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Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
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Kristin Lavransdatter

by Sigrid Undset

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Series: Kristin Lavransdatter (Omnibus)

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Panorama of Norwegian life in the first half of the 14th century and the tumultous life of a woman, traces Kristin's life from childhood to death.
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Amazing, engaging, wonderful and fascinating. A long hard read for me of the Nunnally translation (amazing job by her too). Accessible characters help make 14th century Norway come to life. Kristin is a rich and deep character and I really felt like I'd lived through her life too. Highly recommend and thank you 1001 for bringing this to my attention. ( )
  brakketh | May 10, 2020 |
A sweeping but intimate view of medieval Normay (1320s-1340s). Several things set this apart. The obvious love the author has for the landscape. She portrays it as it changes through the seasons, with water constantly present in the landscape in some form and surrounded by mountains and their shadows. The other is deeply knowledgable portrayal of medieval life - the huge influence of the church on one's thinking and approach to everyday life while sitting alongside the still present pagan influences; the laws, the politics; the importance of kinship and ties and obligations it brings; how landownership works; the everyday workings of a farm and household; the clothes; how they travelled, etc., etc. A huge book (over 1000 pages) but worth it for being so wholly transported into that age and place in a believable manner. ( )
  devilish2 | Feb 21, 2020 |
I have many thoughts about this book, but will try to reign them in. The book spans 40+ years in Kristin's life in 14th century Norway. I listened to the audio only, so some of the problems I encountered may have been due to that. It was a good story--not great, but good enough. It was tough for women at that time, no doubt; but Kristin could have made better choices and her life would have been easier. Kristin's life was highly affected by the Church, and not always for the better. To be honest, I didn't find a character that I could like. They were all selfish and cold. Problems with the book: many of the names were similar, such as
Erlend Nikulaussön and Nikulaus Erlendssön (his son). If I had a hard copy I might not have had to sort the characters. Also, there were always wars and expeditions and a map for us not familiar with Scandinavia would have been helpful as well as a list of the Kings and their successors. From all of this, you may think I did not enjoy the read, but I did! I can see its place in literature and I'm glad I had the experience. 45 hours=1168 pages ( )
  Tess_W | Jan 1, 2020 |
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  leslie.98 | Oct 26, 2019 |
#11 A classic that scares you

The consequences of our decisions affect our entire lives. Kristin knows right from wrong, but choses wrong. It seems to me that for a long time she may feel regret, but not true repentance until perhaps the end, when it is said that: She had not come to God with her wreath or with her sins and sorrows, not as long, as the world still possessed a drop of sweetness to add to her goblet. But now she had come, after she had learned that the world is like an alehouse: The person who has no more to spend is thrown outside the door. " There were several good quotes about God and His mercy. Although I did not find Kristin a particularly sympathetic character, I did want to find out what happened to her. The setting of the book also aided in keeping my interest, although footnotes are a must for us non-Norwegians. All in all, I am glad to have read it, and the story rings true to life in the sense that all of us choose wrong over right at times, and sometimes we must hit the bottom before reacting and repenting. ( )
  vikinga | Jul 31, 2019 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Sigrid Undsetprimary authorall editionscalculated
Archer, CharlesTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bocca Radomska, EvelinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bouveng, ToveTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eurén, TeresiaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leithauser, BradIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nunnally, TiinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rondoni, DavideIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scott, J.S.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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3 editions of this book were published by Ediciones Encuentro.

Editions: 8474908647, 8474904277, 8499205240

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