The Wonderful Adventures of Nils


Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)

(4.8 stars; 16 reviews)

Selma Lagerlöf was born in Vaermland, Sweden, in 1858 and enjoyed a long and very successful career as a writer, receiving the Nobel-Price in Literature in 1909. She died in Vaermland in 1940. The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (Orig. Nils Holgerssons underbara resa genom Sverige) is a famous work of fiction by Selma Lagerlöf, published in two parts in 1906 and 1907. The background for publication was a commission from the National Teachers Association in 1902 to write a geography reader for the public schools.

"She devoted three years to Nature study and to familiarizing herself with animal and bird life. She has sought out hitherto unpublished folklore and legends of the different provinces. These she has ingeniously woven into her story." (From translator Velma Swanston Howard's introduction.) (Summary by Lars Rolander and Wikipedia) (17 hr 38 min)

Chapters

The Boy 42:08 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Akka from Kebnekaise 41:17 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
The Wonderful Journey of Nils 51:12 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Glimminge Castle 34:07 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
The Great Crane Dance on Kullaberg 25:33 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
In Rainy Weather 16:17 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
The Stairway with the Three Steps 10:31 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
By Ronneby River 24:20 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Karlskrona 22:11 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
The Trip to Oeland 11:12 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Oeland's Southern Point 21:52 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
The Big Butterfly 11:14 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Little Karl's Island 31:50 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Two Cities 30:55 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
The Legend of Smaland 13:41 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
The Crows 44:28 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
The Old Peasant Woman 26:42 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
From Taberg to Huskvarna 10:38 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
The Big Bird Lake 39:52 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Ulvasa Lady 14:06 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
The Homespun Cloth 10:00 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
The Story of Karr and Grayskin Pt 1 - Karr 23:16 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
The Story of Karr and Grayskin Pt 2 - Helpless the Water Snake 20:02 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
The Story of Karr and Grayskin Pt 3 - The Big War of the Moths 29:16 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
The Wind Witch 35:34 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
The Breaking up of the Ice 10:23 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Thumbietot and the Bears 35:12 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
The Flood 22:58 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Dunfin 26:20 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Stockholm 34:19 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Gorgo the Eagle 26:45 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
On over Gaestrikland 15:04 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
A Day in Haelsingland 33:25 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
In Medelpad 13:50 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
A Morning in Angermanland 18:04 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Westbottom and Lappland 31:01 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Osa, the Goose Girl, and Little Mats 17:36 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
With the Lapplanders 19:48 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Homeward Bound 8:35 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Legends from Haerjedalen 21:25 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Vermland and Dalsland 26:28 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
The Treasure on the Island 17:33 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
The Journey to Vemminghoeg 6:30 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
Home at last 23:45 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)
The Parting with the Wild Geese 6:57 Read by Lars Rolander (1942-2016)

Reviews

"A remarkable thing.."


(5 stars)

<br /><i>The Wonderful Adventures of Nils</i> (1906-7) by Swedish Nobel laureate Selma Lagerlöf is one of the most popular children's books from Sweden (along with <i>Pippi Longstocking</i>). It has been translated into over 40 languages, plus films and animations. As a testament to its popularity, the <a href="http://www.banknotes.com/SE61.JPG" rel="nofollow">Swedish 20 krona banknote</a> has a picture of Lagerlöf on the front, and Nils on the back; and the Swedish national children's book award was named the Nils Holgersson Award, established in 1950. Lagerlöf wrote the book at the request of the Swedish National Teacher's Society, as a school book; but rather than a dry geography text, she wrote an entertaining literary story, modeled after Rudyard Kipling's animal tales. It's been required reading in Swedish schools ever since, many children and adults read it for pleasure. A short literary history of the novel can be read at the <a href="http://www.sna.se/Holgersson_100ar_commission.html" rel="nofollow">Atlas of Sweden</a>. Nils is a 14-year old boy who is lazy and disobedient. When his parents leave him home alone, an elf chastises him for his misbehaviour by turning him into a tiny vulnerable imp. The smaller Nils has one new power, he can understand the language of the animals. Befriended by a flock of wild geese, he flys northward over Sweden into Lapland and back again in a series of adventures. From the air they can see a large part of Sweden and thus Lagerlöf is able to include a lot of historical and geographical material into the story. Each chapter is a mini story, often a retelling of a fairy tale or myth with Nils and his animals as the protagonists. The stories weave with characters re-appearing in later episodes. Nils learns about compassion, justice and respect of nature and returns home a better person. It is ultimately an optimistic book and beloved by many. It's a long book and even though the English translation has already been slightly abridged it could be abridged further. But it leaves a strong impression and has an epic quality, it is easy to see why it is so popular. The <a href="http://www.archive.org/details/wonderful_adventures_nils_0901_librivox" rel="nofollow">LibriVox recording</a> by Lars Rolander is a perfect retelling. It is both volumes. [STB | 4048 | 052010]

Very good read I am shocked its not recognised a world classic


(5 stars)

This book was one of the best children's I have ever read and should be not forgotten as seemingly has