I’m reading Jerusalem by Selma Lagerlöf. It’s about how a Christian revival movement splits a small, Swedish village in the late 19th century as they emigrate to Jerusalem: inspired by a similar event that occured only a few years before the book was published.
As good books do, it comes at this by caring for its characters. The first part (it was originally released in two) is all about showing why a group of people would enter this movement. All reasons are treated with respect, even a few supernatural revelations that Lagerlöf doesn’t attempt to give explanations for: what matters is that they are real to the characters.
At the same time, it does not shy away from showing the pain that this split causes the community. Families and bethothed are torn apart as both sides’ faiths are tried. And for all the good intentions that the revivalist movement has, it shows moments of hypocricy as some people are left behind for not fitting in completely.
I’ve only gotten a bit into when the group reaches Jerusalem (the second of the two parts), but it’s been a terrific read so far.
That seems very interesting. I’ll pick it up once I’m finished with my current read.