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Still young, the admirably hardworking Ida attracts the attention of a successful lawyer, who possesses the manly virtues that her husband lacked. As she contemplates marrying again, Frithjof, now gravely sick, re-enters her life.
Unlike Undset's famous historical novels, which are set in medieval Norway, the story of Ida Elisabeth opens in 1930. As in Undset's other fiction, however, Ida Elisabeth poignantly illustrates how poor choices affect the course of a person's life and how the suffering endured because of grievous mistakes can become the means by which a love is purified.
With its setting in modern times, Ida Elisabeth examines the difficulties inherent in male-female relationships as they are experienced in contemporary society. Undset's descriptions of the Norwegian people and countryside coupled with her profound understanding of the human heart won her worldwide literary acclaim. Both are powerfully displayed in this moving story about fidelity and mercy.
Posted December 30, 2011
_Ida Elisabeth_ is a novel not to be missed. Sigrid Undset gets into the very soul of her characters and brings you right in there with her. Her title character is a woman of complicated humanness. We follow her from childhood, through an ill~advised marriage and the blessings and heartaches of motherhood. Her virtues are many and strong. This is quite possibly the best novel I've ever read, and I believe many women reading it will identify with and relate to the protagonist, which makes for a very satifsying read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.