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The Saga of Gosta Berling (Penguin Classics) Paperback – September 29, 2009
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"At long last we have available to us a viable translation of one of the truly great works of Swedish literature sure to attract attention again to one of the region's most significant authors and works." —Scandinavian Studies
"Among [women novelists] of great talent or genius, none, in my opinion, is to be placed higher than Selma Lagerlof." —Marguerite Yourcenar
"Every book of this great storyteller keeps on bringing us astonishing examples of her art. . . . No one in Europe can tell tales so unforgettably." —Hermann Hesse
“Splendid . . . A fascinating peek into 19th century Sweden, and . . . a cracking good read.” —Belletrista
About the Author
Paul Norlen was awarded the American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prize in 2004. He lives in Seattle.
George C. Schoolfield is professor emeritus of German and Scandinavian literature at Yale.
Top Customer Reviews
This is not a novel. I was put off by the chopped-up texture of its presentation. ‘Gösta Berling’ is a work consisting of artful meanderings. Lagerlöf was a literary conjurer. She had great skill with forming phrases and sentences that enchant and charm the reader. And she often goes off-topic to add incidentals. Considerable time is taken to inform the reader about flora and fauna, local customs and the social dynamics of Värmland. Intervals are used to delve into fantasy and mythology. We share in the reminiscences of horses and even the wagons that they have pulled. We follow the fancies of an eagle on an excursion. Miss Lagerlöf was notably enamoured by her character Berling, a shifty defrocked priest, a drunkard and Don Juan. His relationships with women can best be described as whimsical, impulsive and disloyal, even reckless. The author injects a number of other characters—especially headstrong women—to act as accomplices or adversaries (sometimes both) to his egocentric foibles. The women’s’ emotional investments in Gösta are most often absurdly paradoxical from one moment to the next—from slavishly worshipful to heartlessly dismissive.
I very seldom give up on a book. Many books are not exactly gripping or entertaining from page one.Read more ›
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I took this book with me on a camping trip and struggled every page to become more engaged with this text. Read morePublished 14 months ago by MNoutdoorsman
This is a truly weird story. I stopped reading it half way thru.Published on August 7, 2014 by Barbara S. Whittemore
This product is a conversation starter. Additionally the speed of delivery was impressive.Published on October 27, 2013 by Birgitta L Ramsey
Just goes on and on from one love to another. Can't finish! Just an old classic for those who like that style.Published on October 18, 2013 by bergliot