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From a Swedish Homestead

Selma Lagerlöf

Book Overview: 

"From a Swedish Homestead" by the Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf is a varied collection of stories, mostly set in Dalarne or Vaermland in Sweden, but also some stories or legends from Kungahalla on the west-coast at the time between Heathendom and early Christianity plus some Legends from Italy and Belgium.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Then he thought the coffin would be quite still, and the violin would regain its peace and its melodies.

In the meantime Ingrid sat on the grass and tried to collect her thoughts. She looked towards the church and discovered the horses and the carriages on the hillside. Then she began to realize everything. It was Sunday; they had placed her in the grave in the morning, and now they were in church.

A great fear now seized Ingrid. The service[Pg 47] would, perhaps, soon be over, and then all the people would come out and see her. And she had nothing on but a sheet! She was almost naked. Fancy, if all these people came and saw her in this state! They would never forget the sight. And she would be ashamed of it all her life.

Where should she get some clothes? For a moment she thought of throwing the Dalar man's fur coat round her, but she did not think that that would make her any more like other people.

She turned quickly to the . . . Read More

Community Reviews

A collection of strange old stories, about love, madness, power, death, a variety of human emotions and experiences, some set in the medieval world, some in foreign lands, but mostly in the Sweden of olden days. Ms. Lagerlöf is a wonderful writer but I think the English translation I read doesn't...more

Esta antología de realtos podría dividirse, a mi parecer, en dos partes. La primera me encantó y la formaría el primer relato que es más largo y con diferencia. Se trata de "The story of a country house". Mientras que la segunda parte la conformaría todos los demás relatos que no me gustaron dema...more

A beautifully written collection of short stories. Lagerlofs writing can, probably, be classified as "magical realism" written in, almost, a fairy-tale or folklore style. Much of her writing revolves around Christian morality set in earlier periods. This is not normally the type of subject matter...more

After being on a proper Lagerlöf bend this year I think this is my least favourite of her books. I already know her style of going off on philosophical and sociological tangents, which I like, it makes me feel like having travelled, since there too you meet people and hear their random stories, d...more