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Thy Soul Shall Bear Witness!

Thy Soul Shall Bear Witness! by Selma Lagerloef
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Thy Soul Shall Bear Witness! by Selma Lagerloef is a deeply moving and powerful novel that delves into themes of forgiveness, redemption, and the impact of past actions on present circumstances. The story follows a young woman named Ingrid who is haunted by the sins of her ancestors, and must grapple with the consequences of their actions in order to find peace and solace.

Lagerloef's prose is eloquent and lyrical, drawing the reader into Ingrid's world and making us feel her struggles and triumphs as if they were our own. The author's exploration of the complexities of family dynamics and the ways in which our past can shape our future is both poignant and thought-provoking.

Overall, Thy Soul Shall Bear Witness! is a beautifully written and emotionally resonant novel that will stay with readers long after they have finished it. Lagerloef's portrayal of forgiveness and redemption is both heartfelt and inspiring, making this book a must-read for anyone looking for a compelling story that will touch their soul.

Book Description:
“Thy Soul shall bear Witness” (Körkarlen) by the Swedish Nobel Laureate Selma Lagerlöf is a kind of spooky Novel. It was first published in 1912 and in English in 1922, the same year as the international release of the Silent Movie “The Phantom Carriage”, today considered a classic movie, and one that strongly influenced the Swedish Director Ingmar Bergman. A second Movie based on the Novel was made again in 1958. In English the Novel is today very rare, very few copies are said to exist. - It is New Years Eve. David Holm who has become a depraved drunkard is sitting with some comrades in a Church-Yard, drinking, and telling a story he has heard some years earlier from a friend, George, about the Death-Cart, and how a person who dies on New-Years eve when the clock strikes Midnight will have to take over the Death-Cart as driver. The Death-Cart is a beaten-down horse-drawn carriage, drawn by a very old, one eyed horse, which travels the earth to pick up the souls of the dead and take them to heaven or hell. And as it happens, after a brawl, David is dying in the Church-Yard just as the clock strikes midnight, and a cart, moving closer and closer, is heard creaking. And at the reins sits David's old friend, George. In another part of the town a little slum sister, Edit, is dying. She has tried to help both David Holm and his family, in vain. Her only wish is to see David before she dies. She can not help it, but she loves him. George has come to introduce David into the job of becoming driver of the Death-Cart, as David is now going to relieve him from the task, and to show David what his life has been, and visiting his past, and also Edith, in her last moments. This story may be quite a bit different from most of Selma Lagerlöf's other Novels. But at the same time it is, as many of her stories, a story about love, forgiveness and redemption, and most captivating.

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