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The Bridal Wreath: Kristin Lavransdatter, Volume I
     

The Bridal Wreath: Kristin Lavransdatter, Volume I

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by Sigrid Undset
 

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The acknowledged masterpiece of the Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian novelist Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter has never been out of print in this country since its first publication in 1927. Its story of a woman's life in fourteenth-century Norway has kept its hold on generations of readers, and the heroine, Kristin—beautiful, strong-willed, and

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The acknowledged masterpiece of the Nobel Prize-winning Norwegian novelist Sigrid Undset, Kristin Lavransdatter has never been out of print in this country since its first publication in 1927. Its story of a woman's life in fourteenth-century Norway has kept its hold on generations of readers, and the heroine, Kristin—beautiful, strong-willed, and passionate—stands with the world's great literary figures. Volume 1, The Bridal Wreath, describes young Kristin's stormy romance with the dashing Erlend Nikulausson, a young man perhaps overly fond of women, of whom her father strongly disapproves.


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“Sigrid Undset's trilogy embodies more of life, seen understanding and seriously…than any novel since Dostoievsky's Brothers Karamazov.” —Commonweal“No other novelist has bodied forth the medieval world with such richness and fullness.” —New York Herald Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307789716
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/23/2011
Series:
Kristin Lavransdatter Series , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
601,218
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Sigrid Undset is a major figure in early twentieth-century literature. A Norwegian born in Denmark in 1881, she worked with the Norwegian underground during the Second World War, fled to Sweden in 1940, and later came to the United States. She is the author of many works of fiction as well as several books for young readers and a number of nonfiction titles. Her novels encompass a variety of settings and time periods, ranging from medieval romances such as the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy—generally considered to be her masterwork—and The Master of Hestviken tetralogy to modern novels such as The Winding Road, Ida Elisabeth, and The Faithful Wife. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1928. Sigrid Undset died in 1949.


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The Bridal Wreath: Kristin Lavransdatter, Volume I 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the original translation. There is an newer translation which is easier to read.
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Kristin Lavransdatter is one of the two greatest pieces of literature that I've ever read. It ranks among the top 50 books ever written in my mind. It is an enchanting story of love and family in medieval Norway. The background is almost as great as the story itself. Undset is amazing. My first daughter will be named Kristin in her honor. The book is definitely a must read. If there were more stars on this review chart, I would still place it off the charts.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read the first book of the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy for my sophomore religion class this year. After spending a good weekend reading it, I concluded that it was a book about a girl who makes bad choices about love and sex during medieval Norway. The names are hard to grasp at first because they're all Norwegian names (since the author is Norwegian, it's all translated). However, the actual plot of the book is pretty good, because there is constant conflict. It takes about 60pages for the book to be interesting, but as soon as you get that far, it's great.