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Gösta Berling's Saga

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This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published February 11th 2009 by BiblioLife (first published 1891)
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Bettie☯
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Aubrey
The moon rose, and the loveliest time of night came.
The moon poured down her light from the pure blue
High arch of heaven over the leaves of the terrace.
At our feet a lily shivered in its urn;
And gold light rose from its chalice.
We had all come to sit on the stairs,
Both the old ones and young, silent
In order to let the emotions take up
The old tunes in the loveliest time of night.
I do not mourn for the stories told around the fire like those of previous generations do, for I was not the one who
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Issicratea
Nov 06, 2016 Issicratea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 1800-1900
I had literally never heard of Selma Lagerlöf, the first female winner of the Nobel Prize for literature (in 1909), before a Swedish friend recently recommended her to me. This may just be evidence of my personal ignorance, but I suspect she doesn’t have that much name recognition in the English-speaking world generally, despite the fact that many of her books have long been available in English translation (in the case of Gösta Berling's Saga, since 1894.)

Gösta Berling’s Saga was Lagerlöf’s deb
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Orient
Feb 01, 2016 Orient rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who would like to test themselves
Shelves: historical, awful
It was hard for me to judge the translation without knowing the book in the original. That's why I have to look at it as to any other book. And, what do I find:
1. effortlessly gloomy plot (some gothical spices to Scandinavia)
2. some black humour (hardly enough to change the situation to better)
3. mexican soap opera (Gosta, "the lord of love", the sinful former priest, wanders full of self-pity and gay (yep the biggest part of this book is overflooded with this word so beware, this word is infect
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Adam
Dec 22, 2010 Adam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of magical realism, fables & Victorian literature
Are the new caretakers of Ekeby twelve worthless drunks or twelve worthy, heroic figures fallen on hard times? By the novel's end, both possibilities seem true, and their leader is the most complicated of all the men--a young defrocked minister and lady's man named Gosta Berling. The men have made a contract with the devil in human form and have been granted the run of the Ekeby estate for a full year. Over the course of the year, Gosta experiences epic love no less than three times, and every m ...more
dely
Mar 03, 2017 dely rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, 0-sweden
I didn't enjoy that much this book. The beginning was interesting and I thought that the book would have talked about Gösta Berling, a disavowed priest, and his adventures. It talked about him, but the whole story wasn't flowing: every chapter was a kind of short story. I may say that the book is made by many episodes with several characters, all equalliy important though Gösta Berling is the "gravity center". So some chapters are dedicated to Gösta's friends and these chapters didn't add anythi ...more
Erin
Mar 02, 2008 Erin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
How Strikingly Beautiful He Was: A Review of Gosta Berling's Saga
The Varmland of Gosta Berling's Saga made me crave a word that would be in all ways synonymous with the word "exotic" except that the word I want would replace connotations of south tinged with oriental with connotations of north tinged with occidental. I'm not sure what exact location Western Culture can be given but it seems reasonable to posit that if it could be pinpointed Varmland would fall far enough north of there to quali
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Lene Fogelberg
Jul 10, 2015 Lene Fogelberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a young girl growing up in Sweden, I loved to read Nobel laureate Lagerlöf, and I was captivated with her ability to weave mysticism into her stories. She often let the reader determine the driving force behind her story, and this was long before paranormal literature became the huge genre it is today. I remember wishing I could write like that, and I believe she was the one who taught me to trust the reader and to let readers interpret the story in their own way.
Maud Lemieux
3.5 :) d'une écriture somptueuse, lagerlof imagine une légende aux multiples contes et revirements. j'ai beaucoup aimé l'aspect théâtral des descriptions et de l'entrée en matière de chaque chapitre. un gros creux au milieu dans le rythme des histoires m'a fait un peu décrocher, mais l'attachant gosta berling reprend davantage vie dans le dernier tiers du roman. belle découverte!
Linda
The book, written by Selma Lagerlöf, takes place in her beloved Värmland, in Sweden, in the 1820’s. The main character, Gösta Berling, a deposed priest, is saved from dying from hunger and cold by the Mistress of Ekeby. He then becomes one of the pensioners at the mansion.

The book, which is Selma Lagerlöf’s debut novel, was published in 1891. Selma Lagerlöf was a very famous Swedish author and the first woman who received the Nobel Prize in literature.

