The Thrall's Tale

by Judith Lindbergh | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9780670034642 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingNancyNovawing of Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on 12/17/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by wingNancyNovawing from Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on Thursday, December 17, 2009
from Dan at Work

Journal Entry 2 by wingNancyNovawing at Lansdale, Pennsylvania USA on Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Fabulous book that took the author 10 years to research before writing. It follows primarily three women in the settlement of the Norse in Greenland: a slave (thrall) Katla, who is raped and brutalized, Thorbjorg, the seeress in the old religious ways, who takes Katla into her household and heals her wounds, but not her heart, and Katla's daughter of the rape: Bibrau - who Thorbjorg treats as a foster daughter since Katla hates the sight of her - but instead of learning just the healing ways, she has her father's evil blood in her and turns things to hate and destruction. Fascinating time with the limited colonization of the Norse in Greenland in 1000 AD, and the impact of Christianity on their household stability.

Journal Entry 3 by wingNancyNovawing at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Released 9 yrs ago (9/6/2011 UTC) at Edmonton, Alberta Canada

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A Wishlist book. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 4 by lauraloo29 at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I love wishlist books! Thank you!

Journal Entry 5 by lauraloo29 at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Friday, August 24, 2018
Sad to say, I can't seem to get into this book. I will look for a new home for it.

Journal Entry 6 by lauraloo29 at Edmonton, Alberta Canada on Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Released 2 yrs ago (12/20/2018 UTC) at Edmonton, Alberta Canada

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Sending as a RABCK to Moriquen. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 7 by wingMoriquenwing at Broechem, Antwerpen / Anvers Belgium on Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Hurray, how lovely to find this book on my doorstep today! I'm stuck at home sick and this rabck has definately brightened my day considerably. (Downside being that brightness makes my eyes tear up ...) ;-)
Thanks for sending it my way, lauraloo. It is going on my Mount TBR for now, but I'll get to it eventually and let it travel forward.

Journal Entry 8 by wingMoriquenwing at Broechem, Antwerpen / Anvers Belgium on Friday, April 24, 2020
Allright, this book is something completely different. And although I really liked it, it is anything but an easy book to read.
The truth is that this book is difficult to read mainly because of the language, I think. The author chose to use very archaïc language and she follows someone's train of thought for quite a while, which can be quite tiring to read.
That being said I was so happy to read a book with such detail and historic 'colour' that, for once, didn't focus on the brutality of the Viking battles, but the simple brutality of every day life on Greenland and Iceland, that I really loved it. A tale about the small people working and toiling just to stay alive, barely understanding the world around them. You can just feel the amount of work that has gone into investigating the time and culture. And as a history lover with a weak spot for the Norse, this is quite enthralling.
The characters themselves are difficult as well. Not easy people to love. The Seeress is perhaps the most loveable person in the book. Katla is a tricky character and although so much hardship befalls her, it is sometimes still difficult to even like her. And Bibrau, well ... no.
As I said, not an easy book. Well worth the trouble, but troublesome it will be.
Thanks for sending it my way, lauraloo29. It will tmake sure it travels on!

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