier to follow. The original from 1920 used a lot of English words that are not in commun use today. If anyone has had problems trying to get into this book, I'd suggest they tr ...more
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First off, this book is probably not for everyone - not because of its length, but the subject matter - a woman's life from birth to death in medieval Norway - is not going to be everyone's cup of tea. Furthermore, one of the overarching themes of the book is Kristin's lifelong struggle with almost crippling guilt, which a modern reader would be tempt ...more
However, it was all worth it.
Undset’s novel is actually three in one and I think it really should be read this way instead of breaks between since they are so seamless: The Wreath, The Wife, and The Cross.
The Wreath was by far my favo ...more
I read the "unauthentic archaic language" original translation by Charles Archer that is "not true to...original Norwegian text" according to Ashley's review and I did almost give up after 20 or 40 pages but I kept going anyway. It's so good now I'm tracking down the Nunnally translation.
This work is very Catholic and traditional in it's examination of morality. It is written from a woman's point of view and this makes for much of the trilogy's uniqueness. Her father arranges her a secure marr...more
There are three parts to this book; the Wreath, The Wife, and The Cross.
First Sentence When the earthly goods of Ivar Gjesling the Younger of Sundbu were divided up in the year 1306, his property at Sil was given to his daughter Ragnfrid and her husband Lavrans Bjorgulfson.
Last words Without thinking ...more
After just finishing the trilogy, I'm not sure how I feel about Kristin Lavransdatter. Well written, the story was engaging, emotional, and desperately sad. I loved reading it, but didn't love the story. One tragedy after another, I wanted so much for her happiness but she couldn't see God's beauty and gifts around her ...her own sorrow clouded any hope for peace.
Each time there seemed to be the beauty and enjoyment of everyday life, Kristin would self destruct through yet another ...more
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Sigrid Undset received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928. Most of the praise was for h ...more