Gunnar's Daughter

Gunnar s Daughter Gunnar s Daughter is a short novel written by Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset published in This was Undset s first historical novel set in the th and th centuries in Norway and Icel

  • Title: Gunnar's Daughter
  • Author: Sigrid Undset Thomas Cahill Arthur G. Chater
  • ISBN: 9780943119069
  • Page: 201
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gunnar s Daughter is a short novel written by Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset 1882 1949 , published in 1909 This was Undset s first historical novel, set in the 10th and 11th centuries in Norway and Iceland The novel follows the tragic romance between the proud Vigdis Gunnarsdatter and the Icelandic Viga Ljot The major themes are rape, revenge, social codes, marriage, andGunnar s Daughter is a short novel written by Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset 1882 1949 , published in 1909 This was Undset s first historical novel, set in the 10th and 11th centuries in Norway and Iceland The novel follows the tragic romance between the proud Vigdis Gunnarsdatter and the Icelandic Viga Ljot The major themes are rape, revenge, social codes, marriage, and children bearing the consequences of their parents acts.
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    • Henry Avila says:

      As the age of the fierce, savage, marauders, the Vikings slowly comes to an end, they become more traders than raiders, with the spread of Christianity's love they neighbor philosophy , around A.D. 1000, a small settlement, (this isn't just another Nordic saga) in what will become the great city of Oslo, Norway there lived a beautiful daughter of Gunnar's, the most powerful landowner in the area. She has many suitors naturally , but being a teenager Vigdis Gunnarsdatter, has time to choose her m [...]

    • Ahmad Sharabiani says:

      ‎Vigdis la farouche‬ = Fortaellingen om Viga-Ljot og Vigdis = Gunnar's Daughter, Sigrid Undsetعنوانها: بازی سرنوشت؛ زن رام نشدنی؛ دختر گانر؛ نویسنده: سیگری (زیگرید اوندست) اونست (آندست)؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و دوم نوامبر سال 2000 میلادیعنوان: بازی سرنوشت؛ نویسنده: سیگری اونست (آندست)؛ مترجم: مریم حسن زاده؛ تهران، م [...]

    • Maggie says:

      Growing up, my mom tried to do the Asian mom thing and ban TV during the weekdays. So of course, I binge watched trashy daytime TV during holidays while she was at work. The TV was basically on from the time she left to an hour before she got home -- you know, so the TV would be cool to the touch if she was inclined to check. From 12-3pm, I watched All My Children (RIP), One Life to Live, and General Hospital. General Hospital was the only one I ended up watching regularly.I loved the wealthy an [...]

    • Dhanaraj Rajan says:

      Sigrid Undset is a genius. For, this is a short work with shorter chapters and yet contains many themes and all of them are adequately treated. 1. This is a historical fiction: The novel is set in the beginning of the 11th century in Norway when the Viking age was facing the transition into the Christian Middle Ages. It was the time Christianity entered into the Viking cultural milieu. And the initial frictions that appear between two cultures are expressed in many places in an interesting manne [...]

    • Briynne says:

      I'm going to try not to gush, but it's going to be tough. I am in awe of Sigrid Undset. Total and complete awe. The style of the novel was intriguing. Undset models the book after the old sagas, which gives it a fundamentally different tone than that of Kristen Lavransdatter. At first, I was not entirely convinced; it seemed a little awkward and artificial, but thankfully after a couple of chapters she seemed to settle into the form. Or, perhaps, she simply abandoned her initial strict adherence [...]

    • Lindsey says:

      I read it in high school. The writing style seemed strikingly different from the trashy beach-reads I was into at the time. I re-read it recently (2008) and again was struck by the effect of the sparse writing, which effectively conveyed both the cruelty of the weather and the characters.

    • Rowizyx says:

      Lettura totalmente alla cieca per completare più sfide, però direi che mi va bene, con quello che scelgo. Lettura interessante, è il primo libro che abbia mai letto ambientato nel medioevo nordico: interessante perché non c'è alcun tentativo di modernizzazione dei personaggi come ci sono a volte avviene con bestseller più famosi. Il mondo vichingo viene dipinto qui con realismo e una certa crudezza stilistica.(view spoiler)[Vigdis è la bella figlia di un capotribù, Gunnar di cui Viga-Lio [...]

    • Caitlin says:

      I lasted about a week after finishing Kristin Lavransdatter before giving in and returning to Sigrid Undset's Norway. As with the much longer K.L. (an acronym seems necessary), I was gripped from the first sentence: not because Undset writes in a sensational style--quite the opposite--but because yet again her medieval world feels as real as this one. Gunnar's Daughter has a plot that isn't far from melodrama in its broad strokes, but at no point (except perhaps towards the very end) does the st [...]

