The Wife

The Wife

In Kristin Lavransdatter (1920-1922), Sigrid Undset interweaves political, social, and religious history with the daily aspects of family life to create a colorful, richly detailed tapestry of Norway during the fourteenth-century. The trilogy,

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The individual novels are Kransen (The Wreath), first published in 1920, Husfrue (The Wife), published in 1921, and Korset (The Cross), published in 1922.

This is the second book of the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy. As a matter of fact the husband ends up taking some very reckless action near the end of the book that causes him to be placed in prison by the king. The author received the 1928 Nobel Prize for Literature based largely on Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy.

Kitap Kristin adl bir kzn hayatn anlatrken aslnda geri planda Norveç tarihi hakknda çok ey söylüyor.

By having such convincing emotional relationships set in medieval Norway, I was reminded that people have always been people, and their loves and lusts and goals and frustrations are so much like ours today.

Probably because as Kristin grows up and takes on the responsibility of being mistress of the Husaby estate we learn more about the day to day life of those times in a way that we really couldn't when she was a young girl and just running around deciding who she was going to marry. After her flightiness of the previous book I wasn't prepared for her to be so efficient at running a house, especially one that had been so badly neglected. But as soon as she had arrived and the wedding guests had departed (which showed a concern for saving her husband's face by not launching into it in front of everyone) she rolled up her sleeves and set straight to work, turning the house into a liveable residence. It certainly played a part, a large part, especially if you consider the fact that it was because it was a sin in the eyes of god that Kristin wasn't a maiden on her wedding day that caused her father so much shame. Even so, after fight number 1001 over what couldn't be fixed I just wanted to give Kristin a right good shake and tell her to stop slicing off her nose to spite her face. Norway was in a rather interesting situation as regards to Kings at the time and I highly suggest any reader reads the introduction to familiarise themselves with the bare bones of what was going on as it will make the 'male' conversations a lot more comprehensible. Kristin paid absolutely no attention, even with all of the repeated meetings in Husaby and pretty treasonous talk going on right under her nose. I'll shortly be reading the final book Kristin Lavransdatter, III: The Cross.

3.5 stars I think I prefer the first book of the trilogy because I got easily bored with some of the more religious passages in this book, which are quite many. It's rather ugly of her to throw her past Erlend's face and blame him for her follies as a young maiden, as if she wasn't an active participant.

Kristin and I finally bonded over our shared faith in the first third of this book, but I found myself having to abandon her company on many occasions because of the company she keeps.

Through the great darkness that would come, she saw the gleam of another, gentler sun, and she sensed the fragrance of the herbs in the garden at world's end." This captures so beautifully Ragnfrid's experience and inner life at this exact moment in her story.

I did not want to put this book down.

This trilogy has been translated into more than 80 languages and is among the worlds most read novels.