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Kristin Lavransdatter
Kristin Lavransdatter | Sigrid Undset
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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BookNAround
Kristin Lavransdatter | Sigrid Undset
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@TheDaysGoBy tagged me in the #namechallenge game but I was traveling so couldn‘t get to my books. Then I got overwhelmed. But I definitely wanted to do it so, better late than ever. I restricted myself to books on my already read shelves and none starting with “the” just to make it tougher. 😉

TheDaysGoBy Great job! 👍🏻 3mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This is an epic telling of Kristin‘s life starting at age seven. She lives a typical life, for the 1300s. But in other ways she‘s rebellious and unlike most Norwegian women of her time. The themes are quite modern, including women‘s sexuality and the significant downsides of her turbulent marriage. ⬇️

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019
#booked2019 #publicdomain
#readingwomen #translatedbookoriginallypublishedbefore1945

BarbaraTheBibliophage On the flip side, Kristin is incredibly pious, as Undset was for part of her life. So the discussion of Catholic themes—including copious amounts of guilt—is also strong. Kristin is a conflicted woman, and I couldn‘t help but be drawn into her dilemmas. 8mo
BarbaraJean This has been on my TBR for so long! One of my favorite college professors recommended it to me years back. 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BarbaraJean Make sure you read the 2005 translation. The older books are in a kind of Medieval-ish English. 8mo
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BarbaraJean Good to know! I have all three in one volume, same cover as your Audible edition, so I‘m assuming that‘s the recent translation. 8mo
Amiable This is on my short list for my “Annual 1,000-plus page book” for 2020! Glad to see your review. 8mo
Leftcoastzen I went to your site to read your review, this has been on my TBR forever,I‘m on the hunt for cheap copies of the newer translation.Sounds good, big commitment. 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BarbaraJean Yes, that is the more recent book! Hope you enjoy it when you get to it. 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Amiable Hope the review helps you, and that you like it when you read it. 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Leftcoastzen it‘s a BIG commitment. I started on May 6 and finished on the 26th—both audio and Kindle so I could focus as much as possible on it. I hope you enjoy it when you get to it. 8mo
ScrappyMags Hi friend! 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ScrappyMags Hi yourself. How are you feeling and doing?? 8mo
rubyslippersreads I read this in high school because my mom loved it, but it might be fun to read the newer translation. 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @rubyslippersreads I‘ll be curious to hear your impressions if you do. I also think an adult would get much more out of this than a high schooler. 8mo
rubyslippersreads @BarbaraTheBibliophage You‘re absolutely right. I read Vanity Fair in the sixth grade and enjoyed it much more upon rereading as an adult. 😊 8mo
Chrissyreadit I enjoyed the first book, but did not finish the second one. 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Chrissyreadit Understandable. I liked the third book the most and the first book the least. I debated continuing but am glad I persevered. 8mo
Chrissyreadit Maybe someday I will finish the trilogy. 8mo
Cinfhen Fascinating 8mo
LeahBergen Great trilogy! 8mo
Gezemice This has been on my TBR, too. Your review bumps it up! 8mo
ScrappyMags @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m doing well! Able to work part time hoping for full time next year! 👍🏼👍🏼❤️ Finally reading again (slacker) 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Gezemice I hope you enjoy it when you get there. 😎 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ScrappyMags That‘s so wonderful!! 💕 8mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This is a major #chunkster. 45 hours of listening. But it‘s divided into three books, so I‘m not sure I‘ll plow through it all at once. It‘s my pick for #publicdomain #booked2019 and #readingwomen #translatedbefore1945. #currentlyreading #currentlylistening

LeahBergen I loved it. 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @LeahBergen Good to know! It‘s very simple so far, but interesting. I‘m part Norwegian, so it‘s my heritage also. 8mo
LeahBergen I read it after a trip to Norway. 😄 8mo
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BarbaraBB I loved it too. She‘s so strong and admirable! 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BarbaraBB Oh good. I‘m still in the part where she‘s young and a little stupid. 8mo
BarbaraBB @BarbaraTheBibliophage Oops I‘m sorry, I didn‘t know. It‘s no spoiler though, she grows up fast 😅 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BarbaraBB Haha. No worries. That‘s not really a spoiler. 🌞 8mo
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Sweettartlaura
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Way too boring.

Way, way, way too boring.

I see this has a rating over 4 ⭐️. And I tried to hang in to see where it turns good. But I can‘t do it. It‘s a shame - my copy is beautiful, & has all three books in the trilogy. Still, I‘ve got to move on from this one.

