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Jerusalem är berättelsen om en stark väckelsevåg som delar en socken i Dalarna en handfull familjer följer kallelsen och beger sig till det heliga lan. Selma Lagerlöf was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature The Wonderful Adventures of Nils was a much beloved story when I was little and I even returned to it as an adult Despite this and despite having read and liked other works by the same author I was surprised at how modern and relevant this book wasIt's a story about a Swedish community that get invaded by a religious sect That's basically what happened although it is subtly told It's the story about people who left their property to go to Jerusalem It's the story about some of the ones that were left behind It is also a uite enchanting and unexpected love story I don't normally like those but in this uaint setting and being as well told as it was I much enjoye the lot of it I will definitely be dusting off the books by Selma Lagerlöf that I have in my shelf and have not read Some years ago I saved a handful of beautiful leather bound books by her and I still have a couple that I haven't gotten around to yet The academic library i Dalarna en handfull familjer följer kallelsen och beger sig till det heliga lan. Selma Lagerlöf was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize The Cliterate Male: a Primer on Pleasuring Women (Good in Bed Guides) in literature The Wonderful Adventures of Nils was a much beloved story when I was little and I even returned to Pie: A Global History it as an adult Despite this and despite having read and liked other works by the same author I was surprised at how modern and relevant this book wasIt's a story about a Swedish community that get Les décisions absurdes : Sociologie des erreurs radicales et persistantes invaded by a religious sect That's basically what happened although Needful it Gemini is subtly told It's the story about people who left their property to go to Jerusalem It's the story about some of the ones that were left behind It Mirrored Heavens is also a uite enchanting and unexpected love story I don't normally like those but A Drop Around the World in this uaint setting and being as well told as Holiness it was I much enjoye the lot of Step by Step it I will definitely be dusting off the books by Selma Lagerlöf that I have Oswald Mathias Ungers in my shelf and have not read Some years ago I saved a handful of beautiful leather bound books by her and I still have a couple that I haven't gotten around to yet

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Det medan andra väljer att bli kvar på sina gårdar Med starka färger och i dramatiska konflikter gestaltar Selma Lagerlöf här de teman som går djupa. On the same day that he arrives in the holy land after never before even setting foot outside his own village a middle aged pilgrim comes down with a fever that proves to be fatal Dying he asks his companions to carry him into Jerusalem so he can at least see God's city first hand As they carry him through a noisy stinky crowded city full of people of three different faiths going about their regular business they point out the landmarks to him this is where the last supper was held this is where Jesus was tortured this is where he carried the cross this is the holy grave And he looks at all this mundanity and begs them to stop joking This can't be it show me the real Jerusalem Where's the gold Where's the glory Where's the peace and serenity Where's God Did he really come all this way did he give up everything did he die just to see a cityThere's a long tradition in Scandinavian literature especially 19th century literature of the simple bygdedrama village drama the story of a small village and the farmers who live there the big man on top of the hill the old pastor the simple but virtuous tenant farmer's daughter etc Selma Lagerlöf's Jerusalem loosely based on real events and often cited as one of the major reasons why she became the first female Nobel Prize winner takes that and runs with it turning it into a great early modern novel in the processFocusing on the inhabitants of a small village deep in the forests of Sweden it follows the wave of religious awakening that swept across the Swedish countryside in the late 1800s and led some to abandon everything and everyone they'd ever known to make the pilgrimage halfway across the world to settle in Palestine She takes her time setting things up; of the two volumes the first is set entirely in the small parish they all come from setting up who they are the life they've led for generations and the conflicts that arise when the modern world starts getting closer both material and ideologicalreligious rules suddenly start changing and all of a sudden it's not a given that the richest farmer the schoolteacher and the preacher are unuestionable authorities The second volume details what happened to the ones who eventually sell their farms and give up everything to emigrate to a country about which they know very little apart from what they've read in the BibleLagerlöf tells it all like a fairly simple story limiting herself to what her uneducated characters can feasibly know and think about; at the same time though she manages to weave in discussions on faith both religious and personal community and family that never tries to give any easy answers or pick sides; even when she introduces mystical elements and themes both Christian Muslim and pagan; fairytales were still very much alive in these areas a 100 years ago she leaves it up to the reader to decide whether they're real or just in the characters' heads and indeed if it matters one way or the other But what really makes the book is the way she handles the characters gradually letting the main characters in this at heart fairly simple story become fully drawn giving them a history that goes back generations and then

