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Last Letter Home: The Emigrant Novels Book 4 (The Emigrant Novels / Vilhelm Moberg, Book 4) Paperback – September 15, 1995
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Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Original Language: Swedish
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In the first volume, "The Emigrants", the author details the emigration of a Swedish family to the New World, 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 first book in this four part opus 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. The focus of the first book is on their life in Sweden. Gathering up family and friends of the family, the Nilssons decide to take the monumental step of making a fresh start by emigrating to the new world, specifically the United States of America.
The second volume, "Unto a Good Land", focuses on the arrival of the Nilsson family and friends in the United States of America. It details their journey from New York, a journey that was to take them across the Midwest by rail, steamer, and foot, to arrive in the wilds of what would one day be the State of Minnesota. It is in this wilderness that the Nilsson family and friends would homestead and struggle to make a new home.Read more ›
This book is the fourth and final book of the Emigrants series. Crowning the masterful first three books, this book continues to show Vilhelm Moberg as one of the great authors of the Twentieth Century. As before, the characters are so human, that I found myself suffering with them, and sharing their joy. I wish that I could do justice to these books, but fear that I am not eloquent enough to convey just how wonderful they are. If I could recommend any books above all others that I have reviewed, it would be the Emigrants books. Please consider reading these books!
[For those of you with young children, I would like to recommend the Kirsten books in the American Girls series. Written for young readers (primarily girls), it tells the story of a Swedish family that immigrates to Minnesota in 1854.]
It is the Sioux uprising which threatens settlers in Minnesota. Danjel and his oldest son fall victim to their savagery.
The final book is fatalistic. Moberg takes Karl Oskar and Kristina to the end of their lives. Kristina dies following a miscarriage. It was after a doctor told her she could endure no more pregnancies. Karl Oskar and Ulrika have bitter words as to whose fault it was.
Karl Oskar's loss causes him to retreat within himself. He raises four sons and two daughters alone. Old age follows, as do grandchildren. The Swedish settlers begin to lose their character, intermarrying to create a race of Americans. The melting pot!
We hear the strains of Like An Angel Passing Through My Room as Karl Oskar, recalling his past, awaits death. The last letter to Sweden, written by a neighbor, informs Karl Oskar's sister of his death in 1890 at age 67. The series spans 46 years.
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These books provided insight into the life of my grandparents who emigrated from Sweden to Minnesota. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Lyla E.
I'm doing a family history and some of my family came from Sweden. From Moberg's books I'm not only learning of their life in Sweden, but of their life when they came to America.Published 8 months ago by Joyce I. Bant
A Swede on eBay suggested this series to me. I have a Swedish heritage and found the books so interesting and informative. Loved them all!Published 9 months ago by Janniegirl
Please read all four books in the series, in order. Well worth your time. I loved them.
(Plz see my review of the first book in the series.)
My Swedish ancestors came to Minnesota during this time. Many of their experiences were similar. I could see how the wilderness and religious values shape them, my parents and my... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Russ Johnson
Big disappointment. Too much redundancy. Could have been a much shorter book. I loved the story though.Published 16 months ago by Marsha E