The book contains more romanticism than the
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Sverre
This book is a great work of art from many readers’ points of view. Probably it is, but one should probably be somewhat suspicious when a Swedish author received a Nobel Prize, awarded by a Swedish committee consisting of privileged academics. I grew up hearing about this book, and, coincidentally, my grandmother came from Värmland, the setting of the book. For decades I had ignored this work so its time had come—or so I thought. Well, as it turned out, I should have resisted longer.

This is not
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Siri Wohrne
OMG JAG HAR LÄST UT DEN!!!!! Ett tag tvivlade jag faktiskt att jag skulle orka läsa klart den år 2015, haha.. Men det gjorde jag faktiskt, och det känns väldigt skönt och bra :D Så vad tyckte jag egentligen om Gösta Berlings saga? Tja så mycket kan jag säga att det lätt är årets största läsutmaningsprestation!

För varje kapitel är det som en ny berättelse, om nya personer och deras liv och öden. Att hålla reda på alla är ganska svårt bara det, och att komma in i den något sega handlingen med ett
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Virtuella
Aug 20, 2014 Virtuella rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most charming and intriguing books that I've read in a long time. Not exactly a novel, rather a collection of (sometimes closely, sometimes loosely) linked short stories; I've never seen anything quite like it. I loved the ambivalence of it, floating between folk tale and family anecdote, and how sometimes a later story would throw a different light on something that was said earlier. I enjoyed how various characters took centre stage in turn and appeared later as minor players in som ...more
Ksenya
Feb 01, 2017 Ksenya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scandinavic, 2016, 2017
Книжка для дуууже повільного читання. Я цього відразу не знала, і підганяла себе, хоча все рівно вийшло на два місяці. А ви не підганяйте. Цією скандинавською романтичною естетикою треба насолоджуватись, та якомога довше розтягувати. Можна читати по одній притчі на ніч. І цього буде достатньо. Це книжка, яка вимагає, щоб у ній трішки пожили із цими геройсько-антигеройськими кавалерами, із Єстою, який робить дурниці та не лише, із його численними коханнями, із страшними ведмедями, та ідеальними з ...more
Laura
La Légende de Gösta Berling est le premier livre de Selma Lagerlöf, lauréate du prix Nobel de littérature en 1909.
Écrite en 1891, La Légende de Gösta Berling est une épopée fantastique où se retrouve déjà tous les ingrédients qui ont fait le succès du Merveilleux Voyage de Nils Holgersson : mythes, nature, romantisme.

« Enfin, voilà le pasteur en chaire… Les paroissiens relevèrent la tête. Ah, ah, le voilà pourtant ! Il y aurait donc un service aujourd’hui : ce ne serait pas comme dimanche dernie
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A. J. McMahon
Nov 05, 2015 A. J. McMahon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author won the Nobel Prize for Literature for this novel, so maybe it reads better in the original Swedish, or it might be that I just couldn't get into the cultural mind-set of late nineteenth century Sweden, but I came to greatly dislike this book long before I managed to get to the end of it. The book begins with Gosta Berling being defrocked as a minister due to him being a drunkard. The book continues with a succession of chapters, which constitute more a series of short stories than th ...more
Susan
Aug 29, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Selma Lagerlof was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature so I have always been curious about her work but had never given it the time it deserved. The Saga of Gosta Berling one of her most well known works is an unexpected surprise-a series of morality tales with a heavy dose of magic realism.