    • Nick says:

      I'm not sure I could've picked a book more contrary in style and tone to the seven-volume Dark Tower series by Stephen King. Where King is elaborate and at times overpowering in his imaginative vision, Undset is so spare in her narration that her characters are almost always surprising me with their words and actions. I once heard Cormac McCarthy's writing described as 'biblical' for its laconic tone, but in comparison to Undset, McCarthy comes across like a high school girl journaling about her [...]

    • Czarny Pies says:

      This is the first novel by Nobel Laureate Sigrid Undset. In it you can see Undset's skill at recreating the people and mentalities of the Norwegian middle ages. The characters are engaging to the modern reader yet at all times remain congruent with the historical era in which the novel is set. Undset's art in Gunnar's daughter is still far from the level attained in her celebrated Kristin Lavransdatter cycle but the work still has its charms.

    • Nick says:

      This was Sigrid Undset's first venture into the dark world of medieval Scandinavia; later, longer works would win her the Nobel Prize. "Gunnar's Daughter" is spare and harsh; it looks back not just on the sagas, with their manly world of insults and vengeance, but even farther back to the murder ballads. This is a world in which fate is set by a moment's decision, words uttered in anger control destiny. Gunnar's daughter herself converts to Christianity -- the great Christianizing king Olaf Tryg [...]

    • Ashley says:

      Gunnar's Daughter feels like it was written hundreds of years ago. Undset based her style and story on the sagas of Iceland that she read as a girl--even the language and tone echo those early pre-Christian histories. Set in eleventh-century Iceland and Norway, it's the story of Vigdis Gunnarsdatter who is raped by the man she wanted to marry. It's full of vikings and violence, and you might think the setting is too far removed to hold any interest for you--but it's amazing how relevant and powe [...]

    • Diane Anderson says:

      I am on sabbatical and that means I can spare some time to read for pleasure! I am not sure of reading books by Nobel Laureate Sigrid Undset is only pleasure. Her books feels like an education in feminist theory, history, geography, aesthetics, psychology, and literature. She is an amazing author! Start with the trilogy Kristin Lavransdatter if you have any interest at all. How she can write as such a knowledgeable Norwegian historian AND have her novels feels so contemporary regarding the "huma [...]

    • Samantha says:

      This was simultaneously the most heartbreaking and yet strangely beautiful book I have ever read.The writing, probably, accounts for most of its beauty. Undset is absolutely phenomenal. Her words are powerful, striking, commanding. They speak to you with a rawness and a clarity of emotion.As for the book's being heartbreaking man. I am utterly speechless. I was in tears in several parts. The plot was do well-crafted that I caught myself crying aloud when a new twist revealed itself. For one thin [...]

    • Michael says:

      Sigrid Undset is probably one of my favorite authors. This book is very different in some ways from Kristin Lavransdatter, her most well-known work, as it was highly inspired, not only in content but also in form, by the Icelandic sagas, specifically Njal's Saga and Laxdaela Saga. Gunnar's Daughter is more of a tragedy as well, dealing with the romance of Vigdis (the title character) and Ljot, his betrayal of her, their lives apart from each other, and finally their fateful meeting decades later [...]

    • Beth says:

      My new heroes: 14th-century Norwegian women. Our protagonist not only sliced her rapist/would-be suitor with a knife, she also called him a "ghastly bugbear," and her foster mother washed her hair in the blood of her own newly-killed captor/rapist/would-be suitor. Much of the language from this translation needs to be brought back into everyday use. "Dastard" is a noun that deserves recognition on its own instead of being subsumed within an adverb spoken only ironically in contemporary times, an [...]

    • Kelly says:

      The updated saga form further proves to us how little the fundamentals of human nature change over the centuries. I respect brutal truths.

    • Kira says:

      The only beloved Sigrid Undset that does not leave one depressed for weeks. Lovely!

    • Josiah says:

      The novel has a dry, spare prose echoing the old Icelandic epics. The story is divided into three parts. I found the first part stunning and read it breathlessly through in one sitting. Our hero is a young woman who meets a young traveller who is a visitor to her father's hall. We are told that he is young, but has already accomplished much. Everything looks good for the two until he finds out that she has another suitor; he kind of freaks out about the other man, jealousy rears up and everythin [...]

