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From a Swedish Homestead

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From a Swedish Homestead is a beautifully written novel by Selma Lagerlöf that transports the reader to the idyllic and harsh Swedish countryside at the turn of the 20th century. The story follows the struggles and triumphs of a young couple, Karl and Kristina, as they work to establish their homestead and create a life for themselves and their family.

Lagerlöf's writing style is lyrical and evocative, painting vivid portraits of the rugged landscape and the hardworking, determined characters who inhabit it. Her ability to capture the essence of rural life and the bonds that form within a family is truly remarkable.

The novel is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of love and perseverance in the face of adversity. It is a timeless story that resonates with readers of all ages and backgrounds, and serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of connection to the land and to one another.

Overall, From a Swedish Homestead is a captivating and moving read that will stay with you long after you turn the last page. Selma Lagerlöf's storytelling talents shine brightly in this novel, making it a must-read for anyone who appreciates beautifully crafted literature.

Book Description:
”From a Swedish Homestead” by the Swedish author Selma Lagerloef (translated by Jessie Brochner) is a varied collection of stories, mostly set in Dalarne or Vaermland in Sweden, but also some stories or legends from Kungahalla on the west-coast at the time between Heathendom and early Christianity plus some Legends from Italy and Belgium. The first nine sections, “The Story of a Country House”, is a short Novel, originally published on its own, but here part of the collection. It is the story of how a young orphan girl, Ingrid, is the instrument of saving the student Gunnar Hede, who has lost his wits and memory by a terrible experience, trying to save his home, his Couyntry House, and who wanders the roads as a Pedlar, but at the same time afraid of most everything, especially animals. As told by Lagerloef it is a both fascinating and sweet story, as are all the others.

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