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The Home Or, Life in Sweden   By: (1801-1865)

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In "The Home Or, Life in Sweden" by Fredrika Bremer, readers are transported to the picturesque and captivating landscapes of Sweden. This enchanting novel explores the themes of love, society, and domestic life with great depth and insight.

Bremer's storytelling ability is exceptional, capturing the essence of Sweden's natural beauty while immersing readers in the lives of the book's characters. With her vivid descriptions, readers can almost feel the chill in the air and smell the fragrance of the surrounding forests. The author effortlessly transports us to a world that is at once familiar and yet delightfully foreign.

One of the major strengths of "The Home Or, Life in Sweden" lies in Bremer's skillful portrayal of her characters. Each individual is painstakingly crafted, with their own unique strengths, weaknesses, and complexities. Through their interactions, Bremer subtly examines the intricacies of human relationships and delves into the challenges and rewards of familial ties and friendships.

Furthermore, Bremer's exploration of societal norms and roles is both thought-provoking and impactful. Through her characters' experiences, she tackles issues such as the expectations placed on women and the constraints of social conventions. By doing so, she prompts readers to question their own assumptions and consider the role of gender and societal expectations in their own lives.

"The Home Or, Life in Sweden" is not just a novel about the intricacies of life in Sweden, but also a reflection on the universal themes of love, identity, and personal growth. Bremer expertly weaves these themes into her narrative, leaving readers with a deeper appreciation for the human condition and the power of self-discovery.

While the prose can, at times, be slightly meandering, Bremer's overall storytelling prowess shines through. Her ability to engage readers and elicit a range of emotions is undeniable. "The Home Or, Life in Sweden" is a captivating and thought-provoking novel that is sure to leave a lasting impact on anyone who ventures within its pages.

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FREDRIKA BREMER'S WORKS.

THE HOME

OR, LIFE IN SWEDEN.

TRANSLATED BY MARY HOWITT.

LONDON: HENRY G. BOHN, YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN. 1853.

C. WHITING, BEAUFORT HOUSE.

THE HOME:

OR, LIFE IN SWEDEN.

PART I.

CHAPTER I.

MORNING DISPUTE AND EVENING CONTENTION.

"My sweet friend," said Judge Frank, in a tone of vexation, "it is not worth while reading aloud to you if you keep yawning incessantly, and looking about, first to the right and then to the left;" and with these words he laid down a treatise of Jeremy Bentham, which he had been reading, and rose from his seat.

"Ah, forgive me, dear friend!" returned his wife, "but really these good things are all somewhat indigestible, and I was thinking about Come here, dear Brigitta!" said Mrs. Elise Frank, beckoning an old servant to her, to whom she then spoke in an under tone.

Whilst this was going on, the Judge, a handsome strong built man of probably forty, walked up and down the room, and then suddenly pausing as if in consideration, before one of the walls, he exclaimed to his wife, who by this time had finished her conversation with the old servant, "See, love, now if we were to have a door opened here and it could very easily be done, for it is only a lath and plaster wall we could then get so conveniently into our bedroom, without first going through the sitting room and the nursery it would indeed be capital!"

"But then, where could the sofa stand?" answered Elise, with some anxiety... Continue reading book >>




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