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St i hennes författarskap trons makt och kärlekens förunderliga vägar Jerusalem publicerades 1901 och 1902 här är de båda delarna samlade i en volym. This book is based on a historical event in 1890's where multiple families in a small Swedish village of Dalecarlia emigrated in mass to Jerusalem The story starts with Ingmar Ingmarsson and then expands to the entire parish where Ingmarssons lives spanning across multiple generations It deals with their fears and motivations conscience and desires inclination to do the right thing in the face of adversity depicted by an underlying theme Ingmarssons need have no fear of men; they have only to walk in the ways of God and how eventually led by the words of a preacher based in America they leave their age old farms and homes for Jerusalem Surreal and presence of supernatural is typical of Selma Lagerlof and although much subdued compared to Treasure is certainly palpable The uest of a messiah and conflict between reality and faith mildly reminds of a later writing by Isaac Bashevis Singer Satan in Goray The motivation to leave itself has been developed beautifully The author states that the parish was in the throes of a great religious upheaval At all the meetings there were awakenings and conversions; But when you see that it is simply impossible to get people to lead a Christian life shouldn't you try to find out whether there is anything the matter with Christianity itself; It wouldn't be very hard to be a Christian if one were only alone on this earth and there were no fellow humans to be reckoned with However once the decision has been made to leave the story underlines the stupidity of the ideaFields and meadows can never be the same to you as a human being; they can't laugh with you when you're happy nor comfort you when you're sad Nothing on earth can make up for the loss of one who has loved you The children who are leaving cry We don't want to go to Jerusalem; we want to go home It shows the fallibility of human emotions and motivations and hypnotic influence of preachers on the people struggling with faith


10 thoughts on “Jerusalem

  1. says:

    Oh human folly how beautifully it can be turned into art Selma Lagerlöf is such a master storyteller she captivates me even with topics I find irritating and frustrating like this one a bunch of Swedish peasants decide they alone know how to live in the spirit of Jesus Jesus If they only knew how common THAT delusion of special knowledge is and they are convinced that God wants them to leave their lives in Dalarna to lead Jerusalem to unity by showing all the world how to to live in perfect Christianity Well that's a topic to get my nails all curled up or bitten down But Selma Lagerlöf doesn't preach she tells stories to be believed for a moment of bliss and dropped when the book is put down She shows that STORY is the essence of humanity and that believing in your own fairytale is each human being's right To strive for your own fairytale's proper ending is her characters' ultimate goal and Selma being a good school teacher rather than a preacher takes them by the hand and shows them the magic of life in the strangest cornersYou my friend she tells her characters made a mistake in your storyline here and you set yourself up for a problem Now you need to go through all these adventures and then you and the reader will get to the pay offSo the Goddess of the dark woods of cold Värmland Swedish speakers will forgive me the inevitable oxymoron set out to conuer the bare sun of the Mediterranean and her story completed the journey and returned triumphantly to be tucked up where it belongs If religious zealots could see the world in the many colours that Selma Lagerlöf sees when she weaves her stories Jerusalem might actually see some unity But that of course is a story too good to be true


  2. says:

    Moving perceptive book about religious mania full of both intellectual and emotional intelligence The author who was herself deeply religious does an excellent job of telling the story without judging the main characters Extremely relevant to the world today it's a shame this book isn't better known The film is also outstanding and eually unknown outside Sweden


  3. says:

    Selma Lagerlöf was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature The Wonderful Adventures of Nils was a much beloved story when I was little and I even returned to it as an adult Despite this and despite having read and liked other works by the same author I was surprised at how modern and relevant this book wasIt's a story about a Swedish community that get invaded by a religious sect That's basically what happened although it is subtly told It's the story about people who left their property to go to Jerusalem It's the story about some of the ones that were left behind It is also a uite enchanting and unexpected love story I don't normally like those but in this uaint setting and being as well told as it was I much enjoye the lot of it I will definitely be dusting off the books by Selma Lagerlöf that I have in my shelf and have not read Some years ago I saved a handful of beautiful leather bound books by her and I still have a couple that I haven't gotten around to yet


  4. says:

    Free download available at Project GutenbergThis is not my cup of tea Or I am not in the right mood to read it who knows?


  5. says:

