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Lazy Cow

I'm not reading this whole post until I finish book one, but I'm woefully behind as I'm just finishing Part one. It took me a few pages to get used the the archaic language, but I'm thoroughly enjoying the feisy Kristin, have a soft spot for Arne and feel sorry for Simon. The medieval world is absolutely fascinating. I know nothing about Scandanavian history (I briefly studied Medieval France & England at university) so this is a whole new world for me. I hope to catch up a bit this week!

Dorothy W.

The bit about Undset capturing the details of everyday life is intriguing -- I imagine it's a lot of fun to read about.


You know how I mentioned I hadn't heard of this book until all my bloggy buddies started reading it? In a fit of coincidence, I found it this morning among the community college's (where I work) fiction collection, which *might* contain 50 books. And Kristin was one of 'em! I was shocked and pleasantly surprised. Now maybe I'll get to it sooner than later. :)


Lazy Cow--I know very little about Scandinavia either (this period or any other). I would like to read more as well. I am sure you will zip through the first book once you get going! Glad to hear the Archer translation is working out. It is the one that won the Nobel, so it can't be that bad.
Dorothy--Yes, it is all very new to me. I think that is partially why I like historical fiction (especially the type that is so well done--I guess this would be historical fiction anyway...).
Andi--Well, that tells you something. If it is one of the few books that they have in their collection, it must be a worthy read! Are you going to give it a read?


I too have finished the first book and am on the second one. It is really good. I am looking forward to seeing what Erland gets himself into in this book. Hmmmmm

I also have not read anything about Norway so I googled Norway and found a couple of sites that were interesting. I wanted to find more pictures of landscapes than I did but I did find this interesting fact.


A main indoor activity in Norway is reading. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Norwegians read more than any other population in the world, spending an average of 500 kroner a year per capita on books.

Ludvig Holberg (1684-1754) is regarded as the father of Norwegian literature, though the modern period begins with the writings of Henrik Wergeland (1808-45). Some of the famous names are Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906), Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson (1832-1910), Nobel Prize winner in 1903, and the novelist Jonas Lie (1833-1908), Alexander Kielland (1849-1906), Knut Hamsun (1859-1952) and Sigrid Undset (1882-1949), the latter two Nobel Prizewinners.
Among the best known Norwegian writers today are Knut Faldbakken, Kjell Askildsen, Roy Jacobsen, Herbjørg Wassmo and Bjørg Vik.


Brenda--My reading has gotten messed up the last two mornings, so I am not as far along as I'd like to be, but it has a different tone in this book. Kristin seems sadder and a bit wiser--which I think will happen even more as we go. Thanks for all the information. I should look around the library for a picture book of Norway--what a good idea! I'd love to read some contemporary Norwegian fiction (actually I'm reading Per Petterson's book and he is from Norway) or at least other Scandinavian authors. I have read very little of this type of fiction. Thanks for the author names--and how interesting that Norwegians read more than any other group of people! I might just like living in Norway!! :)


I am so sorry I have been neglecting poor Kristin! I'm about to start Book 2 and will keep these questions in mind as I read. What do you think of Erlend? Do you find him appealing? I think I'm getting old; so far I'm thinking Simon would have been a better choice!


I'm almost done with the first book and the hint that the second has even more detail on daily life has me very excited to get that far. I really enjoy historical novels that put you squarely in the place and time of the characters; you get a good story and a little history lesson. My only problem with KL so far is that its such a page turner I have to remind myself to slow down and soak in that detail. I'm also a bit conflicted about KL's attachment to Erlend, or at least how it's portrayed. It seems like she quickly becomes aware of some of his weaknesses but still is adamant about being with him. Other than the obligation she might feel for having already "given herself" to him, I don't get a strong feel for what she sees in him.


Melanie--I am not too far into the next book actually. My mornings have been messed up which is when I usually read it. Maybe this weekend I can make some progress. I'm actually with you--Arne and Simon would both have been better choices. I'm not entirely sure what made Erlend so appealing--love at first sight? At first I thought I'd want Erlend, too--so handsome, but I am reconsidering that idea very fast. I don't think she is going to be very happy...
Mary--I also wonder if I am going through the book too fast. I think this is one I could happily reread, though, despite the length!! As for Erlend--it doesn't seem to get any better in the next book, though I am not very far yet!

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