Category Archives: Historical Fiction

Sigrid Undset’s Other Masterpiece – The Master of Hestviken – Vol. 1: The Axe

The Axe (The Master of Hestviken, Vol. 1) by Sigrid Undset. Vintage, 1994. I wonder if any reader of Sigrid Undset comes to The Master of Hestviken first.  It seems that most find their way here after spending many precious hours, days, … Continue reading

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“Independent People” by Halldór Laxness: First Impressions for #ReadNobels #TTWIB April Challenge

I have really enjoyed this month’s Travel the World in Books (#TTWIB) challenge, organized by Aloi of Guiltless Reading, who invited us to read one book by a Nobel prize-winning author. Her announcement post for April’s combined challenge has the linkups of those who … Continue reading

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#ReadNobels for Travel the World in Books in April @ Guiltless Reading

My esteemed co-host, Aloi of Guiltless Reading, is hosting our Travel the World in Books (#TTWIB) event for April, combining this ongoing challenge–to read our way around the world with diverse books–with her own fabulous challenge to read books by … Continue reading

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An Estonian Tragedy–“Purge” by Sofi Oksanen

Purge, a novel by Sofi Oksanen (Trans. from the Finnish by Lola Rogers). New York: Black Cat, Grove/Atlantic, Inc., 2010. (Original work Puhdistus published 2008) Purge depicts the bitter realities of Estonian life during the post-war Russian occupation and Stalinist … Continue reading

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“Babette’s Feast”: the Story and the Film

“Babette’s Feast” is a short story by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen), the Danish author whose real life experiences managing a farm in British East Africa (colonial Kenya) led her to write Out of Africa (1937).  Anyone who has read that book, or … Continue reading

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Review: “The House by the Fjord” by Rosalind Laker

The House by the Fjord by Rosalind Laker. Severn House, 2011. The House by the Fjord is the last novel of the prolific romance writer Barbara Øvstedal  (1921-2012), who wrote primarily under the pen name of Rosalind Laker. Her many … Continue reading

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