You learn heaps about the traditions, folklore and culture in Norway at that time and there is a very interesting love triangle between the newly arrived pastor Kai, a local woman Astrid and a German architect Gerhard who comes to the village to draw and document the old church that is being removed and relocated to Dresden, Germany. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction. A young peasant girl, Astrid catches his eye. Unable to add item to List. A young peasant girl, Astrid catches his eye. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. Buy The Bell in the Lake: The Sister Bells Trilogy Vol. To order a copy go to guardianbookshop.com. Something went wrong. "Each farm was a self-sufficient kingdom...grand folk and humble folk never mixed, generation after generation kept to the same farms..." "When Christianity came to Norway, the Butangen folk built an elaborate Stave Church, a masterpiece in ore-pine with ornate carvings, dragon heads and a proud spire...the carpenters worked very hard to please all the gods just in case Odin and Tor were still active". 4.5 stars. Conditions apply. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness. She finds that she must make a choice: for her homeland and the pastor, or for an uncertain future in Germany. Set in Norway in 1880. Maybe it was the translation to blame that the reading didn't go as swiftly as it did with another Norwegian author. Inspired by that story and by the real-life move of a stave church from Norway to what is now Poland, he embarked on a trilogy in which history and myth mingle to determine the future of an isolated village. . German architect, Gerhard is sent to the town to supervise the old church's deconstruction. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Life is hard in the village, due to the tremendous cold and difficulty in farming the high-up land, but for most of the villagers this daily struggle is so routine that they are too fatigued to wish for anything else. An amazing tale told through beautiful characters. The Bell in the Lake begins with a short chapter recounting the origin of a pair of bells -- the 'Sister Bells' (so also the Norwegian title of the novel) -- that ring for centuries in a church deep in rural Norway, in Butangen. The Bell in the Lake is based on local myths and real people, and you can sense the hours spent by the author sleuthing through old church records for material. Thenoastor has his eye on her too. Approved third parties also use these tools in connection with our display of ads. I had been going to Shetland but Covid intervened. “Something good was waiting for her somewhere in the world. Welcome back. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. . However, very little has changed in Butangen, or ever seems likely to. Strongly recommended if you like historical fiction. Click and Collect from your local Waterstones or get FREE UK delivery on orders over £25. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. And then a stranger arrives from Dresden, with grand plans for the church itself. But destroying a church that has been in the village for so long and which is inextricably linked with the inhabitants’ beliefs is fraught with difficulty. Apparently this is the first of a translated trilogy by Norwegian author, Lars Mytting, yet this marvellous historical novel already feels epic in scope, richly descriptive and so detailed when it comes to the Stave churches and their history. However, Mytting’s prose never collapses under the weight of his considerable research; he has seamlessly absorbed dialect words and phrases into his own vocabulary. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 October 2020. 1: The Times Historical Fiction Book of the Month by Mytting, Lars, Dawkin, Deborah from Amazon's Fiction Books Store. The lake has frozen, and for months the ground is too hard to bury the dead. Not so Astrid Hekne, a spirited young girl who dreams of ‘more’, but isn’t sure how to get what she dreams of: travelling beyond her small village, and most of all avoiding the fate of all young women there: becoming a wife and bearing children to carry on the burdensome toil of farming. The novel opens in 1880 in the Norwegian village of Butangen, where young and ambitious Kai Schweigaard has just been appointed pastor. Many thanks to Netgalley for an arc of this book. The new pastor, Kai Schweigaard, wants a new church for his community and to raise the necessary money he decides to sell the old stave church to Germany for re-erection in Dresden. The Hekne farmstead was one of the earliest settlements in Butangen. Buy this product and stream 90 days of Amazon Music Unlimited for free. situation. The two bells in the tower were forged by Astrid's forefather in the sixteenth century, in memory of conjoined twins Halfrid and Gunhild Hekne. The impact of the outside world on this isolated community is portrayed with empathy and insight not least when describing Astrid’s trajectory as she gets glimpses of a new life that just might be possible for her. A young headstrong woman, Astrid Hekne, feels a deep inner urge to see and experience life and knowledge beyond her tiny remote village of Butangen as she turns down local suitors for her hand. Much of the local detail is inevitably lost in English, but translator Deborah Dawkin has gone to great lengths to create an equivalent of the rural vernacular, and the result adds wonderful texture to the translation. Both a mixture of legend , family history and description of their settings. Lars Mytting, a novelist and journalist, was born in Favang, Norway, in 1968. The Bell in the Lake - Lars Mytting. This Norwegian translation is a heartrending tale of love and grief set in the atmospheric yet secluded mountains, where a remote Norwegian town sleeps and gets on with its business, impervious to most of the goings on of the rest of the world, and still steeped in old Norse mythology, superstition, and handed-down legend. This novel begins with a dark undertone, and a sense of foreboding, building suspense and mystery. “The village was twenty years behind its neighbouring villages, which were thirty years behind Norway’s towns and cities, which were fifty years behind the rest of Europe.” That tension between old and new, change and tradition forms the heart of the novel. The complete review's Review: . 1: The Times Historical Fiction Book of the Month, Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK, Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost, Dispatch to this address when you check out. On their death, their father commissioned the production of two bells for the local stave church. Lars Mytting is a captivating storyteller. I was worried this fine historical novel would descend into a predictable soap opera. Apparently this is the first of a translated trilogy by Norwegian author, Lars Mytting, yet this marvellous historical novel already feels epic in scope, richly descriptive and so detailed when it comes to the Stave churches and their history. . Please try again. Buy a discounted Paperback of The Bell in the Lake online from Australia's leading online bookstore. Well-paced, well-written and well-crafted, this lyrical and atmospheric tale of life in a small farming community in rural Norway in the 1880s is a real delight. But Astrid has more than one admirer. If you are unfamiliar with stave churches of Norway, go Google right away. Delighted to discover another novel had been translated into English. Astrid Hekne dreams of a life beyond all this, beyond marriage, children, and working the land to the end of her days. I am already looking forward to continuing the story. Knowing what I know, I am surprised that I was drawn to this piece of fiction. a beautiful example of modern Norwegian folklore" GUARDIANTranslated from the Norwegian by Deborah Dawkin. 4.5 stars. German architect, Gerhard is sent to the town to supervise the old church's deconstruction. The Bell in the Lake: The Sister Bells Trilogy Vol. Lars Mytting, a novelist and journalist, was born in Fåvang, Norway, in 1968.

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