Now I have to find two more picks for books published in 1920 & 1921 for the #192019challenge 😕 Any suggestions?

Kalalalatja Thank you! I never got the hype about this one 🤷‍♀️ 8mo
Sweettartlaura @Kalalalatja She‘s a Nobel Prize winner 🤷🏻‍♀️. Some people like the medieval epic; maybe because this focused on a young woman instead of a young man this was more exciting 100 years ago; maybe because most people never saw a pic of Norway 100 years ago but she explains it beautifully? I dunno. But I can‘t give it any more time. There‘s nothing here for me and no hint that there will be 😕 8mo
Sweettartlaura But I‘m glad I‘m not alone @Kalalalatja 😜🥰 8mo
llwheeler I used The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton for 1920, I enjoyed it. I don't have a pick for 1921 yet so let me know if you get a good suggestion 🙂 8mo
Sweettartlaura @llwheeler I‘m going with Agatha Christie‘s first for 1920 - The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Still on the hunt for 1921. And I‘m subbing out my 64 pick, too - tried to read JCO‘s first novel, but it was awful. Luckily I have something on my shelves I‘m happy to re-read, 8mo
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Alright, I‘m going in! I like to take on these doorstop books in tiny bites, so it will probably take me a few months to finish.

vivastory I have this same edition. I have been meaning to read it... 9mo
BarbaraBB It‘d very readable. And good. Enjoy! 9mo
LeahBergen It‘s wonderful! 9mo
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mklong @BarbaraBB @LeahBergen Good to know! I‘m looking forward to it. 9mo
mklong @vivastory I wish you would. I‘d love to have someone to chat with about it as I go. 9mo
vivastory I will tag you when I start it. I'll begin Sunday/Monday. 👍 9mo
mklong @vivastory Yay!!! 😊 9mo
mklong @vivastory The introduction is pretty spoiler-y so I‘d skip it if I were you. It‘s one of those intros that assumes we‘re all familiar with the plot. 9mo
vivastory Thanks for the heads up. I usually read the introduction afterwards, but I was thinking of reading this just for some background information on the author & the history of where the book takes place. 9mo
MellieAntoinette Let me know if it‘s worth it? This has been on my radar but I‘ve strongly hesitated for some reason! 9mo
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Wife
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#31bookpics #BigBooks Here are two big books that I have to read! 🖤

Reviewsbylola LD is SO good! 1y
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mdemanatee
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I guess if I am gonna go to the effort of post-it note-ing I should at least make an effort to hit the first benchmark date.

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Blueberry
Kristin Lavransdatter | Sigrid Undset
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Three translated books from Sweden, my ancestral home.

#Septinbooks18 #pickatranslatedbook
@bookisglee

Reviewsbylola The Larsson trilogy is one of my favorite series ever! 1y
Blueberry @Reviewsbylola I was good but not great with it but I hear from a lot of people who loved it. 1y
Loric Loved Fredrik Backman‘s Ove and Beartown! Actually I‘ve enjoyed all the books here (edited) 1y
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mdemanatee
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A college friend is cohosting a “Kristin by Christmas” online readalong I am going to participate in so I had to buy the deluxe edition over the drop caps ‘cause we‘re doing the whole trilogy.

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Pippitypip
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Waterfalls, fjords and trolls. Norway is fascinating. #backpackingEurope @JenP @BookwormM

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thea-block
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This is what happens when one stumbles upon a massive library book sale... #bookhaulofthecentury. Looking forward to reading these (and sharing with my mom)! Any favorites/recommendations in these stacks? I‘ve heard good things about Kristin Lavransdatter.

EadieB I loved Kristin Lavransdatter! 2y
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ I really enjoyed this slow, detailed read although sometimes it was a slog. I loved all the details about caring for her young children. A main theme in book is how Kristin wanted to follow God's path but also her own, and I was thinking last night how that is true of every person of faith... It's just quite sad that she didn't know more joy in life, but even the fact that her joy was mixed with sadness is just a fact of life.

Heatherfeather Great review! 2y
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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It took me almost 3 months, but I'm finally done! It was definitely an interesting read... I didn't expect it to be so religious and I wonder what non-religious people make of it.

