No matter how late it is, I have to read for at least a few minutes or else I can't go to sleep. It turns out Kristin Lavransdatter: The Bridal Wreath by Sigrid Undset was the wrong book to keep beside my bed, because I couldn't read for just a few minutes. I devoured this book, stopping only to check the title page several times, unable to believe that it hadn't been written in English.
That's the first marvel of this trilogy, written in the 1920's and set in Catholic medieval Norway: the incredibly fluid and evocative language. I'm reading the translation by Charles Archer and J. S. Scott, which preserves enough of the formal language of medieval times to give it flavor, without...READ MORE