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Jenny by Sigrid Undset is a compelling and emotional story that follows the life of the protagonist, Jenny Winge. Set in Norway in the early 20th century, the novel explores themes of love, sacrifice, and the complexities of human relationships.

Undset's writing is beautifully descriptive and evocative, transporting the reader to the picturesque Norwegian countryside. The character development is expertly done, as Jenny's journey from a young, naive girl to a mature woman facing difficult choices is portrayed with sensitivity and depth.

The novel delves into the challenges faced by women in a patriarchal society, as Jenny grapples with societal expectations and her own desires for independence and fulfillment. The love story at the heart of the book is poignant and tragic, highlighting the sacrifices that must be made in the name of love.

Overall, Jenny is a poignant and thought-provoking novel that will resonate with readers long after they've finished the last page. Sigrid Undset's masterful storytelling and complex characters make this a must-read for fans of historical fiction and literary fiction alike.

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Jenny Winge is a Norwegian expatriate studying art in Rome, part of a Bohemian group of friends who explore the ancient City in an intoxicating passion for Beauty. Yearning for an immortal Love, she allows herself to fall into less-than-ideal romantic relationships and then has to struggle with all her might to recover her independence. Constantly resisting conformity, she demands absolute freedom for herself while always being tempted to fall back into the comfortable ruts of provincial domesticity. A profound psychological study of the social Outsider, the person who “sees through” the shallow façades of human social convention, this novel might also be seen as an early fictional exploration of the existentialist insistence on individual choice in all its terrifying responsibility. Nobel laureate Sigrid Undset, most famous for her later epic “Kristin Lavransdatter,” published this dark, remarkable, psychologically-dense novel in 1911, when the author was the same age as her protagonist and experiencing many of the same existential choices.

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