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 ...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
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
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
This book has shot straight to the top of my list of all time favorite novels. I have so many thoughts about this masterpiece. I don't have the time right now to put my thoughts in an orderly fashion - so here they are VERY randomly and I know that it won't do this novel justice, but here they are nevertheless:
* The single most exquisite work on the topic of motherhoo ...more
Volume 1: The Garland (4-stars)
In the spirit of the bildungsroman, we first meet Kristin as a young child of 7 and it's her close relationship with her father which fills the early part of the book. Her colder, troubled mother sits in the background and it's not ti ...more
Kristin Lavransdatter is the life story of one woman, and the people closest t ...more
CONTENT WARNING (a list of topics) :(view spoiler)[ sexual assault, rape, loss of a child, long illness, loss of loved ones, adultery, domestic violence. (hide spoiler)]
Things that were wondrous:
-The scope. This is the full life of a woman as a character study. In that study, all the lives she touche ...more
Well, anyway, now I've read Kristin Lavransdatter, and that can be my go-to.
It is really hard to explain why this is one of the best books I've ever read. On the surface, a book about the life of a medieval Norwegian woman, ...more
I took this wonderful newer translation on a recent airplane flight and was so thrilled to have so many hours to read this beautifully written story of a medieval Norwegian woman and her world. Full of faith, love, longing, parenting, and redemption, a true epic.
I have so many thoughts about Kristin. At times I had such compassion towards her. At times I was frustrated with her. She is SO raw and real as are all the characters.
I LOVED learning about Norway in the Middle Ages.
Sigrid Undse ...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
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
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 its 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 marri...more
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Sigrid Undset received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928. Most of the praise was for h ...more