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Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
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Feb 08, 2009

it was amazing
Read in February, 2009

This is the best book I've read in a couple of years! It takes place in Norway in the 1300s; the story is compelling and the characters are extremely well developed. It follows the life of Kristin Lavransdatter from the age of 7 to her death. It does start a bit slow, but once I got into it, I didn't want it to end. It's got everything from romance and arranged marriages to sword fights and the black plague. More than that, it does an astounding job giving insight into the everyday life of those who lived in medieval Norway and provides a fairly profound look at the role religion played in nearly every aspect of medieval life. If you're interested, look for the more recent (1990s) translation. Also, know that the book is actually made up of three books--and so you may find them separated into three distinct volumes. The first is called The Wreath or The Bridal Wreath, depending on the translation. But if you can, look for all three in one volume. The story moves seamlessly from one book to the next and once you read the first, it's likely you'll want to keep reading...
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