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The Wonderful Adventures of Nils

Selma Lagerlöf

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The Wonderful Adventures of Nils is a famous work of fiction by Selma Lagerlöf, first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in literature. The background for publication was a commission from the National Teachers Association to write a geography reader for the public schools. “She devoted three years to Nature study and to familiarizing herself with animal and bird life. She has sought out hitherto unpublished folklore and legends of the different provinces. These she has ingeniously woven into her story.”

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . is certainly much too difficult for one who has learned as little as I have," he thought at last. "It will probably wind up by my having to go back among human beings after all. I must ask the minister and the doctor and the schoolmaster and others who are learned, and may know a cure for such things."

This he concluded that he would do at once, and shook himself—for he was as wet as a dog that has been in a water-pool.

Just about then he saw that a big owl came flying along, and alighted on one of the trees that bordered the village street. The next instant a lady owl, who sat under the cornice of the house, began to call out: "Kivitt, Kivitt! Are you at home again, Mr. Gray Owl? What kind of a time did you have abroad?"

"Thank you, Lady Brown Owl. I had a very comfortable time," said the gray owl. "Has anything out of the ordinary happened here at home during my absence?"

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Community Reviews

Cross-curricular teaching and entertainment in one Nobel volume.

These days, interdisciplinary projects and cross-curricular interlinking of learning are all the fashion, and stressed teachers sigh in frustration over the tour de force of teaching not only their own subject, but of successfully im...more

“ C’era una volta un ragazzo. Aveva circa quattordici anni, era alto, con bei lineamenti e capelli biondi come il lino. Purtroppo, era un perdigiorno. Le sue occupazioni preferite erano dormire e mangiare, oltre a giocare brutti tiri. "

Questo monello si chiama Nils Holgersson e la sua speciali...more

مفاجآت مكتبة مصر العامة السارة :))

A big book, but full of nice stories of the wonderful adventures of Nils, a boy who was turned tiny and went on a trip on his goose (or was it a duck, I can't remember?) But what I do remember is that the book had some magical stories to tell. Especially loved the one with the magical city and th...more

There are three very good reasons to read this book - the author is first woman ever to win a Nobel Prize, it appears on Le Monde list of best books of 20th century And the fact that the protagonist's picture appears on 20 Swedish krona banknotes. The talking animal surpass those of Kipling's Jun...more

I was about 10 years old, and looking for something to read on a quiet Sunday afternoon in summer, when I ran across a battered and faded copy of The Wonderful Adventures of Nils. Originally published in Sweden in 1906-7, it tells the story of a naughty farmer's lad who has what we would today ca...more

“The Wonderful Adventure of Nils Holgersson,” is a Swedish children’s classic. Published in 1906, the book actually resulted from a commission from the National Teachers Association to write a geography reader. Author Selma Lagerlof apparently spent three years studying Nature and also investigat...more

This book will give you so much.
How is it that Swedish writers always find the right words for expressing children's thoughts and feelings? Lagerlöf does a great job, not only in describing the Swedish landscape, but also in describing and telling Nils' story. It is a wonderful piece of literatu...more

This children's classic, published in 1906 by future Nobel Prize winner Selma Lagerlöf, is so famous in Scandinavia that everyone knows the plot; but until now I'd never read it. Nils Holgersson, a good-for-nothing kid in late nineteenth century Skåne, angers the local tomte (a kind of Swedish le...more

نيلز (باليابانية: ニルスのふしぎな旅)
فكرتني بـ كافكا علي الشاطيء

" مغامَرات نِلز العجيب " كانت بداية معرفتي بِالكاتبة السويدية سلمي لاجرلوف
ذائعة الصيت , زادت شُهرتها بعد ما حصلت علي جائزة نوبل العالمية للآداب لعام 1909 ميلادياً ..
و الحقيقة كانت هي أول سيدة تحصُل علي هذة الجائزة وأول سويدية كمان
الحكاية ك...more

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