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Title: Bell in the Lake, The
Authors: Mytting, Lars
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 400
Year: 2018
Language: English
Description: Astrid Hekne is a woman ahead of her time. The twenty-year-old yearns for more than the life destined for her in the isolated Norwegian village of Butangen. Potential deliverance arrives in the form of an ambitious young pastor Kai Schweigaard, as well as Gerhard Schonauer, the German architecture student Kai engages to assist with his plans for replacing the local stave church.

But in 1880s Norway, superstition and old beliefs are not easily dismissed and the church's mystical Sister Bells must be given credence.

Based on real people and local legends, this is a lyrical and atmospheric story pitting the old ways against the new.


Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"This novel is beautifully written and feels like a fable."

"The language is lyrical and the story is a delightful blend of folklore, the mores of the time and it's a cracking good story to boot."

"A clever and sensitive combination of fable, love story and unvarnished account of life in an unsophisticated rural community in mid-20th Century."

"Astrid is an appealing character - a woman ahead of her time."

"Another very good read by the author of "The Sixteen Trees of the Somme."

Categories: Fiction, Community, Family Saga, Grief/loss, Historical, Love story, Relationships, Religion, Translation, Norway, 2023 Titles - Coming Soon

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By: CROMW 005 2021-10-22 14:15:57
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3 of us loved it, and found it riveting. The rest found it boring, and couldn't get into it!

 
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