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The Brothers Lionheart by Astrid Lindgren

The Brothers Lionheart (1975)

by Astrid Lindgren

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English (14)  Swedish (3)  Finnish (2)  Danish (2)  Dutch (1)  French (1)  Spanish (1)  All languages (24)
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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 |
A wonderful children's book which I re-read now after about 25 years. It does appear a little gloomy, particularly at the beginning, but with a bit of parental guidance, it really is a lovely book full of imagination, heroic deeds, etc. I would say this is my second favourite (together with "Madita") after "Ronja Räubertochter". ( )
  StefanieCaeners | Apr 3, 2018 |
Kaarle "Korppu" on sairas 10-vuotias poika, joka ihailee suuresti kolme vuotta vanhempaa isoveljeään Joonatania. Tulipalon iskiessä veljesten kotiin Joonatan pelastaa veljensä, mutta kuolee itse suojellessaan pikkuveljeään. Ennen kuolemaansa Joonatan ehti kertoa Nangijala-nimisestä maailmasta, jonne voi päästä kuoleman jälkeen. Korppu kuolee myöhemmin sairauteensa, mutta ilokseen päätyy Nangijalaan ja tapaa veljensä. Elämä Nangijalassa tuntuu aivan unelmalta, kunnes Tengil-niminen henkilö alkaa sortaa Nangijalan rauhaa. Veljekset joutuvat mukaan taisteluun, jotta rauha palaisi takaisin Nangijalaan. ( )
  JuliaVi | Dec 3, 2015 |
Karl is dying. His older brother, Jonathan, comforts him with stories about the hereafter, a place he names as Nangiyala. Oddly, Jonathan dies first and Karl goes a little later. They arrive in Nangiyala, but it is a place of treachery and deceit. Jonathan and Karl have several adventures and then die again, this time headed for a new and better afterlife. ( )
  debnance | Jul 27, 2014 |
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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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There's no one Karl Lion loves more than his older brother, Jonathan, who is brave, strong, and handsome - everything Karl believes he is not. Karl never wants to be parted from him. But Karl is sick, and knows he's going to die. To comfort him, Jonathan tells him stories of Nangiyala, the wonderful place he'll be going to when he dies, and where he will wait until Jonathan is ready to join him there. Then the unthinkable happens ...Jonathan is killed in an accident. Heartbroken, Karl longs for the day he'll be reunited with his brother. When the time comes, he finds Nangiyala just as wonderful as he'd imagined. However, Nangiyala is under threat. A cruel tyrant is determined to claim it as his own, and at his command is a terrible beast that is feared throughout the land. Karl must summon all of his courage to help his brother prepare for the battle that lies ahead ...'I adored Astrid Lindgren as a child' Francesca Simon, author of the 'Horrid Henry' books.

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Two brothers share many adventures after their death when they are reunited in Nangiyala, the land from which sagas come.

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