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The Brothers Lionheart (1975)

by Astrid Lindgren

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Two brothers share many adventures after their death when they are reunited in Nangiyala, the land where sagas come from.
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    Mio, My Son by Astrid Lindgren (ecureuil)
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    Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson (Medicinos)
    Medicinos: Deux livres qui mettent en scène un enfant malheureux, un monde imaginaire comme échappatoire, la maladie, la mort. Deux très belles histoires.
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    Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian (Anonymous user)
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    The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both are children's stories about a pair of siblings, in which the ostensibly weaker sibling must show enormous courage to rescue the other.
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    Momo by Michael Ende (Anonymous user)
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    Bone: One Volume Edition by Jeff Smith (Percevan)
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    Eragon by Christopher Paolini (Yells)
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English (17)  Swedish (3)  Finnish (2)  Danish (2)  Dutch (1)  French (1)  Spanish (1)  All languages (27)
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Orig. publ. by Rabén & Sjögren, 1973 ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 19, 2020 |
”Men då sa Jonatan att det fanns saker som man måste göra, även om det var farligt. ’Varför då’, undrade jag. ’Annars är man ingen människa utan bara en liten lort’, sa Jonatan.”

Vad säger man egentligen om en bok som denna? Det är inte endast en av Astrids allra bästa, utan det är utan tvekan en av de bästa böckerna någonsin. Det är bara så. Den är vacker, tragisk och alldeles fantastisk. Det finns få böcker som hanterar döden men även modet på ett sätt som Astrid gör i Bröderna Lejonhjärta och det gör ont i mig av att veta att det faktum att det är en svensk barnbok gör att alldeles för få läser den - vissa böcker ska läsas av så många som möjligt, och det här är en sådan bok.

Jag minns vilket intryck den gav på mig som barn, speciellt tillsammans med filmen; både gällande döden, som jag likt Astrid anser att barn faktiskt behöver få bearbeta och fundera kring, men även modet och just det som Jonatan säger. "Annars är man ingen människa utan bara en liten lort." Det handlar inte om det dumdristiga mod som ofta representeras i form av Gryffindor, utan modet att säga ifrån och stå upp för det som är rätt. Det känns som något som är oerhört relevant även idag, och något fler borde anamma i en tid av starka högervindar. ( )
  autisticluke | Nov 14, 2019 |
A boy dies while saving his chronically ill little brother from a fire, and the younger one follows him in death soon after. They find themselves in an afterlife world just as the older boy had described in tales to the younger, and they fight on the side of good against the evil tyrant of the land. It's a sweet story and very well told, and I very much enjoyed it right up to the ending, which make me deeply uncomfortable. The close relationship between the boys is lovely up to a point, but I'm troubled by the message sent to young readers at the end. Vague, I know, but, well, spoilers. ( )
  electrascaife | Oct 30, 2019 |
A fairly serious children's book that has parallels with real life and was under some controversy for it. The books opens with our introduction to the younger of two brother, who is sickly, and his older brother, adored by everyone. (Spoiler) Both brothers die and the bulk of the story is their adventure in the afterlife.

It's a lovely book, but feels dark at times because of the atmosphere of war happening in the land of the afterlife. It's difficult to describe, but as a books it manages to be both happy and sad at the same time, charming in it's way, but feels very down to earth for a story told in an imaginary land. Jonathan is the ideal hero and little Karl tries to help him confront the evil they find in the land of the Sagas. ( )
  WeeTurtle | Dec 10, 2018 |
This book has the most brilliant beginning. Narrator Karl is ten, living in poverty in yesteryear Sweden...and he's dying. The moment when he overhears this fact, the terror and sadness are allayed by his wonderful older brother promising him a wonderful time 'on the other side'. But this fabled other world is no land of angels and harps, but an adventurous world of sagas and campfires, the land of Nangiyala.
(Spoiler alert) Yet things don't quite work out that way; after a house fire, in which the elder 'Lionheart' brother, Jonathan, saves his invalid sibling's life, it is in fact he who arrives there first. When Karl eventually meets him, it is in a glorious land, but one ravaged by an evil force...
A bit CS Lewis, but the reader can't help seeing similarities with the rise of Nazism: evil overlords in helmets building walls, enforcing curfews, issuing death sentences and despoiling the villagers; locals turning traitor...albeit with dragons, sea serpents etc adding to the drama.
Certainly a religious sub-text, which the reader can engage with or ignore.
And an absolutely brilliant and beautiful ending, which takes the reader (who thinks all is now well) entirely by surprise. Fabulous! ( )
  starbox | Oct 8, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Astrid Lindgrenprimary authorall editionscalculated
Helakisa, KaarinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lambert, J. K.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Morgan, JillTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tate, JoanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Törnqvist-Verschuur… RitaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wikland, IlonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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