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Text: English, Norwegian (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Cora Sandel was the author of the semi-autobiographical Alberta trilogy. She was awarded a State Pension for artists by Norway.
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  • Series: Alberta
  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0720611849
  • ISBN-13: 978-0720611847
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,275,873 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 22, 2001
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This is the quiet, intense story of an adolescent girl who struggles to gain autonomy in an oppressive family and narrow-minded town north of the arctic circle in Norway. The story (originally published in 1926) is set in the narrow confines of the bourgeoisie at the end of the nineteenth century, and the desperation of the main character, Alberte, is palpable. Cora Sandel (pseudonym for Sara Fabricius, 1880-1974) is considered to be one of the greatest Scandinavian novelists of the twentieth century, but is virtually unknown abroad. Despite the seriousness of the novel, it manages to delight most readers because of the brilliance of Sandel's prose. A must read for folks who love twentieth century women writers.
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I'm happy to see that the English translation of this book is in print again because when I was looking for it years ago, I had to buy a very old, second hand copy. It had been highly recommended to me by someone who'd read it in the original Norwegian and I enjoyed it a lot.
This is a book about the unease of being an adolescent girl in a small, isolated community and not being pretty, talented or charming enough to fit in or to have good prospects, whether of marriage or some sort of education.
This story is more about Alberta's perception of her situation, her struggle to handle disapproval from some and being ignored by others. It's not plot driven, so there are no big events, tragedies or fantastic challenges to overcome. The great challenge or struggle of the main character is with herself. She needs to develop strength of character to do what she needs to do to change her predicament.
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I've just re-read the "Alberta" trilogy, after a space of twenty years, and experienced their power and atmosphere all over again. Sometimes, reading a book in translation can be so off-putting, but these books must have been translated with exceptional skill from truly wonderful writing in the original Norwegian.

I felt Alberta's loneliness in this book down to my bones - her alienation from the other women in her life, her sense of greater closeness to the enigmatic male figures such as her father and brother.

I thoroughly recommend these books to anyone who likes good writing and strong female characters.
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