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Kailana

Thanks Danielle, now I want to read this! haha, I am not sure if that is a grateful thanks or a big sigh as I add another book to the TBR pile thanks.

You have read a lot of interesting books this year. What's your favourite so far, just out of curiousity.

Dorothy W.

The theme of paganism/Christianity sounds very interesting -- I'd love to read more about the shift between the two. I'm glad to hear this is such an engaging read.

Dark Orpheus

Hey, nice of you to add the reader's guide - although I'm still progressing slowly. Still only on Page 24. Hee.

But it's not because the writing is difficult. (It's because I'm reading Into The Wild instead) In fact, it's very accessible and I like the details of the provincial life, the country, the colour, the taste of the 14th century Norway.

I also enjoyed the fun details like the children trying to baptise the piglet and getting trashed by the priest for it.

And Kristin's mother, who says such unexpected things that can stun a warhorse in its charge. Things like, "Are you so happy then, my daughter, to be going so far away from me?" That single statement says so much about this woman - a little self-pitying, a little resentful, maybe even a little manipulative, and oh, so very passive-aggressive.

Danielle

Kailana--I'm always happy to enable another reader! :) Actually I am enjoying this one, and if it sounds appealing--I do recommend it! I have read a lot of good books this year--It might be hard to choose just one. Just off the top of my head I think Cheri and the Last of Cheri by Colette is my favorite, but there were several others that come to mind that I really liked as well--Tess by Hardy, The Welsh Girl by Davies, Excellent Women by Pym....
Dorothy--I have a feeling that the religious aspect is really going to come into play later in Kristin's life. It's interesting how KL's life sort of parallel's Undset's.
Dark Orpheus--I am sure you will easily catch up once you get going on it. The Krakauer book is hard to put down when you start it! I agree KL's mother is something! She seems a bit the martyr to me--she certainly blames herself lot. You'll see more of this as you go. Everyone seems happy that KL takes after her father!

Heather

Glad to see you are enjoying it too! I just finished the second part of book 1. I haven't read much this weekend, unfortunately, there was too much going on. I hope to read more tomorrow though.

I have been fascinated by the way Kristin approaches her religion as opposed to how others think it should be approached, or rather, how she was taught. A lot happens in the second part that surprised me.

Danielle

Heather--I am a bit behind you. I have a feeling that her approach to religion is going to change vastly when she is older. I'll be interested to see. The story is surprisingly modern, isn't it? At least it feels that way--maybe that's why it reads so easily?

Heather

I was having that feeling too; how modern it seems to be! Of course, I don't know too many children crippled by farm animals, but many of the family issues are very familiar. And I expect you are right, that her religiousness will change as she gets older. Isn't that what happened to Undset? I hate introductions, so I didn't read it.

Brenda

I too am reading KL and are a little bit further than you Danielle. I read a lot over the weekend but yesterday I just couldn't pick her up. Too busy around the house. I am also reading Fingersmith which I read a little yesterday. Too many good books to read and so little time.

Danielle

Heather--I usually also avoid introductions, too, but I did read this one. I wish I hadn't as it gave away details, but I guess I already had an idea of what happens in the book. Still, I prefer not knowing too much ahead of time. Undset did indeed convert to Catholicism, so I have a feeling she wrote about this in KL to some extent. It sounds as though she was pretty religious.
Brenda--Is this the second time you are reading KL? If so, how does it compare to the first time? I totally understand about getting busy. And I read Fingersmith not too long ago--I found it very hard to put that book down. Enjoy! :)

Mary

I'm also finding KL a surprisingly easy read; the kind that makes you stay up a bit too late finishing another chapter. One of the features that I've particularly enjoyed are the simple but vivid descriptions of the natural world. On her first trip into the mountains I could almost smell the trees and feel the wind in my face. And in another scene she's outside at night listening to the sound of melting snow and watching clouds race across the night sky. There are many more such references that are both beautiful and a reminder of the bigger role that nature played in daily life of 1340.

Danielle

Mary--I've also been enjoying the passages dealing with nature. It's quite an eloquent book really in many respects. I'm so glad I finally picked it up to read!

Brenda

No, this is the first time I am reading it. It was recommended many years ago but I never could get through it as job and family prevented it and the library would only let me have it for two weeks - that was back in the olden days. lol

Melanie

I'm rereading the first book, skimming it, as I just read it starting in January, but I'm nearly at the point where I stopped before. I agree, the style of writing is strangely modern - not the content or even the vocabulary, but I suppose the way she writes without excess verbiage, and the subjects she chooses to focus on. I'm with Mary also on how much I enjoy her descriptions of nature and the differences between Kristin's mountain home and the cities she encounters later.

Lazy Cow

I agree with the other posters about the natural world. There is something Hardy-ish about the book. Not that Unsted writes like Thomas Hardy, but her love of nature shows through in her words. I'm finding my old edition, in spite of some of the language, modern in feel too. I keep reminding myself that's why classics are so named: because they appeal across the years!

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