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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.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Swedish
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  • Series: The Emigrant Novels / Vilhelm Moberg, Book 1 (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press; New edition edition (September 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873513193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873513197
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Very engaging. Makes you appreciate what people went through to get to America. Gives you a feel for what peoples experiences were in the Old World & how different things were. We take so many things for granted. I am Swedish & from Minnesota, but I think that the book has lessons to teach beyond Swedes & Minnesotans. This book gives a voice to ordinary people who make up the bulk of who our immigrant ancestors were. One word of caution - these books are addicting - I couldn't stop with the first. Two weeks after cracking open the first page of Book 1, I've finished Book IV.
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How wonderful to hear the story of our ancestors through the writing of one of Swedens best writers. We follow a group of emigrating Swedes closely as they make the enormous move from Sweden to America. This emigrant epic reminds you of how things have been, and who Americans are. I emigrated from Sweden to America like they did, only more than a hundred years later. Foremost, I feel that Moberg captures the torn inside of an emigrant fenomenally, many tears were shed while reading of the torment Kristina feels. It's as true today as it ever was, and the author tells exactly how I and many others feel having left one land to be part of another. The books are splendid reading, you can't put them down.
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This book is must reading for anyone interested in genealogy who wants to understand why our ancestors came to America. I feel as if I now understand what life was like for my ancestors before they emigranted and how difficult the journey to America was. This book is extremely well written, easy to read, engaging and the character development makes you truly care about their fate. This is one of my favorite books. I recommend it most highly.
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I was born in Sweden and grew up in France (Swedish mom, French dad). I now live in the US and finally decided to read this book. I am currently starting the 3rd one and can not get my hand of it.

The Emigrants is an amazing piece of art, a book with so many themes, characters and information! The book is at times very grim, but also shows some strong optimism regarding condition improvement.

I would recommend this book to everybody with a Swedish background, but also anybody whose ancestors immigrated to America during the 19th century, and more generally anybody interested in the subject and looking for a great read. You'll get so attached to the Nilsson family you won't be able to stop reading.
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I read all four books in Swedish language and just couldn't put them down, although I am Austrian...my only connection to Sweden is that I lived there for one year. After having read this book I could understand much better the American society and how it developed, but also got a deeper insight into Swedish history. I am dying to see the musical "Kristina fran Duvemala"!!!
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Moberg's The Emigrants humanizes and personalizes the migration of Swedes to America through a description of the passage of rural farm folk who travel together on the difficult passage to New York in 1850. The story largely takes place in Sweden and aboard ship. Moberg's characters are humble, and yet insightful. Even during the gentle satire in which the author engages from time to time, the author never loses his deep sense of fellow feeling for the players in his historical novel. The novel is written in a spare, understated style, as might be heard in a long conversation with a trusted relative. Although the characters are chosen to show the disparate economic and religious reasons for emigration, Moberg never lets the need to tell a universal story stand in the way of the imperative to tell the story at hand. The novel is earthy, and in some instances vulgar, although the matter of fact tone and scrupulous avoidance of needless sensationalism gives these elements a realistic feel. Although the Swedish culture is a character in this book--and arguably the main character--the reader never feels as though the book will lose its way in the "set piece story about the great migration" dangers inherent in such a universal plot. Moberg understands the economic and spiritual needs that drive his characters to the voyage, but the Emigrants foreshadows that both economic and spiritual challenges await the travellers at their destination. Although we see much of man's inhumanity to man in this book, the tone does not overwhelm one with despair. This is a book to read to understand what happened three generations ago--and to speculate whether things have really changed spiritually three generations later, even as material prosperity has arrived.
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In 1998, Swedish author Wilhelm Moberg's series of four fact-based novels about a poor farming family leaving Sweden in the mid-1800s for the new, promised land of the United States of America was chosen the best Swedish book/s of the 20the century. As someone who grew up in Sweden with a great interest in both literature and history, and who later emigrated to the United States in 1982, I couldn't agree more. Read it, particularly if your roots are Scandinavian!
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This is an epic work by its Swedish author. Translated from Swedish into English, this beautifully written book of historical fiction was first published in the early nineteen fifties and met with rave reviews at the time. It is part of a four part opus, the first of which is "The Emigrants". It is followed by three additional books, "Unto a Good Land", "The Settlers", and "Last Letter From Home".

In this, the first volume, the author lays the ground work for the emigration of a Swedish family, grounding it in the reasons for the exodus of so many Swedes from their mother country in the middle of the 19th century. The focus of the book is on the family, relatives, and friends of Karl Oscar Nilsson, a peasant farmer who unceasingly worked his farm, only to find that, no matter what he did, he could not progress and would continue to live on the cusp of total poverty. Gathering up his family and friends of the family, he decides to take the monumental step of making a fresh start by emigrating to the new world, specifically the United States of America.

The book focuses on the set backs the Nilsson family encounters in Sweden, as it is their travails that act as the catalyst for such journey. The book grounds the reader in the Swedish social and religious mores of the time, and the impact that such would have on this particular group of people. The author enables the reader to understand why some would risk all to begin life anew in an unknown part of the world.

This book is the story of the first leg of their journey, which takes the reader through the nature of their lives in Sweden, the decision to make such a journey, and their sea voyage to the new world. I enjoyed the first volume so much that I look forward to continuing that journey with them by reading the remaining three volumes.
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