BarbaraBB I am non religious and loved it. I don‘t even remember it as being very religious. I do remember her friendship with the priest (or was he a monk?) and loved that part of the story especially. 2y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @BarbaraBB yes her friendship with the monk is lovely. Everyone's view of God is pretty harsh though and there is the implication that she can never find peace and joy with Erlend because of the way their relationship started. Years and years later, she still lives in the shadow of that sin and everyone still remembers it. 2y
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sofiaga
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Taking a small break

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andrejime
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andrejime
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MrBook
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Today's author spotlight: Sigrid Undset! Born in Denmark, she died in Lillehammer, Norway, in 1949 at 67. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1928. She joined the Norwegian Authors' Union and was head of its Literary Council. Her home, in the traditional Norwegian timber style, was called Bjerkebæk--it's a museum today. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

Lindy Any Norwegian speakers on Litsy, I‘m curious about the spelling of this title. I know it as (edited) 2y
Leftcoastzen Cool post ! First time I‘ve seen a photo of her.thx 2y
AnneCecilie @Lindy you have the correct spelling of this work 2y
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Lindy @AnneCecilie Thanks. I wondered if there was a special letter that transliterated differently, but maybe it‘s simply that b and v sound alike, or else a typographical error. 2y
Lindy @AnneCecilie My memory of this story can be summed up like this: it‘s cold and muddy, life is miserable, and then everyone dies. 😕 2y
AnneCecilie @Lindy the title was probably misspelled when put into the database. I've never read the novel, even if it has been standing on my shelves for 10 years, but I was forced to see the movie at school. 2y
Lindy @AnneCecilie “Forced” hmmmm. An unpleasant experience? 2y
AnneCecilie @Lindy the movie was over 3 hours and I was maybe 14 yrs. It lasted forever 2y
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sprainedbrain
Kristin Lavransdatter | Sigrid Undset
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Audible is having another 2-1 credit sale, and I‘m pretty pleased with myself for picking up these two #1001books on audio.

The tagged book is 45 hours long all by itself. 😍

DivaDiane Both great books! Excellent haul! 2y
AmyG The Poisonwood Bible is so good. 2y
MyNightstandRunnethOver I loved both of these books. Great choices! 2y
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bookandcat AMAZING BOOKS! and Kristin Lavransdattar is that long because it is actually three books in one. 2y
bookandcat Also Poisonwood Bible - I highly recommend reading it again. Kingsolver does a BRILLIANT job with foreshadowing and other literary techniques you don't catch the first time through! Have read this one so much lol 2y
DivaDiane I just noticed that you wrote Kristin Lavransdatter is 45 hours long?!? Ah, it must be all 3 books! 2y
sprainedbrain @DivaDiane yep, it‘s the whole thing. and I got it for free! 2y
Suet624 I love Kristin Lavransdatter so much. Might be time for me to reread it. 2y
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Blueberry
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1144 pgs. Often seen as a trilogy. I don't know if I would have made it through all three parts if I hadn't read it with a group.

#longestbookyouread @Annreads
#Allthebooksof2017

Aseleener I started it once, about 10 years ago, but had to stop bc I moved and it was a library book. I should give it another try. 2y
minkyb I know @Cinfhen The prompt is just to make us swoon or shudder 😂 2y
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Blueberry @minkyb @Cinfhen I know what you guys mean. I want to read Lonesome Dove but it's size scares me. 2y
minkyb @Blueberry I cannot imagine physically toting around a book of 1,000+ pages‼️ 2y
Blueberry @minkyb Thank goodness for ebooks. 2y
Suet624 I loved this trilogy. A lot. 2y
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sofiaga
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Today I organized a Silent Reading Party. It was stressful but was very happy to see people reading and enjoying the moment.

twohectobooks Love this idea! 2y
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sofiaga
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I am starting this massive book pick for our Nobelistas book club in one of the coolest cafés I have ever been to. Cafeteria Inclúyeme ( Include Me Coffee House) was founded and it is managed entirely by people with disabilities ???

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 3! The trilogy in one volume. This 1,100 sweeping Norwegian epic follows the life of Kristen in 14th-Century Norway. Deeply devoted to her father as a young girl, she falls for Erlend while in school, marries him despite her parents' concerns, raises 7 sons, and onward through the end of her life. Highly praised in Europe for its historical cultural accuracy. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

quirkyreader This has been on my TBR for a while. I was waiting for a better translated version of the story. 2y
hilded It's a great book👏🏻😊 2y
PirateJenny I need to read this. Colleagues and former colleagues keep being shocked that I haven't yet. 2y
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PirateJenny @quirkyreader I know the translator for the Penguin Classics edition has won some awards, though I'm not sure if any were for KL.Her name is Tions Nunnally 2y
PirateJenny Make that Tiina. Stupid autocorrect 2y
quirkyreader @PirateJenny I will check this edition out. The first English edition available came out around the 1970's and it wasn't translated very well. It was a rush job because the book had won some prizes and the publishers wanted to get out in English. 2y
PirateJenny @quirkyreader Oh this is much much newer. The collected edition is 2005 (I just looked it up). I'm not sure what years they were done individually before that, possibly the 1990s. I do know the editor who commissioned them and I know she was still a kid in the 1970s. 😊 2y
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Blueberry
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The two biggest books I have read this year. 825 pgs. and 1168 pgs.

