Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1909 — the first woman to be so honored — Swedish novelist Selma Lagerlöf (1858–1940) was a gifted storyteller whose writings were often tinged with the supernatural and rooted in the sagas and legends of her homeland. She secured her reputation as a children's-book author with The Wonderful Adventures of Nils, long considered a masterpiece of children's literature. Written at the request of Swedish school authorities and first published in 1906, it is the enchanting and remarkably original tale of Nils Holgersson, a mischievous boy of 14 who is changed by an elf into a tiny being able to understand the speech of birds and animals. Brilliantly weaving fact and fiction into a breathtaking and beautiful fable, the story recounts Nils's adventures as he is transported over the countryside on the back of a goose. From this vantage point, Nils witnesses a host of events that provide young readers with an abundance of information about nature, geography, folklore, animal life, and more. Reset in easy-to-read type and enhanced with 10 new illustrations, this inexpensive, unabridged edition will bring new generations of readers under the magical spell of a timeless classic.
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Hardly read anymore in the U.S.A. this classic tale of a boy turned tiny, who rides on a goose's back all over Sweden, was written by the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Selma Lagerlof was commissioned to write a Swedish geography reader for children. She wound up writing a novel beloved by generations. Wonderful adventures indeed, incorporating not only the geography of Sweden, but many traditional folk tales, glimpes of the natural world, and bits of culture and history. Will Nils ever become normal sized again? Can he help the wild geese elude the bloodthirsty fox? Keep a map of Sweden handy to follow Nils and the wild geese as they fly north for the summer, and you'll likely enjoy this story even more.
I loved the story very much and I really regretted to see it being printed in poor quality. Apart from the typos and inappropriate use of "authored by" on the cover and backbone (the creator's name is placed after that instead of the original author Miss Lagerlof!), the worst of all is the missing of pages. Not until I have read all the book did I find out that I had to stop in the middle of nowhere and it will be too late for me to return the book after I have finished it. I just hope the publisher to be more prudent when printing the book. It is an absolute pity to see a such great story being spoiled by printing issues.
This was a bait and switch, a great disappointment. The book cover shown in the amazon presentation had the wonderful imaginative color illustration that a friend had shown me. My friend's copy of the book also had, inside, a colorful map of Sweden to illustrate in detail Nils' travels. The book I received had this bland green cover, and no map of Sweden.
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