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Gunnar's Daughter by Sigrid Undset
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Jan 20, 10

Gunnar's Daughter feels like it was written hundreds of years ago. Undset based her style and story on the sagas of Iceland that she read as a girl--even the language and tone echo those early pre-Christian histories. Set in eleventh-century Iceland and Norway, it's the story of Vigdis Gunnarsdatter who is raped by the man she wanted to marry. It's full of vikings and violence, and you might think the setting is too far removed to hold any interest for you--but it's amazing how relevant and powerful the story is. It's a fast paced read because it's sparse and short, but I can't stop thinking about it. I loved it!

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