#30DaysofReadathon #Thick

LeahBergen I'm a big fan of Kristin Lavransdatter. 👍🏻 (edited) 2y
Texreader Kristin Lavransdatter was so good! I'd love to reread it but it is huge! Three years ago my family visited Undset's hometown of Lillehammer, Norway and I got a pic of her statue. 2y
Suet624 Loved Kristin. So good. I've read it twice. Thinking of a reread... 2y
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Kalalalatja
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This was my #LetterU for #LitsyAtoZ, and that's the only reason I didn't bail on it during the first part of the book. The book did pick up a bit in the last half, but I just couldn't care about it at all. All the religious guilt were completely unrelatable for me, and the pacing/structure felt off. Maybe that had something to do with I read it as an audiobook, but it felt abrupt and just off.

I see why people love this. It just wasn't for me.

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Kalalalatja
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Audiobook-ing and eating a delicious rhubarb slice. I'm enjoying the cake far more than the book, but what do you do when it is your #letterU for #LitsyAtoZ 🤷‍♀️

#currentlyreading

Theresa How is this book? I almost picked it up before my recent Scandinavian vacation but held off when I realized I already had more than I could conquer. It's still in my wish list, tho. 2y
Kalalalatja @Theresa to be honest, I'm not loving it. The first part had me close to bailing, but it picked up a bit. 2y
Suet624 Oh, I've read the entire series twice and am hankering for a third. @theresa 2y
Kalalalatja @Suet624 It's good to have someone outweigh my negativity 😄 2y
Theresa @Kalalalatja @Suet624 Thanks to both of you for the input! I'm in the middle of several books right now, so I wouldn't be able to pick it up now anyway, but I'll definitely keep it in my wish list. 2y
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GatheringBooks
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#AugustGrrrl Day 15: #GreatestLoveOfAll is probly found in the pages of this thick tome of a book that I am still hoping I can get back to in this lifetime. Fits into #AndItsAugust Day 15: #TwoWordTitles too!

Cinfhen Severe #PageCountPhobia 🙈 2y
shawnmooney Me too - in my lifetime! 😂 2y
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen ikr!! i hope i don't let the thickness of the book turn me off. i just love norway and reading the pages remind me so much of the landscape. 2y
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Cinfhen I'm in awe🙌🏻read on 😘 2y
GatheringBooks @Cinfhen i have pretty much abandoned it at this point in time as we are about to launch our new reading theme, but still hopeful that i get back to it within the year. 2y
Cinfhen What's your new reading theme??? #curiousMinds 2y
BarbaraBB Great choice about a great love indeed 2y
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mrsthilkey
Kristin Lavransdatter | Sigrid Undset
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Used book store haul from today. I've had this on my tbr for a long time and for some reason I think the covers are adorable. 😂 Excellent condition, too.

rubyslippersreads ❤️ those covers! 2y
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EvieBee
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It finally arrived! All 1,144 pages of it! #bookmail #primeday

LeahBergen It's so good (once you get into it)! 3y
BooksForEmpathy Oooh this reminds me that I have the second and third books to finish! I read the first one back in April and it was so good! 3y
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batsy Oh wow I've been meaning to tackle this one... some day 😬 3y
Oftencantdecide It's really good! I think my first ever Litsy post was on this book.😊 3y
EvieBee @LeahBergen @BooksForEmpathy @Oftencantdecide Yay! So happy it comes highly recommended. Hoping I can make a dent in it this summer. 3y
EvieBee @batsy Maybe a book at a time? This one is one volume of 3 books. 3y
DreesReads This is a great book--I read this edition. 3y
EvieBee @AudreyMorris Good to know! Was wondering if I should have broke it down. 3y
DreesReads I read it straight through! It is an excellent translation. I did bog down a bit in book 2 maybe? But kept plugging away and got through that part. 3y
batsy @EvieBee84 Yes, it will be more manageable in volumes! Especially when being on Litsy means putting literally everything on the TBR 😁 3y
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Katherself
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I was not expecting a leopard to appear in this Norwegian epic.

I like it.

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Katherself
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We're at a friend's family's house by the river for the 4th, having a quiet moment in between swimming in the river and eating so much food, and then we'll have fireworks by the bonfire tonight.

