A fugitive crosses his tracks (1933) by Aksel Sandemose

The story: Espen Arnakke reflects on his upbringing in the small-town Jante. My thoughts: The law of Jante is a famous cultural aspect in Norway. I therefore wanted to read the book in which it originated. I’m surprised that this book isn’t mandatory reading in Norway, because it (1) it explains a lot about Norwegian... Continue Reading →

Jenny (1911) by Sigrid Undset

The story: We follow Jenny as she tries to make it as an artist while dealing with the men in her life. My thoughts: After finishing books I sometimes read reviews to help me formulate my thoughts. After I read Kristin Lavransdatter (part I, part II, part III) I read several reviews claiming Kristin Lavransdatter... Continue Reading →

The Wife (1921) by Sigrid Undset

I am reading the three books in the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy and reviewing them after I have read each book. The Wife is the second book, and there will be spoilers for the first book The Wreath. My thoughts on The Wreath, the first book in the series, can be found here.   The plot:... Continue Reading →

Woman and the black bird (1945) by Nini Roll Anker

Meytal (@biblio) has explained that WITmonth was to highlight women who didn’t write in English. I therefore want to spend this month and especially highlight lesser known Norwegian authors. Usually I only write about books that are translated into English. Since the point is to highlight non-English speaking writers, I won’t be following that rule... Continue Reading →

Fru Inés (1891) by Amalie Skram

Plot: Mrs. Inés is unhappily married, and at the time of the story, spending her time by the coast of Turkey. Here she is surrounded by her male fans and female enemies, trying her best to figure out how to become happy. My thoughts: I didn’t like this book when I first began reading it. I... Continue Reading →

Three books by Matti Aikio

Why hadn’t I heard of Matti Aikio before? Not only is his writing interesting and an important part of Norwegian history, but he as a person sounds fascinating. Born in Karasjok in 1872, Matti Aikio was Sami with all that entails in 1870s Karasjok. Despite the position Sami had in Norway at the time his... Continue Reading →

Kon Tiki (1948) by Thor Heyerdahl

(As with all old non-fiction books deciding what you can and can’t talk about is difficult. The ending of the book is common knowledge if you have heard about Thor Heyerdahl. While I don’t think everyone has heard of Thor Heyerdahl, this review will spoil the ending, but not the journey). I was taught about... Continue Reading →

Hunger by Knut Hamsun

I read this for Dewey’s 24 hours readathon. I will publish the reviews as quickly as I can throughout the 24 hours. Sorry for any mistakes. It was during the time I wandered about and starved in Christiania: Christiania, this singular city, from which no man departs without carrying away the traces of his sojourn... Continue Reading →

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