- Capa comum: 224 páginas
- Editora: Penguin Classics; Edição: 01 (13 de fevereiro de 2018)
- Idioma: Inglês
- ISBN-10: 024120609X
- ISBN-13: 978-0241206096
- Dimensões do produto: 13 x 1,3 x 19,8 cm
- Peso de envio: 181 g
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The Wonderful Adventure of Nils Holgersson (Inglês) Capa Comum – 13 fev 2018
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Paul Norlen (translator) has translated Selma Lagerlöf's The Saga of Gösta Berling for Penguin Classics. He was awarded the American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prize in 2004 and lives in Seattle.
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Nils Holgersson is 14 years old. He is the only son of industrious but poor crofters living in Southern Sweden. They own three cows and some geese. The parents are concerned that Nils is sluggish, lazy, unwilling to learn (at school), wild, mean, cruel to animals and unkind to people. Nevertheless, they leave him alone at home one Sunday whilst they go to church.
Nils falls asleep over a 14 page sermon they have left for him to read. When he wakes, not knowing ‘if he had slept for a little or a long time’, he sees for the first time in his life the house gnome. (As the story progresses we discover that most small farmsteads such as this have a resident gnome.) Nils is unkind to the gnome and is shrunk to a gnome-size replica of himself.
He goes out in the farmyard, realizing through encounters with the farm cat, the cows, the hens, how vulnerable he is as such a small person. He is with the geese when some wild geese fly over. A farm goose wants to join them. The boy climbs on the goose’s back and together they fly north with the migrating wild geese.
The story begins on Sunday 20th March. By Saturday 23rd April, the last chapter in this book, the geese and Nils have moved north as far as Huskvarna. That is still south of Stockholm, and leaves the geese (and Nils, in book 2) with a long way still to go.
The country over which they fly is carefully described in geographic terms, noting rock types, vegetation and the varying prosperity of the farms, churches and manor houses according to the richness of the land. Visits are made to a number of lakes, to the sea coast and to the offshore island of Öland; also to the mediaeval stronghold Glimmingehus, and the city of Karlskrona. We learn a lot about the migratory and feeding habits of wild geese, plus a good deal about other species too, especially birds.
Much of the book consists of simple description, but Nils is allowed some adventures, including being kidnapped by crows, and an ongoing danger is represented by a grudge-bearing fox that is also travelling north.
For me, the most interesting parts of the book are when Nils dreams of a mythical underwater city; the story of his visit to the farmstead of an elderly woman who, although poor, has some of the possessions associated with people with family in America (a glimpse of an early 20th century reality in Sweden, following the emigration to escape poverty of many thousands); and the story of the nursing back to health by a farm family of an injured mallard, only for it to be used as a decoy to draw down other ducks for shooting.
I was pleased to read the book because of its importance to Swedish culture. In Sweden, Nils occupies a place almost as exalted as that of Pippi Longstocking – and is more likely to appeal to older boys. But I fear that, outside of Sweden, the book is not what the majority of teenagers are looking for. For those with a family connection to Sweden, or a strong interest in migrating birds, it can certainly be commended.