    On the same day that he arrives in the holy land after never before even setting foot outside his own village a middle aged pilgrim comes down with a fever that proves to be fatal Dying he asks his companions to carry him into Jerusalem so he can at least see God's city first hand As they carry him through a noisy stinky crowded city full of people of three different faiths going about their regular business they point out the landmarks to him this is where the last supper was held this is where Jesus was tortured this is where he carried the cross this is the holy grave And he looks at all this mundanity and begs them to stop joking This can't be it show me the real Jerusalem Where's the gold? Where's the glory? Where's the peace and serenity? Where's God? Did he really come all this way did he give up everything did he die just to see a city?There's a long tradition in Scandinavian literature especially 19th century literature of the simple bygdedrama village drama the story of a small village and the farmers who live there the big man on top of the hill the old pastor the simple but virtuous tenant farmer's daughter etc Selma Lagerlöf's Jerusalem loosely based on real events and often cited as one of the major reasons why she became the first female Nobel Prize winner takes that and runs with it turning it into a great early modern novel in the processFocusing on the inhabitants of a small village deep in the forests of Sweden it follows the wave of religious awakening that swept across the Swedish countryside in the late 1800s and led some to abandon everything and everyone they'd ever known to make the pilgrimage halfway across the world to settle in Palestine She takes her time setting things up; of the two volumes the first is set entirely in the small parish they all come from setting up who they are the life they've led for generations and the conflicts that arise when the modern world starts getting closer both material and ideologicalreligious rules suddenly start changing and all of a sudden it's not a given that the richest farmer the schoolteacher and the preacher are unuestionable authorities The second volume details what happened to the ones who eventually sell their farms and give up everything to emigrate to a country about which they know very little apart from what they've read in the BibleLagerlöf tells it all like a fairly simple story limiting herself to what her uneducated characters can feasibly know and think about; at the same time though she manages to weave in discussions on faith both religious and personal community and family that never tries to give any easy answers or pick sides; even when she introduces mystical elements and themes both Christian Muslim and pagan; fairytales were still very much alive in these areas a 100 years ago she leaves it up to the reader to decide whether they're real or just in the characters' heads and indeed if it matters one way or the other But what really makes the book is the way she handles the characters gradually letting the main characters in this at heart fairly simple story become fully drawn giving them a history that goes back generations and then occasionally raising the drama to heart wrenching levels without having to resort to any far fetched plots Beautiful


  6. says:

    ‘Jerusalem’ was my first book authored by Selma Lagerlof an authoress I am certain I would have never read and a chance encounter made this possible With a splendid description and an eually splendid narration Selma Lagerlof left me both amazed and shocked with ‘Jerusalem’ ‘Jerusalem’ narrates the simple but gargantuan story of changing dogmas and faith in a village tucked away in the lush green highlands of Sweden It spans over two generations and faith is what Selma Lagerlof has expounded in this book A new faith emerges in the hamlet wherein the believers decide to leave for Jerusalem to help the downtrodden and comfort the poor Giving up the want for any material pleasure this group of believers drown relationships and families for a greater cause; to walk in the ways of the Lord and in search for a truer home in Jerusalem However Selma Lagerlof ends the novel with so many uestions An underlying tussle between faith and honour subtly remain etched in the entire book


  7. says:

    This book is based on a historical event in 1890's where multiple families in a small Swedish village of Dalecarlia emigrated in mass to Jerusalem The story starts with Ingmar Ingmarsson and then expands to the entire parish where Ingmarssons lives spanning across multiple generations It deals with their fears and motivations conscience and desires inclination to do the right thing in the face of adversity depicted by an underlying theme Ingmarssons need have no fear of men; they have only to walk in the ways of God and how eventually led by the words of a preacher based in America they leave their age old farms and homes for Jerusalem Surreal and presence of supernatural is typical of Selma Lagerlof and although much subdued compared to Treasure is certainly palpable The uest of a messiah and conflict between reality and faith mildly reminds of a later writing by Isaac Bashevis Singer Satan in Goray The motivation to leave itself has been developed beautifully The author states that the parish was in the throes of a great religious upheaval At all the meetings there were awakenings and conversions; But when you see that it is simply impossible to get people to lead a Christian life shouldn't you try to find out whether there is anything the matter with Christianity itself?; It wouldn't be very hard to be a Christian if one were only alone on this earth and there were no fellow humans to be reckoned with However once the decision has been made to leave the story underlines the stupidity of the ideaFields and meadows can never be the same to you as a human being; they can't laugh with you when you're happy nor comfort you when you're sad Nothing on earth can make up for the loss of one who has loved you The children who are leaving cry We don't want to go to Jerusalem; we want to go home It shows the fallibility of human emotions and motivations and hypnotic influence of preachers on the people struggling with faith


  8. says:

    I find the book a little bit to lengthy Really long bits that is just descriptive and adds nothing to the story but gives flesh to the characters I've mixed feelings about it The language is beautiful the narration and descriptions lovely so I hated it even if I loved itWell build characters It was a bit scary to see how fanatic they were specially in the beginning Interesting note she made that it was the Christians in Jerusalem that fought each other not Christians against Jews and Muslims


  9. says:

    An unexpectedly fun read Nice ending with not everything wrapped up neatly but also not leaving the reader feeling a seuel is needed I would now like to read of her books and I see why she won the Nobel Prize for Literature Her description of the life of 'ordinary' people is well done without being sentimental or too verbose or academic


  10. says:

    Selma's great talent is showing fully in this compelling story Every description has its place and meaning and in spite of the length and theme this is a truly unputdownable novel The historical setting is meticulously accurate and this makes it an interesting read Her empathy for the characters and her lyrical prose are a joy to read


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