The Wonderful Adventures of Nils

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Sprache - Englisch

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In 'The Wonderful Adventures of Nils', Selma Lagerlöf crafts a fantastical journey that entwines Swedish folklore with the transformative odyssey of its eponymous young character. As Nils Holgersson metamorphoses from a mischievous, indolent boy to a diminutive being in a world alive with talking animals, he embarks on a series of extraordinary adventures across the countryside. Lagerlöf's enchanting narrative style combined with richly detailed landscapes echoes the great pastoral epics, while her innovative use of perspective grants readers a whimsical yet piercing insight into the lives of animals and the natural environment. The moral arc of the tale is embedded within these interactions, allowing an exploration of themes such as empathy, responsibility, and redemption. This literary gem firmly positions itself within the tradition of Bildungsroman, capturing the essences of self-discovery and personal growth. Selma Lagerlöf, awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1909, was not only an accomplished author but also a cultural icon who remarkably became the first woman to win the prestigious accolade. Her motivation behind penning 'The Wonderful Adventures of Nils' was multi-faceted; originally commissioned as a reader for Swedish public schools, the novel exemplifies her dual commitment to education and storytelling. The pedagogical impetus behind the work is deftly interwoven with compelling narrative to engage children in the history and geography of their country, all the while inculcating moral virtues. Lagerlöf's own rural upbringing amidst the variegated landscapes of Sweden undoubtedly infused the novel with its palpable appreciation for nature and folkloric elements, reflecting a deep national cultural heritage. 'The Wonderful Adventures of Nils' is, without doubt, a literary delicacy to be savored. It is recommended for readers young and old, who seek to be whisked away on wings of imagination, guided by the moral compass towards a voyage of personal growth. Its distinguished place in the annals of children's literature and its timeless lessons make it an enriching contribution to any bookshelf. Against the backdrop of early 20th-century literature, Lagerlöf's work emerges as both a cultural artifact and a beacon of enlightenment ideals, encouraging a holistic view of the world and the beings within it.


Über den Autor

Selma Lagerlöf (1858–1940) stands as one of Sweden's most esteemed writers, an innovator of literary style and the first female Nobel laureate in Literature (1909). Born into a wealthy family in Värmland, Sweden, Lagerlöf was deeply influenced by the folk tales and legends of her native province, which imbued her writing with a distinctive narrative charm and lyrical quality. Her education at the Royal Women's Superior Training Academy in Stockholm honed her literary skills, leading to a career as a teacher before she dedicated herself fully to writing.

Lagerlöf's breakthrough came with her first novel, 'Gösta Berling's Saga' (1891), a romanticized account of her homeland's past that revealed her storytelling prowess. However, it is 'The Wonderful Adventures of Nils' (orig. 'Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige', 1906–1907), a bewitching blend of Swedish geography and folklore, which has secured an enduring place in children's literature. Intended as an educational book for schools, it transcends its original purpose through the fantastic story of a boy transformed into an elf and his enlightening journey across Sweden on the back of a goose. Lagerlöf's gradient from realism to fantasy, and her commitment to themes of redemption and humanity's relationship with nature, are hallmarks of her literary style. Her prominent position in Swedish culture has been reaffirmed by her appearance on the country's 20-krona banknote, solidifying her legacy as an icon of literature.

Produkt Details

Verlag: DigiCat

Genre: Sprache - Englisch

Sprache: English

Umfang: 446 Seiten

Größe: 713,3 KB

ISBN: 8596547718901

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