"A firmly woven tapestry of harsh texture wrought by a master sure in his choice of strong fiber and of color, telling with heroic gesture and intricate design its legend of simple people struggling in the eternal coil of unwitting life." -- Times Literary Supplement (London)
"A moving narrative of pioneer hardship and heroism...The background of the boundless Dakota prairie, with its mysterious distances and its capacity for evil, is painted with alternating beauty and grimness." -- -- Atlantic Monthly
"The fullest, finest, and most powerful novel that has been written about pioneer life in America." -- -- The Nation
O. E. Rölvaag was born in 1876. His books include Peder Victorious and Their Fathers' God. He died in 1931.
This is an extraordinary novel of Norwegian immigrants adapting to life on the South Dakota prairie. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Susan Odonnell
My great grandparents homesteaded in SD. 100% Norwegian. I couldn't wait to read the book. The book was well written but it was hard to follow what year it really was. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Bjerke
An excellent book! I really enjoyed it. My Grandfather was also a pioneer and homesteaded his farm, so this book gave me good insight into what life was like for my grandfather... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pat Sweet
A wonderful story about Norwegian immigrants. I highly recommend it, especially if your family were also immigrants from another country as mine were.Published 2 months ago by kim wooster
Not wild about this one. It loses something in the translation and the ending was very abrupt and disappointing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bruce M. Stanley, Sr.
I first read this some 60-odd years ago as a college freshman. Re-reading it was a powerful experience. Read morePublished 2 months ago by PD Bell
This book was very dull and slow. Admittedly I only got about 1/4 of the way through and didn't so much quit it as just never did pick it back up. Read morePublished 3 months ago by alldenmik
O. E. Rolvaag’s great psychological study of immigrants settling the Great Plains begins with Giants in the Earth, a powerful depiction of the fortunes of Norwegian families trying... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rob Jacques
Story of courage, depression, creative thinking and work. Enjoyed the story's, wanted to shake sense into the selfish wife. The ending is disappointing.Published 3 months ago by Garnette R. Welch