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Jerusalem (Jerusalem #1-2)

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  592 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Selma Lagerlof was the first woman and the first Swedish author to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1909. JERUSALEM was written following her trip to Egypt and Palestine in the winter of 1900; the book was inspired by an actual historic event -- a religious pilgrimage of 25 adults and children from Chicago. "JERUSALEM begins with the history of a wealthy and po ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published 2006 by Aegypan (first published 1901)
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Hadrian
Feb 06, 2015 Hadrian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lagerlöf is clearly a talented writer, and it took far too long to find and read something of hers.

Jerusalem is a generational story of village life and an investigation into the roles of religion. She takes into account the many parts of religion: how it is a form of social connection, a way of explaining the world, and a way for people to form new movements and cast aside material values. She has a keen eye for human behavior, and I was impressed by her depictions in a direct style.

I'm still
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Manny

Moving, perceptive book about religious mania, full of both intellectual and emotional intelligence. The author, who was herself deeply religious, does an excellent job of telling the story without judging the main characters.

Extremely relevant to the world today - it's a shame this book isn't better known. The film is also outstanding, and equally unknown outside Sweden.
Rebecca
Nov 28, 2016 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En klassiker skriven av en av sveriges mest kända författarinnor. Boken handlar om en grupp bönder i Dalarna som beslutar sig för att åka på välfärd till Jerusalem där de stöter på problem som endast Herren själv kan hjälpa dem med. Boken speglar ett samhälle för lite mer än 100 år sen men som man ändå väldigt enkelt kan dra kopplingar mellan till idag. Riktigt bra berättelse som får en att reflektera om än det ena och än det andra.
Laura
Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

This is not my cup of tea. Or I am not in the right mood to read it, who knows?
Bjorn
Apr 25, 2013 Bjorn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sweden
On the same day that he arrives in the holy land after never before even setting foot outside his own village, a middle-aged pilgrim comes down with a fever that proves to be fatal. Dying, he asks his companions to carry him into Jerusalem so he can at least see God's city first-hand. As they carry him through a noisy, stinky, crowded city full of people of three different faiths going about their regular business, they point out the landmarks to him: this is where the last supper was held, this ...more
Tanja Berg
Selma Lagerlöf was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature. " The Wonderful Adventures of Nils" was a much beloved story when I was little and I even returned to it as an adult. Despite this, and despite having read and liked other works by the same author, I was surprised at how modern and relevant this book was.

It's a story about a Swedish community that get invaded by a religious sect. That's basically what happened, although it is subtly told. It's the story about people who lef
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Parikhit
‘Jerusalem’ was my first book authored by Selma Lagerlof, an authoress I am certain I would have never read and a chance encounter made this possible. With a splendid description and an equally splendid narration, Selma Lagerlof left me both amazed and shocked with ‘Jerusalem’.

‘Jerusalem’ narrates the simple but gargantuan story of changing dogmas and faith in a village tucked away in the lush green highlands of Sweden. It spans over two generations and faith is what Selma Lagerlof has expounde
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Emelie
I find the book a little bit to lengthy. Really long bits that is just descriptive and adds nothing to the story, but gives flesh to the characters. I've mixed feelings about it. The language is beautiful, the narration and descriptions lovely, so I hated it, even if I loved it.

Well build characters.

It was a bit scary to see how fanatic they were, specially in the beginning. Interesting note she made that it was the Christians in Jerusalem that fought each other, not Christians against Jews and
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Abby
Feb 11, 2012 Abby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
An unexpectedly fun read. Nice ending, with not everything wrapped up neatly, but also not leaving the reader feeling a sequel is needed. I would now like to read more of her books, and I see why she won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her description of the life of 'ordinary' people is well done without being sentimental, or too verbose or academic.
Joseph Sverker
På många sätt en fantastisk bok. Hon är otrolig på att skildra livsödena. Jag har ingen aning om hur mycket som grundar sig på verkliga händelser, men jag blir väldigt nyfiken att ta reda på mer. Jag vet inte heller om Lagerlöf var nere i Jerusalem, men miljöbeskrivningar och förståelsen för landet är mycket detaljrika och målande. Mycket läsvärd.
Michael Bafford
Jan 17, 2015 Michael Bafford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michael by: Mona
This is a great book. it has depth but also an interesting finish which kept me riveted. What begins as episodes from the lives of farm folk in a parish in the back country of north central Sweden moves outward to Palestine, to a totally different milieu, braiding together seeming unrelated people and events until we return to Dalarna and it all comes together. Ok, that's mostly bullshit, but nevertheless true.

What I missed was a genealogy, although most characters were clear and their relation
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Sara
First, before I begin my review, I just want to remark how strange it is that the only thing I remembered about "Jerusalem" before I started reading the novel was that it was about Swedish farmers that travel to Jerusalem, and that one of the main characters was a young girl. It's strange, because the movie, by Billie August, is one of my mother's favorites and I have seen parts of it multiple times during my childhood... plus I'm kind of certain that we watched the movie during our Swedish clas ...more
Jack
Apr 19, 2016 Jack rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lite mycket Gud va? Annars är den intressant och rolig och fin och skildrar mycket fint människors livsöden från bara i några rader för nån bifigur till Ingmar själv. Lite seg kanske men ändå spännande med Jerusalemsskildringen. Men är det inte lite väl mansdominerat också? Eller alltså varför är guds plan att alla runtom ska vara brickor i Ingmarssönernas spel?!

"Där bodde ett dåligt folk, sådant där utskum, som tillverkas, då Vår Herre vänder bort ögonen eller är sysselsatt på annat håll."

