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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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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 4 (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press; New edition edition (September 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873513223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873513227
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vilhelm Moberg (1898-1972) was one of Sweden's greatest writers of the twentieth century and is well known for his remarkable "The Emigrants" (1949), a four-volume epic of Swedish immigration to America.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 1, 2004
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This is the last volume in a quartet of books by one of Sweden's greatest authors. Translated from Swedish into English, this work of historical fiction was originally published in 1961. Aptly titled, "Last Letter Home", it is the final epic in a four part opus, the first three of which are "The Emigrants", "Unto a Good Land", and "The Settlers". One should read them in the order in which they were written for maximum reading pleasure, even though each book can stand on its own.
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.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Margaret M. Wildt on August 22, 2001
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This is one of those novels you savor. A novel you will never forget. This one is translated from the Swedish and it loses nothing in the translation. It is helpful, however, to read the three books before this novel. It is the fourth book in the saga, although it isn't absolutely necessary. This novel holds up very well on its own. Thank You!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Jackson on May 16, 2012
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My ancestors emigrated from Sweden in the late 1800's. I read all of the books in the series. These books gave me insight into what my great grandparents may have experienced. When main character Karl Oskar said "I'm doing this for my grandchildren's' grandchildren", their story became even more personal to me. The last book in the series "The Last Letter Home", was as wonderful as the previous three.

It's stunning to read what these brave people suffered, how difficult their lives were, what women had to bear. It was sometimes heartbreaking to read these books, sometimes uplifting and inspring. "The Last Letter Home" ended the story in a very satisfying way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jim Colyer on February 21, 2008
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When the Civil War begins, Karl Oskar tries to join the Union army, but is rejected because of his bad leg. Kristina is relieved as she opposes war in general.

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Hohmann on April 25, 2012
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and if I had not thought they were excellent, I would have stopped at book one. So, why not 5 stars? Mainly because things get very "wordy" at times, and a bit repetative. Yes Kristina, we know you miss the Old Country, but I don't need to be told this 30 times. We get to really "see" the main charactors, even their thoughts (fears, dreams, religious doubtes and beliefs, etc.), but some may find this boring (I did not). This series should appeal to every fan of historical fiction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Indiana Girl on March 9, 2014
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Whether Swedish or not, anyone who had ancestors who immigrated to the US or Canada in the mid 1850's will find this series of books eye-opening and will give them a new respect for those who came to this "mysterious" new land.
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The Series of Vilhelm Moberg books are a wonderful look into the lives of a Swedish Family leaving the homeland, traveling across the Alantic Ocean, their arrival in New York and then traveling by trains, boats and walking and starting a new life in a new country. You must start with book No.1 and read through the whole series to enjoy the experiences of the family through the journey.

Most of the people that came to America before 1900 suffered greatly and this series of books allows the reader to see the struggles they went through to become citizens in America.

Vilhelm Moberg taps into the inner thoughts of each family member and allows the reader to really become involved with their lives.The Last Letter Home is a "tear-jerker" as it tells of the lives and death of the last of the Swedish Family. I became really involved with the series and cried as I finished the series. I am a male age 72 and really enjoyed the books.I hope you will find the series as great as I did.
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