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This review is from: Kristin Lavransdatter (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
I believe so. If you are passionate about books you have got to read this one. Simply read the reviews from others who have read it - they are all five star reviews. I own a bookshop, read prolifically, have a personal collection of about 3000 books but this is by far my favourite. It is unique. It covers the life of Kristin from childhood to her death. The richness of her life as a child, her relationships, especially with her father Lavrans, friends, her husband Erlend and her seven sons are woven within the beliefs, customs, superstitions and folk tales of the Norwegian landscape in the 14th century. The Picador version, which incorporates all three books of the trilogy is in my view the best translation and mine is so worn, being testament to the amount of times I have read the book or just picked it up to read a chapter or two. I am passionate about many books but the magical quality of the text in this saga is so rich it sets this book apart. It is not only a pleasure to read it is so inspiring.