Kristin Lavransdatter

Kristin Lavransdatter

eBook - 2005
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As a young girl, Kristin is deeply devoted to her father, a kind and courageous man, but when as a student in a convent school she meets the charming and impetuous Erlend Nikulausson, she defies her parents in pursuit of her own desires. Her saga continues through her marriage to Erlend, their tumultuous life together raising seven sons as Erlend seeks to strengthen his political influence, and finally their estrangement as the world around them tumbles into uncertainty.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2005
ISBN: 9781101083604
Branch Call Number: OverDrive eBooks
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xx, 1,144 pages) : maps ; cm
Additional Contributors: Nunnally, Tiina 1952-


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Aug 23, 2019

This amazing saga undertaking left me exhausted. Kristen's life is torn between her all-consuming love for Erlend and her guilt for feeling that love. She spends a lot of time over the years regretting her passion and the resulting loss of honour and prestige for her family. Over and over she tries to atone for her indiscretions by promising to do better but life happens. I read the whole book in two weeks and I think that is why I can't rate it more than three stars. I came across the same wailing, regrets, joys so many times I was overwhelmed by them and tired of them. The background scenery, the history, the lush garments, and the Norwegian traditions were all very interesting and did provide depth to the story. As I got to the last half the story seemed to pick up and i was swept along to its conclusion, still not really sympathizing with Kristen.

Nov 17, 2015

One of my favorite books of all time, an engrossing character-driven story about life in Medieval Norway containing passion, politics, and plague. The expert translation in plain, modern language by Nunnally makes this edition easy to read.

Oct 18, 2015

Excellent books! An overview of medieval Norway through the life of one woman. Good storytelling, compelling personalities, stunning images and details of a faraway time and place. I found this series after I had read Jane Smiley's "The Greenlanders".

Apr 02, 2013

Good for Burnaby Public Library for acquiring this sparkling new English translation of the Scandinavian classic! Set in medieval Norway in the fourteenth century, this is one of the finest historical novels I’ve ever read. The rich, multi-layered historical detail is reflected on every page. Most historical fiction uses the past merely as a background to provide local colour for characters whose dialogue, actions, and thoughts are a projection of modern values and preoccupations. Not so, this book. Reading it you shake off the dust of the present and visit a fascinating past world which is both familiar and alien. The familiar part includes universal themes of love and human tragedy. One of Undset’s greatest strengths was her ability to unfold the motives and emotions of her characters in the most convincing psychological detail. The part that is strange (to a post-modern reader) includes the uneasy syncretism of the older heathen and Christian beliefs that then existed in Norway. You can enjoy this novel as a deeply moving tragedy with sophisticated and complex characters and also as a brilliant work of social, religious, and political history.


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