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The Saga of Gosta Berling
The Saga of Gosta Berling | Selma Lagerlof
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One hundred years ago, Selma Lagerlf became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. She assured her place in Swedish letters with this sweeping historical epic, her first and best-loved novel, and the basis for the 1924 silent film of the same name that launched Greta Garbo to stardom. Set in 1820s Sweden, it tells the story of a defrocked minister named Gsta Berling. After his appetite for alcohol and previous indiscretions end his career, Berling finds a home at Ekeby, an ironworks estate owned by Margareta Celsing, the "Majoress," that also houses and assortment of eccentric veterans of the Napoleanic Wars. Berling's defiant and poetic spirit proves magnetic to a string of women, who fall under his spell against the backdrop of political intrigue at Margareta's estate and the magnificent wintry beauty of rural Sweden. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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rwmg
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Panpan

Gosta Berling is a pastor unfrocked because of his drunkenness but taken in by a major's wife to join a group of pensioned veterans she supports. They take over her property and business for a year, believing she is in league with the devil.

Either the book was soporific or I was too tired to appreciate it properly, but it was a struggle to get through, and I really can't see what makes the author deserving of a Nobel prize for literature.

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rwmg
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Andrew65 Have a good weekend of reading. 1mo
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rwmg
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"At long last the minister stood in the pulpit."

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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wanderlustforwords
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I‘ve been moseying my way through a book of shorts that are written by some of the first Nobel Prize winners. I‘ve discovered some great authors, one of which is Selma Lagerlof, the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize of letters. After reading her short I decided to check out the novel that won her the prize. I‘m not going to lie, it‘s not an easy read and I question the reliability of the translation. The jury is still out.

BarbaraBB It is just a bit too long I think, although I also read a translation. 4y
wanderlustforwords @BarbaraBB It is! Most of the book is anticlimactic and slow paced. It‘s intense so I‘ve set it down for a bit and I‘ve picked up a nice light Monica Dickens story. 4y
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Liz_M
The Saga of Gosta Berling | Selma Lagerlof
Mehso-so

I still do not know what to make of this novel. The whole thing had a dreamy, unreal quality which left me with some vivid impressions, but little memory of the plot.
#1001books

rabbitprincess That's good to know! It is on my list of potential reads this year. 5y
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naturalog
Saga of Gosta Berling | Selma Lagerlof

"But these three--the long lake, the fertile plain, and the blue hills--formed one of the loveliest landscapes, and still do, just as today the people are still vigorous, courageous, and talented."

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BarbaraBB
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Mehso-so

Gosta Berling is one of the cavaliers who form the central point of a Swedish community. Although not overwhelmed, I do think the story in the end made a complete whole (I am afraid this is not correct English, tI hope you'll know what I mean) about good and evil, about human values and friendship, all united in and around Gosta Berling. Moreover, the book gives a wonderful description of this part of Sweden. #1001books

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rabbitprincess
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On my list for this year as part of an awards reading challenge. I bought this at Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath as part of a book spa 😎
#aprilbookshowers day 7: women in translation

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reader_of_the_pack
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In der dunklen Jahreszeit werden Klassiker gelesen. Die Ausgabe dee Anderen Bibliothek ist da gerade recht. Der Anfang ist schon recht vielversprechend!

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MyBookLife
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Pickpick

Selma Lagerlöf is huge here in Sweden, everybody knows who she is and Gösta Berlings saga is a classic. The first sentence is well known here, a classic in itself :) She was the first woman to win the Nobel prize. How cool is that!? I love her writing, it is really beautiful ❤️ Have you read her?

Simona @MyBookLife It's huge...in my TBR 😀 6y
BestOfFates I'm embarrassed to admit I'd never heard of her! Putting it on my tbr list now! 6y
[DELETED] 519283436 I gotta read this! 6y
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Tammygrrrl I went on a huge Scandinavia mystery kick last year. It was amazing. I love Sigrid Undset too. I'll check this out! 6y
MyBookLife @BestOfFates Don't be! Just read her 😊❤️ 6y
MyBookLife @Tammygrrrl I haven't read Undset yet. Bad, bad me!! Pst, what is a mystery kick? 6y
BestOfFates @MyBookLife So I belong to 5 libraries (I know, I'm excessive!) and not a single one has one of her books! Clearly I need to dig deeper! 6y
MyBookLife @BestOfFates Wow, seriously!?? I mean, she is a nobel prize winner after all. I thought all libraries had them!? Dig deeper! She's worth it ❤️ 6y
BestOfFates @MyBookLife Right? In searching I found her Wikipedia page and she was the first woman to win the Nobel for literature! This is clearly a travesty. 6y
MyBookLife @BestOfFates I know, I wrote that in my review 😆 In five libraries.. My worldview is shattered 😥 6y
BestOfFates @MyBookLife haha, I'd totally forgotten by the time I was looking online! & it's not even online with project Gutenberg! (At least, not in English!) But I have found an audio recording through LibriVox, so will check that out! 6y
MyBookLife @BestOfFates That is so weird!! Please let me know your thoughts after listening! 6y
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