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The Saga of Gosta Berling (Penguin Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Selma Lagerlof , George C. Schoolfield , Paul Norlen

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Among [women novelists] of great talent or genius, none, in my opinion, is to be placed higher than Selma Lagerlof. (Marguerite Yourcenar )

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Among [women novelists] of great talent or genius, none, in my opinion, is to be placed higher than Selma Lagerlof. -- Marguerite Yourcenar

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 624 KB
  • Print Length: 434 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0143105906
  • Publisher: Penguin Classic; Original edition (29 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002N83HFM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #277,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Saga of Gosta Berling 18 Oct 2012
By Anna - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book on a whim, since I had grown up reading the author's children's stories, and I wasn't sure what to expect. This translation of the book captures the author's distinctive, charming style which immerses the reader in the wild, dark, and harsh landscapes of Sweden and the lives of its inhabitants. Having said that, Mr. Berling seems to be a one of the least likeable eponymous characters I've yet encountered. He's definitely interesting and well-developed, but I found it very hard to empathize with him when things did not go as planned for him; at times he just seemed so thoughtlessly evil and self-absorbed that I wanted him to come to a miserable end. However, the female characters in the novel definitely made up for Gosta's shortcomings and this book appears to have a definite feminist overtone. There are numerous powerful and yet long-suffering female characters that seem to provide support as well as restraint for the inconstant, bellicose, and often quite simply foolish male figures. It is an entertaining but thought-provoking tale that examines all aspects of human character, from the base to the noble, a story of love, betrayal, and redemption.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is Poetry 11 Oct 2013
By Judith Abujaber - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This Book is Poetry, I feel the translation was excellent. The charactor developement,was exquisit, people grew and matured during their lives, while keeping the basic integrity of their personality. A perspective which shows the intricate shading of the human heart. This is a book the unites us all with humanity.
5.0 out of 5 stars a different kind of novel 28 Mar 2014
By D. Wolitzer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Gosta Berling is an amazing and truly beautiful novel, full of the spirit of another time and place. It's unlike anything I've read before.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you love Swedes... 17 Nov 2013
By Bookish - Published on Amazon.com
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A deep and lyrical look at Sweden in the 1880s - the magic, brutality, passion, and hard living that these stories describe are still with me. Crazy good.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful to have a new transation 17 Feb 2013
By Hans Ostrom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
How splendid to have a new splendid translation (by Paul Norlen) of this classic. A long time coming, and most welcome.
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