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The Brothers Lionheart [Hardcover]

Astrid Lindgren , Ilon Wikland , Jill M. Morgan
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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1 Mar 2004
Two brothers share thrilling adventures after their death, somewhere on the other side of the stars in Nangiyala, the land where sagas come from.

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  • Hardcover: 231 pages
  • Publisher: Purple House Press (1 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1930900244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1930900240
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 15.5 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,056,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Astrid Lindgren was born in 1907, and grew up at a farm called Näs in the south of Sweden. She began her writing career in 1944 after she won a children's book competition, with Pippi Longstocking published a year later.

She published more than one hundred books in her lifetime and is still the most popular children's author in Sweden. Her books have been translated into more than sixty languages, and she received numerous honours and awards.

Astrid Lindgren died in 2002.

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The greatest gift of an author is that their work should stay with the reader forever. This story will. (Amazon) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Heritage edition of a classic tale. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brothers Lionheart Lindgren 28 Feb 2003
By Maria
I first read about the Brother's Lionheart in a magazine from America called "Cricket and Company". It has had a special place in my heart since. I am a twin and although we both read the story of the two brothers we had no idea until much later that it had had such a profound effect on us both. When you are close to someone, the idea of losing them is unthinkable. For my twin and I this story brought us much comfort ( it still seems extraordinary that we never talked about it at the time). What a wonderful idea, a place where those you loved would be waiting for you, a place you had named, not heaven because heaven was invented by someone else.
The greatest gift of an author is that their work should stay with the reader forever. This story will.
It must be reprinted if only because everyone has someone they cannot bear to lose.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Favourite 17 July 2003
This book has had a special place in my heart ever since my mother read it to me when I was four or five years old. Since then I have read it again several times, through the eyes of a child, a preteen, a teenager, and, -most recently- as a person who has seen a lot. I enjoyed it thoroughly every time, still shivering at the thought of Katla the dragon, still weeping when the brothers first leave their mother for Nangiala, inspired anew by the reality of this fantastic story.
I recommend this book to everyone who still has some warmth left in their modern souls.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A life-enhancing modern myth 7 April 2006
By A Customer
I have a much loved and very battered copy of this book that was given to me as a child when my little brother died. I buried myself in its fantastic adventures and was gripped by its alternative ideas about what happens when you leave this world. I have looked for copies ever since to pass on to others as it was a life-affirming story that I will always be eternally grateful to have read at a time of desperate loneliness. I now have new copies of it in Italian and Swedish but can't afford to buy copies of my old English edition with its beautiful black and white line drawings. My advice is to get hold of any copy you can and let as many people as possible read it, there's nothing else like it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truely well written book 31 Mar 2009
By Gisli Jokull Gislason VINE VOICE
There are not many books I read more than once, as a father of 3 these are mostly childrens books. Of all of these no book has made me cry every time like this one does. It is in my opinion Astrid Lindgren's best book. It tells the story of two brothers that face a terrible evil, more so because it is evil like we know, bad people doing bad things. In ways resembling recent wars and tyrants.

It is a book ful of morals and lessons. They are not slapped into the readers face or overexplained but they are there and an innocent child can relate to them.

The lesson of the book is to do the right thing always, no matter the risk and several more lessons besides. I have yet to read the first 2 chapters and not cry.

It is the perfect childrens book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Brothers Lionheart 15 Aug 2002
By A Customer
This book is a masterpiece. It can be viewed in different ways depending on the age of the reader. Children will look at it as a nice bedtime story, but for adults it has a deeper meaning. It will pull you in to its magical world, leaving you astonished and hanging on for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Long time favourite 19 July 2005
By A Customer
I read this book years and years ago for the first time, and it is one of those books you can never forget and you will always come back to. The story about the 2 brothers, entering another world after they died and have to find out, that "paradise" is at a huge thread by an evil Lord.
They have to defend their and their friends freedom and lives. It is a story about bravery, friendship etc., just brilliantly written. Once you read this, you will be wondering why paople make such a huge hype about Harry Potter.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Magdala
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I just love this book since I have read it as a child till now. I am still coming back to it. While growing up one can see new dimensions of the story. Some claim the book is too difficult or scary for kids...well, have a look what they are watching now in TV, what kind of games they are playing, on which activities they participate and then tell me the book is too much for them ;-) This kind of literature can make people better. To make them think about better things in life. It shows them what is love, courage, friendship, hope, determination. Some people say the concept of death in this book is what makes it inappropriate for children. Not really. It is us who did hide death in our life, who are denying it. It is here and children need to know it to be able to cope in their life, to be able to walk with their eyes open and see things as their are. What do you think more educative? Your kid reading about somebody dying for a reason in a fictional book or your kid sitting in front of a playstation and "shooting" fictional enemies by his own hand? I want my kids to be human and appreciative of life. Thats why I will give them this book to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fairly good translation 31 May 2010
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The Brothers Lionheart is a very good book. As I am Swedish and also fluent in English, I have found that this English translation is quit good. As always with translations there will be words and/or expression which can not be translated directly and as such some of the finer details of the story are lost. However, after saying that, I must also say that in this book you do not loose much at all, in fact, even after having read the book in both languages I find that the story is so good you don't notice loosing anything at all. I highly recommend this book for both children and adults.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Over the moon with an old favourite
This book was a much loved story of my daughter's when she was young. She was thrilled to receive it as a gift as she had previously only had it on audio cassette. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jean Howe
5.0 out of 5 stars My all time childhood favourite. Is still a classic today
I loved this book (and the tv film) as a child and I am now reading it to my 7-year old godson. He is completely spellbound by this classic book by Astrid Lindgren and I am loving... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sascha Asvarischtsch
5.0 out of 5 stars A haunting tale.
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Published 6 months ago by J. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as I thought it could be!
Having been to the Astrid Lingren "Junibacken" author's gallery in Stockholm we were keen to buy this book from extracts we witnessed on the story train. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Ms. Nicola J. Page
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I bought this for my 10 year old daughter she loved it, she enjoyed reading it an said it was a great story! Recommended :)
Published 19 months ago by Pen Name
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, rotten translation
I have just finished reading this to my 9 year old kids who LOVED it so much that they feigned tiredness last night so that (they later admitted) it wouldn't end! Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2011 by MInster
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite children's book
Being danish and growing up in the 70's I read this book when it first came out..I must have been about 10. It made a huge impression on me then. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2011 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book, but it is sincere,
Love this book, but it is sincere, more for adults. A very untypical book for Astrid Lindgren, she obviously lost somebody
when she wrote it, it is lots about death, in a very... Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2011 by happydays
1.0 out of 5 stars dark and terrifying, think carefully before you give to a child
I was given a copy of this book at about 10 and it terrified me. The story starts with two boys dying in poverty in Victorian Sweden After death they arrive in a seeming paradise... Read more
Published on 30 Dec 2010 by David Weatherall
5.0 out of 5 stars The only book I have kept from my Childhood
This is the only book that I haave kept from my childhood as it enchanted me and I hoped one day I would be lucky enough to read it to my children. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2010 by Lizzie H
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