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The Bridal Wreath by Sigrid Undset
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Dec 31, 2011

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I love the book. This wonderful, serious, look into medieval Scandinavia - the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy - is the masterpiece of the Norwegian novelist, Sigrid Undset, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature. It was first published in 1927 and, according to the jacket, has never been out of print in the U.S. since. I am greatly bothered that no credit is given to the translator.
"The Bridal Wreath" is the first of the three books. This one tells of the early years in the rich and full life of this young and headstrong woman determined to get the man of her choice no matter the cost. The New York Herald Tribune said of it, "No other novelist has bodied forth the medieval world with such richness and fullness." I found it a terrific good read.

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