The reader follows Gosta Berling a defrocked Minister-he leaves due to his requiring alcohol to avoid the poverty and starkness of his position to being saved by the Majoress and becoming on
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Aldo Marchioni
Jun 09, 2015 Aldo Marchioni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first, I had an impression of a book for children, written in a childish style. My impression was, if I had grandchildren, I could read this book at bedtime.
However, as the reading was progressing, maybe I was getting used to the style, maybe the subject of the tales that, put together, make the novel, were growing more "adult", I felt in love whit this book.
All the time it is in somewhere between reality, fantasy, magic, fairy tale ...
Some hundred years later, somebody invented the expressi
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Andrei Turcu
Feb 20, 2014 Andrei Turcu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I am new to this author, motivated by her Nobel prize won. I had high expectations on this novel and they were met from the first pages. I admit it was harder to understand that it is a fictional book with a fictional story (what am I talking... most books are fictional). This author really has a strong imagination! The novel can be regarded as well as a collection of short stories connected between them. It is also hard to fit this work into a certain genre, it has romance, fantasy, magic even ...more
Milena Stoyanova
I just closed the final page of this book.
I began reading Saga of Gösta Berling, because it is one of my mother's most favourite books.
I have never read such a story, written so beautifully,every word is blossoming in your mind and you see the landscapes, you feel the the cold harsh winter, the warmth of Midsumer, you hear the roaring waves, the hammering, the sleigh bells..You suffer along side with the characters on their jounrey.After every chapter, I had to stop for a while and reflect of wh
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Jonas
Selma Lagerlöf flätar samman en massa gamla sägner och berättelser till en saga utan dess like. Ingen som läser detta kan göra det oberörd.
Shay
Jan 07, 2016 Shay rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The vignettes are interesting, but the book suffers from a dull translation, making it hard to read get into.
Manny

Larger-than-life Swedish epic, with some great images. Not sure how well her beautiful poetic Swedish translates though - maybe this is why the book is virtually unknown in English.
Lina Söderberg
Jan 09, 2015 Lina Söderberg rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Orkar inte ens läsa klart. Så himla tråkig.
lukk
Apr 27, 2013 lukk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Я пала ниц пред Лагерлёф, которой удалось завлечь меня в сети истории об отрешенном пастыре аж на три недели. Я отчаянно петляла среди имен, родственных связей и поместий, но кто говорил, что будет просто? Религия сквозит в повествовании, а в конце у героя так вообще наступает что-то вроде катарсиса, он нашел свой путь и все такое. А ведь так все заманчиво начиналось!

Жил-был Йёста Берлинг, такой весь из себя нерадивый пастор-алкаш, которого отрешили от сана, после чего он стал кавалером при майо
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Jordan
Dec 28, 2016 Jordan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I can't find the quote right now, but Strindberg said of Lagerlöf something like, "I hate her fairy stories." Me too, August. Me too. Too romantic and whimsical to be enjoyable. Pulp.
Tuhkatriin
Feb 19, 2016 Tuhkatriin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lemmikud
Oleksin võinud "Gösta Berlingi saaga" ikka varem kätte võtta küll (raamatuid, mille kohta võiksin sama väita, on muidugi terve müriaad), arvanuksin ma ainult, et see nii hea on. Kuid mul oli Gösta raamatust tekkinud millegipärast moondunud eelarvamuslik kujutelm: miskid joodikud-vanamehed, küllap mingi külajant, kaugel sealt vanade eesti kirjanike stiilgi on, Koidula näidendid näiteks ja muu taoline jamps. Eksisin täielikult.
"Gösta Berlingi saaga" oli täiesti lummav, suuremas osas vähemalt. Kuna
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Thom Swennes
I started this book with high expectations. Maybe I set the bar a little too high as it seems like I was missing things and was continually re-reading passages to clear away the fog of confusion. The Swedish novel The Story of Gösta Berling’s Saga was first published in 1891 and its author Selma Langerlöf was the first female winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1909. I thought Margarita Samzelius was a bit naïve and too good for her husband. I felt sorry for Marienne Sinclaire and Countes ...more
Bob
Feb 23, 2015 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently being Swedish and not having heard of Selma Lagerlöf would be like not having heard of Charles Dickens in the anglophone world but she remains a bit less known over here.

This novel, her first, was written in the late 19th century and set in the early 19th in the region of Värmland, during its brief era of prosperity as a source of iron ore. Lagerlöf writes in a rather "fantastic" style somewhat at odds with the sometimes grim naturalism of the period (Zola et al. in France, Hamsun in
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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.

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“Have you ever seen a child sitting on its mother’s knee listening to fairy stories? As long as the child is told of cruel giants and of the terrible suffering of beautiful princesses, it holds its head up and its eyes open; but if the mother begins to speak of happiness and sunshine, the little one closes its eyes and falls asleep with its head against her breast. . . . I am a child like that, too. Others may like stories of flowers and sunshine; but I choose the dark nights and sad destinies.” 34 likes
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