    • Sverre says:

      This was Undset’s third novel, published in 1909, when she was twenty-seven. It was a precursor of sorts to the ‘Sigrid Lavransdatter’ trilogy (1920) and the four volume ‘The Master of Hestviken’ (1925), all set in medieval Norway. ‘Gunnar’s Daughter’ is historically set in Norway and Iceland at the turn of the millennium, 1000 AD. It is written to mimic the descriptive narrative style of the Viking sagas. The phrasing is succinct and the words chosen in this translation are lyri [...]

    • Gyoza says:

      I first heard of Sigrid Undset a couple of years ago after coming across an article about a new English translation of her Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy. Since it's such a huge book, I thought I would read one of her shorter works first and decided on this one.Gunnar's Daughter is a dramatic story of a woman who was raped by the man she wanted to marry, and how this betrayal of trust changed the whole course of both their lives. That the story is set when Norway and Iceland were in a time of tra [...]

    • Audrey says:

      This book was written by Nobel Prize-winning writer Sigrid Undset when she was in her late 20s. It's written in the style of Icelandic sagas and takes place in 11th century Norway and Iceland. I've never read Icelandic sagas before but Gunnar's Daughter was AMAZING. Many characters, including Vigdis Gunnarsdatter, the heroine, had been badly wronged, Undset depicts them in a detached, unsentimental manner, showing how people would respond to their awful circumstances within their historical/soci [...]

    • M says:

      This was a very good book. While this is written in a style very similar to that of the actual Icelandic Sagas, it manages to have more psychological depth and complexity to its characters. The story ends on a somewhat ambiguous note. It's in some ways a simple one, but it raises some interesting issues and is told in a way that forces the reader to decide how much they're willing to sympathize and identify with the various characters. It also contains themes and situations that are definitely s [...]

    • Sonja says:

      Sigrid Undset has a way of sucking you into the story and not letting you go until it is finished. Even though the tale could be described as a tragedy, it somehow captures my interest thoroughly. Maybe it's the Old Norway setting or just the way she portrays how people have ways of creating suffering for themselves or at least intensify the suffering when there were chances for making amends and living more happily.She also captures the conflicting ethics of the Pagan/Viking way of life to Chri [...]

    • Michelle says:

      With a theme not far from the one found in "Kristin Lavransdatter" I was surprised to find this just as engaging (and not nearly as time consuming!). Reading Sigrid Undset's works I return to my own life just a little more grateful, forgiving, and perhaps even loving. While you feel such pain for the characters locked into their (often) self-induced tragedies, you sometimes find hints of the same things in your own life. You realize you can't change their lives and choices, but you can change yo [...]

    • Erik Graff says:

      Sigrid Undset was introduced to me by Mother when I first visited her in Oslo. Her Kristen Lavransdatter trilogy was a revelation, both of medieval Norway and of domestic life and the lives of women during the period. Being in Norway at the time, I was able to visit many of the sites mentioned in the novels, the most impressive of which was the island nunnery in the Oslofjord, still known for its imported vegetation brought there by the sisters centuries ago.Gunnar's Daughter is set a couple of [...]

    • Odile says:

      This early novel by Sigrid Undset took me by surprise. Written in a terse pseudo-saga style, it harbours a traditional love-and-revenge-driven drama, subtly combined with a slightly more modern plot, and an essential role for the female protagonist of the story, Vigdis.Without wanting to spoil too much of the story, Vigdis and Ljot are two headstrong people from mediaeval Norway and Iceland, entangled in an affair of love and hate. While Ljot bears the original responsibility for their failed re [...]

    • Tom Johnson says:

      Twenty years ago I made it through the first 2 books of the Kristen Lavransdatter trilogy, as translated by Charles Archer - his is considered the lesser of the English translations but I loved his use of archaic English. Years later I found I could not read Nunnally's effort. Gunnar's Daughter is first-rate storytelling - short at 150 pages and told in a unique style - the translation by Arthur G. Chater is superb. I have struggled trying to grasp the Viking age, a hopeless task I know, this sm [...]

    • Sarah says:

      Gunnar's Daughter is Sigrid Undset's tale of a bunch of 11th Century vikings and one badass woman. Rape is used as a major plot device - our protagonist, Vigdis, is raped by a man she was considering marrying. The he says they should still get married, so she throws a rock at his head. This is the first of many awesome things Vigdis does. Her path isn't smooth and she doesn't live happily ever after, but it is very satisfying to see Vigdis living her life on her own terms. Undset's writing is cl [...]

    • Adam says:

      This early medieval novel by Sigrid Undset is a riveting, fast-paced read that combines some of the best features of the Scandinavian saga form and the modern historical novel. Taking place in the late Viking age, Gunnar’s Daughter is filled with blood and battle, romance and betrayal, heroism and revenge. An absolute delight for anyone who loves Tolkien, Beowulf, or the like.

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