This epic tome is my summer reading, and embracing this quiet moment, because when we get back, our lives are going to ramp up hard. Our wedding is in less than 3 months, we're moving and I'm applying to grad school. Big things are happening.

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BarbaraBB
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Set in medieval Norway, this is the story of Kristin and her family. It is utterly believable: the landscape, the way of life, the unquestionable presence of religion mixed up with superstition, the attitude towards death and so on.

#1001books

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sofiaga
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These are the books for my Nobelistas Bookclub for the remainder of the year.

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Blueberry
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1168 pgs done! 16 hrs of driving down and back to San Bernardino helped a lot. Went to check out UC Irvine as a potential transfer college for son.

@NataliePatalie #classic #bigreads
#translations #Norwegian

Texreader Excellent book!! 3y
HippieChickHomeschool You can read in the car?!? #deadjealous 3y
Blueberry @HippieChickHomeschool. HWY 5 makes it pretty easy. It runs through most of California, long and straight. :) 3y
Suet624 Oh gosh. I love this series of books. I've read the series 3 times. 3y
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Blueberry
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How totally cool to have a author (and a woman at that) on the side of an airplane. She won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1928, had a crater named after her on Venus, was depicted on the Norwegian kroner and a postage stamp. The neighboring Sweden even put her on a stamp also.

@NataliePatalie

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vivastory
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This book looks very interesting. Clocking in at over 1,000 pages, it's quite a commitment.

drokka That's the entire trilogy. I'm told it's the better translation as well. I've had this for years but for some odd reason it keeps being pushed back. I ought to really give it its due. 3y
vivastory I just noticed it was a trilogy. Seems like it would be not as intimidating if you took a break between the books. I'm going to buy this, it sounds fascinating & I love this edition. I'm glad it's a reliable translation as well. @drokka 3y
Leniverse Sigrid Undset is one of the greats in Norwegian literature. She's even on on our money, on the highest bill that's in normal circulation. Unfortunately school kind of killed her for me. And after a mediocre film adaptation of the first book I really wasn't keen. I keep thinking I should give it a go now, as I might actually appreciate it now. 3y
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manifestsanity I'm not sure what scares me more on a dust jacket: "magical realism" or "Winner of the Nobel Prize For Literature." 3y
Texreader I loved this book and enjoyed visiting Undset's hometown Lillehammer in 2015. There's a lovely statue of her on the main drag. 3y
vivastory @Leniverse I had a similar experience with Walt Whitman in school. They sanitized his work & domesticated it. It was quite a shock for me when I read him years later. I was unaware Undset enjoyed such prestige in Norway. 3y
vivastory @manifestsanity What about Gabriel Garcia Marquez? A magical realist writer AND Nobel Prize laureate 3y
ApoptyGina69 I own my mom's copy in a three-volume boxed set and I STILL haven't read it. This is the reminder I needed! 👍📚 3y
vivastory @ApoptyGina69 Good! I'd never even heard of this author until I was browsing Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition online. 3y
Leniverse Norway is very proud of its writers. Especially the realist writers of the 1860s to 1890s. Undset continued that tradition (the New Rationalism). Undset was born in Denmark, but she's considered Norwegian. She was the third, and so far latest Norwegian Nobel Prize winner in literature. She was very vocally against nazism (clashing frequently with Hamsun). I feel bad about not having read her, other than the excepts at school. 3y
LeahBergen I loved this trilogy! 3y
vivastory @LeahBergen Glad to hear it! It looks fantastic. Can't wait to tackle it. 3y
Hobbinol Yet another book that I keep putting off for unknown reasons... 3y
ValerieAndBooks It's a good trilogy! I have two different translations of it, but only read one (so far!) 3y
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thereselittleton
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My high school composition teacher told me I'd like Kristen Lavransdatter. I never got around to it back then, but am really enjoying Tiina Nunnally's new translation now. It's easy to get swept away into the story's flow. Glad I waited.

Posemn I saw this book referenced in Ann Patchett's Commonwealth and thought I would search to put it in my stack. Yours was the first reference. Thanks @thereselittleton! 3y
Suet624 I've read this trilogy twice. Might be ready for a third run through. 3y
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Oftencantdecide
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Currently reading.

AlaMich I read the trilogy last winter. I'm rather surprised there is anyone else on the planet who has. When i told my wife I was reading a book "set in Norway in the Middle Ages" she looked at me like I'd lost my mind. ? I enjoyed it, but it was definitely a slog in some spots. 3y
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