The Saga of Gösta Berling by Selma Lagerlöf

The Saga of Gösta Berling

Selma Lagerlöf with Paul Norlen (Translator)

fiction historical slow-paced

432 pages

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The first new English translation in more than one hundred years of the Swedish Gone with the Wind A Penguin Classic In 1909, Selma Lagerl f became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. The Saga of G sta Berling is her first and be...
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Summary of 232 reviews


adventurous 50%
challenging 50%
mysterious 50%
reflective 41%
emotional 33%
relaxing 25%
funny 16%
lighthearted 16%
tense 16%
dark 8%
informative 8%
inspiring 8%
sad 8%


slow 81%
medium 9%
fast 9%

Plot- or character-driven?

A mix: 44% | Character: 44% | Plot: 11%

Strong character development?

Yes: 80% | It's complicated: 20%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 33% | No: 33% | Yes: 33%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 54% | Yes: 27% | It's complicated: 18%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 90% | No: 9%

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