The Wonderful Adventures of Nils by Selma Lagerlöf

 
Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1909
“in appreciation of the lofty idealism, vivid imagination
and spiritual perception that characterize her writings.”

nobelprize.org

 
The Wonderful Adventures of Nils is a juvenile literature written by Selma Lagerlöf, the first female writer, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1909. Took place in Sweden, this is a story about a mischievous boy who was spelled and became a tiny little elf. He could understand animals and birds and went on an adventure with the wild geese, across all the historical provinces of Sweden. This book illustrate the beautiful landscape of Sweden, the nature, climate, geography, folklore and animal life. It makes me want to visit Sweden! However I was a little slow getting through this book because the English translation was quite odd and I appreciate less. I almost gave up reading it because it was quite boring but I wanted to find out if Nils Holgersson would make it back home and learn his lessons so I put a little more effort and finish it finally.
I don’t think I’d read anything by Swedish writers and Selma Lagerlöf is my first encounter. I do really wanna find out more about her literary works. I have an eye on “Gösta Berlings Saga”, one of her master piece and “Jerusalem” a book dedicated to her Jewish friend, Sophie Elkan “my companion in life and letters”.


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