Re: Selma Lagerl?f
I am infinitely delighted to see this new thread on Lagerlof! I haven't yet read any of her works, and, in fact, don't even own anything she's written (at least, not to my knowledge). However, I do recall being at a book sale a couple of years ago and witnessing a woman three times older than myself snatch a copy of one of Lagerlof's books right from under my nose! I was just about to snatch it up. . .and that little eldery lady beat me to it! *sigh* And you know what? She turned to me with the most benevolent smile in the world and said, "You should read her. She's really good." We went on to have an interesting conversation about the very few distinguised female authors who have won Nobel Prizes, and she convinced me to purchase a copy of Edna Ferber's Saratoga Trunk, which I haven't read to this day. Of course, that was less than two years ago, and I've had other authors whose work I've been much more interested in. However, I did see a film adaptation of Saratoga Trunk, and, even though it left a great deal to be desired (it offered, in fact, one of the worst performances I've ever seen Ingrid Bergman give. . .and since she has always been among my favorite actresses, you can imagine what it means if I say that), it nevertheless fascinated me, and I do want to see how the novel compares with the movie.
At any rate, thanks again for this splendid thread, Bjorn. And I'd like your advice on where to begin in regard to Lagerlof: would you suggest that I read The Emperor of Portugal first? It sounds postively marvelous, I must admit!
Titania (aka Alexis)
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for no one dares to look straight at himself."
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Why not invest enough passion in each moment to make it an eternity?" ~E. M. Cioran