Unto A Good Land

Unto A Good Land

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by Vilhelm Moberg
     
 

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Considered one of Sweden's greatest 20th-century writers, Vilhelm Moberg created Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson to portray the joys and tragedies of daily life for early Swedish pioneers in America. His consistently faithful depiction of these humble people's lives is a major strength of the Emigrant Novels. Moberg's extensive research in the papers of Swedish

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Considered one of Sweden's greatest 20th-century writers, Vilhelm Moberg created Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson to portray the joys and tragedies of daily life for early Swedish pioneers in America. His consistently faithful depiction of these humble people's lives is a major strength of the Emigrant Novels. Moberg's extensive research in the papers of Swedish emigrants in archival collections, including the Minnesota Historical Society, enabled him to incorporate many details of pioneer life. First published between 1949 and 1959 in Swedish, these four books were considered a single work by Moberg, who intended that they be read as documentary novels. These new editions contain introductions written by Roger McKnight, Gustavus Adolphus College, and restore Moberg's bibliography not included in earlier English editions. Book 2 opens in the summer of 1850 as the emigrants disembark in New York City. Their journey to a new home in Minnesota Territory takes them by riverboat, steam wagon, Great Lakes steamship, and oxcart to Chisago County. "It's important to have Moberg's Emigrant Novels available for another generation of readers.”—Bruce Karstadt, American Swedish Institute

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873517140
Publisher:
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date:
06/30/2009
Series:
Emigrant Novels Series , #2
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
402
Sales rank:
123,076
File size:
808 KB

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Vilhelm Moberg was one of Sweden's greatest writers of the twentieth century.

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Unto a Good Land 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I devoured all 4 books in the series. The characters were so realistic, the experiences so believeable. I hated to finish the series, because I wanted more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was most interested to read this series of books, since my paternal ancestors came from Scandinavia about the time of these stories.  I have visited the birthplaces of my grandparents and always wondered why they left such beautiful places to come to a land where they knew no-one  and did not speak a word of the language once they arrived in America. I have learned now that there was not enough money or food to sustain a family a family on the small farms where they lived. This series of books is very true-to-life and a must for anyone who is interested in life as it was for their ancestors.  The stories will make you realize what hardships they went through in order to provide a better life for generations to come.
JohnsonL More than 1 year ago
Swedish author Vilhelm Moberg wrote a series of books, documenting the emigration of the people of his country to America in the late 1800's. These books are accurate accounts of the desperate need of these people to find freedom of religion and personal identity, as well as a more healthful and rewarding life. The day to day drama of life in a new country, their previous life in a small, worn out, tyrannically run country is a lesson in what our ancestors endured. Read all four, in order, for a true view of our ancestors. Being Norwegian, the letters of my forefathers during that time of their emmigration bear out this story.
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