The Wreath

The Wreath

Book - 1997
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'I don't think I could ever love a man so dearly that I would go against my parents' will for his sake.'

Set in fourteenth-century Norway, The Wreath begins the life story of Kristin Lavransdatter. Starting with Kristin's childhood and continuing through her romance with Erlend Nikulausson, a dangerously charming and impetuous man, Sigrid Undset re-creates the historical backdrop in vivid detail, immersing readers in the day-to-day life, Social conventions, and political undercurrents of the period. But the story she tells is a modern one, brought to life with clarity and lyrical beauty in this remarkable translation by Tiina Nunnally. Defying her parents and stubbornly pursuing her own happiness, Kristin emerges as a woman who loves with power and passion.

'A masterpiece . . . writing in a prose as vigorous, articulate and naturalistic as the novel it re-creates, Tiina Nunnally brilliantly captures a world both remote and strangely familiar.'
-PEN/Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize citation

Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books, 1997.
ISBN: 9780141180410
Characteristics: xxiii, 305 p. : map ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Nunnally, Tiina 1952-


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EuSei Nov 02, 2015

Very disappointing. Writing is poor, wooden, arid, made of very short phrases, and lots and loooots of descriptions. Dialogue occurred only on page 12 (one phrase!) then restarted on page 16. While I do not think a book is only good if it has lots of dialogue, descriptions should draw the reader and enchant him. They should convey the beauty with beauty in them--it is my humble opinion. Undset does not write anything near that. Dropped the book after a few pages.


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