"Det,
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Maria Elmvang
I was very pleasantly surprised by this one. I'd heard a lot about it, mostly people saying that it was boring and long-winded, so I was a bit apprehensive when we had to read it for book club. It ended up not being boring at all though, and I really enjoyed it :-) It's about a group of Swedish farmers, who decide to move to Jerusalem to help the poor there. I think it takes place in 18-something if I recall correctly. Interesting book. It did have a rather amusing quote though - ended up being ...more
Sarah
Dec 05, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel-prize
A beautiful story about love and belonging, spanning two generations of farmers in 19th century Sweden.
Beka Sukhitashvili
Feb 05, 2011 Beka Sukhitashvili rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: swedish
წიგნი, სადაც კარგადაა ნაჩვენები, თუ როგორ ქმნიან ადამიანები საკუთარ ბედს თავად. "ღმერთმა ასე ინება", "ეს ამიტომ მოხდა", ფიქრობენ სელმას გმირები და თავად ქმნიან ცხოვრების ბორბალს.
"ზოგჯერ ისე ხდება, რომ ადამიანები თავისი უბედურებით ხარობენ და ბედნიერებით იტანჯებიან", ეს სელმას გმირების მეორე განაჩენია.
ხოლო მესამე განაჩენი ისაა, რამდენად ჩვეულებრივ ადამიანებად იქცევიან ხოლმე ისინი ყოფაში, ყოველივე რელიგიის, მორალის თუ საზოგადოებრივი ნორმის გარეშე.
როგორ უნდა დაიცვა ამ ორ ურთიერთსაწინააღმდეგო ყოფიერ
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Natalie
Apr 29, 2012 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is very original. It often veers in unexpected directions. It challenged me when I did not expect to be challenged. It clearly illustrates the many strings that are pulling on all of us, making us act as we do. It illustrates how our own strings get intertwined with others' strings, and a real mess results! But it also shows how the mess can become untangled, sort of. It is beautiful and funny.
Eva
Jan 26, 2010 Eva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a book about a whole Swedish town in the 18th century, where almost everyone living there left their homes in Sweden for the promise land in Jerusalem.
As they were soon to notice, thing's weren't what they had hoped for.

This book is heartbreaking, to say it least, but when the crops in Sweden died, they had nowhere to go. It shows us what people can do out of desperation. And how strong the urge to live and survive is.
Chris
Mar 01, 2013 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read the e-book version of this from Amazon and I have to think that it was only "part 1" of a longer work. (view spoiler) In that sense, it was only okay. The characters and setting were well-drawn but nothing much seemed to happen.
Sonia
Mar 28, 2015 Sonia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Selma's great talent is showing fully in this compelling story. Every description has its place and meaning and in spite of the length and theme, this is a truly "unputdownable" novel. The historical setting is meticulously accurate and this makes it an interesting read. Her empathy for the characters and her lyrical prose are a joy to read.
Sara
Nov 02, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5: An older book about a well-established Danish farming community that's upended by a religious pot-stirrer who convinces half the community to emigrate to Jerusalem. Based on a true event. A good story for our times showing the disruption and destruction that religious fundamentalism can cause.
Joseph Sverker
På många sätt en fantastisk bok. Hon är otrolig på att skildra livsödena. Jag har ingen aning om hur mycket som grundar sig på verkliga händelser, men jag blir väldigt nyfiken att ta reda på mer. Jag vet inte heller om Lagerlöf var nere i Jerusalem, men miljöbeskrivningar och förståelsen för landet är mycket detaljrika och målande. Mycket läsvärd.
Ruben
Jun 24, 2015 Ruben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The way its written and the speed of the plot make this book completely contemporary.
Even more interesting if you consider that the whole thing is based on a true story.
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Mattson
Jun 25, 2015 Mattson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those very few cases when the movie is better than the book. But still, a really good book.


"Inte kan det vara vackrare i backarna i Jerusalem, än här".
Susan Barron
Different

Enjoy her writing style but somehow I missed the point of this story. I Enjoyed other works of hers more.
Val
Oct 20, 2014 Val rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The country folk of Dalecardia in Sweden go about their daily lives and try to follow the will of God. Two generations of Ingmar Ingmarssons rely mainly on the faith and tradition of previous Ingmar Ingmarssons, others are more swayed by the latest preacher in the village. People fall in love, make mistakes, get married, try not to gossip about their neighbours, make money or lose it, have arguments, hurt each others feelings, become reconciled or not and generally live their lives.
This is a gen
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Ingewemme
Jan 23, 2010 Ingewemme rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite-books
Jerusalem is a book, that often enters my mind. I recall a certain feeling every time I pick it up. It drew me in! In a small town in Sweden, a Christian sect evolves. It destroys relationships and families in the town.
The story takes us from the wild nature of Sweden to the dryness and warmth of Jerusalem, and all the way through the book, you find yourself intoxicated by Selma's great writing.
Lenka Petkova
Nov 05, 2015 Lenka Petkova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Strange, when you ask anyone's advice you see yourself what is right. Even while you are asking, you discover all at once what you hadn't been able to find out in three whole years."
Chirris
Mar 12, 2009 Chirris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La historia en sí llega a ser un poco desesperante, pero debería ser usado en clases de redacción. Además la traducción es exacta.
Ecce Homo
Ecce Homo rated it it was amazing
May 17, 2015
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Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf was a Swedish author. In 1909 she became the first woman to ever receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, "in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination and spiritual perception that characterize her writings". She later also became the first female member of the Swedish Academy.

Born in the forested countryside of Sweden she was told many of the classic Swed
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