The Emigrants

The Emigrants

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by Vilhelm Moberg
     
 

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Book One introduces Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson, their 3 young children, and 11 others who make up a resolute party of Swedes fleeing the poverty, religious persecution, and social oppression of Smaland in 1850.

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Book One introduces Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson, their 3 young children, and 11 others who make up a resolute party of Swedes fleeing the poverty, religious persecution, and social oppression of Smaland in 1850.

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Library Journal - Library Journal
Published between 1951 and 1961, Moberg's four-volume "Emigrant" epic offers the saga of the Swedish immigrant's role in the settling of the American frontier.
Booknews
**** Cited in BCL3, with two--not all three--of its companions. The English translation of the Emigrant Novels was published by Simon & Schuster between 1951 & '61. Also reprinted by the Minnesota Historical Society Press are the other titles: Unto a Good Land, bk.2; The Settlers, bk.3; and The Last Letter Home, bk.4. Moberg regarded this as a single work on the privations & durability of the Swedish immigrants to Minnesota beginning in 1850. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873513197
Publisher:
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date:
09/01/1995
Series:
Emigrant Novels Series , #1
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
156,705
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.30(d)

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Emigrants 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can imagine that this is how it was for my own swedish relatives.
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porchswingreader More than 1 year ago
I bought this only because it was recommended by my daughter. It took me a while to get into it, but I really enjoyed the book. I got very involved with the Nilson family and all the other characters and felt their journey. I'm starting on the second in the series now and enjoying it, too. The author does an excellent job of giving the reader a feel for what the Swedes were going through.
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This series gives an excellent overview of the immigration of this family from Sweden. Would highly recommend to anyone who is interested in learning more about Swedish ancestors and the beginning of their lives in the USA.
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If you have any interest in the reasons for why the Swedes emigrated this is the book! Moberg is descibing the landscape as it really was, I have lived in Smaland, Sweden part of my life and all fences in this part of Sweden are made of stones that were picked up from the fields the farmers wanted to use. There are still a lot of stones! Still it is written like a novel and it is exciting to follow all the problems each of the persons had in Sweden which is different for each one of them and why and how they made their decisions to emigrate. Moberg has a way of making you feel like you are one of the persons and you just do not want to put the book down until you have read it to the end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I chose Swedish Immigration for a high school Junior Theme research paper. I chose The Emigrants because it looked interesting and fit perfectly into my thesis. While reading the book I fell in love with the characters and the adventures that they undertook on their voyage to America. I laughed, I cried, I truly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the next books in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has truly been a classic in Swedish literature ever since it was first published about fifty years ago. Even though the characters are fictional, the story in itself tells more about the situation for the Swedish emigrants who came to America then any historical book of facts. The author did an extensive historical research before starting his work on the ¿Emigrant¿ epic. I would highly recommend it for all Swedish-Americans who would like to know something about their heritage.