Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset
Translated by Tina Nunnally
Penguin Classic, New York, 2005
Bought used at local bookstore.
So, The Wife was certainly better than The Wreath but I’m still having a hard time writing about this book. I am enjoying the historic elements, political intrigue and depictions of daily life but I am having a really hard time with the Church and with Kristin’s religious beliefs.
Her guilt and angst-ridden brooding are making me nauseous. I get angry every time I read of Kristin’s “sin” and of the church’s perceptions of sin, and on top of that there are Kristin’s heart-rending feelings for her Father, and her Husband and her Sons. And even when she is “forgiven” by the church she continues to suffer, on and on. Is this an accurate depiction of a characters “dark night of the soul” or is it the author dealing with her own demons? I often find myself reading, even enjoying what I’m reading, when suddenly, oh no, there she is again, deathly pale and weeping.
Enough, I really am enjoying parts of this trilogy and will finish the final section in the next couple of weeks. I also have to congratulate any other participants in this read-along who manage to put up with the melodramatic soap-opera. These readers include:
Amy at New Century Reading
Claire at kiss a cloud
Emily at evening all afternoon
Jill at Rhapsody in Books
Lena at Save Ophelia
Richard at Caravana de recuerdos
softdrink at Fizzy Thoughts