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The Emigrants: The Emigrant Novels: Book I Paperback – September 15, 1995
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Book One introduces Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson, their 3 young children, and 11 others who make up a resolute party of Swedes fleeing the poverty, religious persecution, and social oppression of Smaland in 1850.
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Other books I plan to read soon: Giants in the Earth by Rolvaag; I think maybe I did an oral book report on this in 10th grade and got an A+. And I picked up used copies of two books by Trygve Gulbranssen about Norway: Beyond Sing the Woods was one I bought approximately 15 years ago and LOVED, and more recently I bought his next book The Wind from the Mountains. Now I will read the pair. Wish these Gulbranssen books were available in ebook format; i invite you to click on the link on Amazon to tell the publisher to digitize them. If you are fond of reading about days gone by, try Lorna Doone, which is another one on my "should read it again" list.
I feel like Karl Oscar and Kristina are my personal friends--especially after reading the books about them, seeing and American movie about them and listening to tapes of KRISTINA AV DUVEMÅLA. (all in Swedish, but very beautiful.) I think that the history Moberg records doesn't apply just to Swedish immigrants, but to those who came from other parts of Europe.
This book pretty much dashed all of my hunches. The author paints a really vivid – and I must say stark – picture of conditions in Sweden that essentially forced my ancestors to look at North America as a survival option. He also reveals in again STARK detail the conditions that travelers to the New World endured.
Want to appreciate your ancestors' struggles and sacrifices? This is your book.
The author does a terrific job of bringing the characters and their struggles to life. Few books I have read have done such a good job at character development. The writing style (as translated, at least) somehow is remarkably powerful despite its simple, straight forward, matter-of-fact nature. It's a truly engulfing story in history.
I had trouble putting the book down. In fact, I even had dreams about it.
You should get this book! You will enjoy it. I can't wait to read the rest of the book in the series.
As a memory I wanted all my American / Ethiopian friends and relatives to come to know all newcomers hardships and dfficulties.To read the Emigrants is a goood help. I think, such problems are very much the same in which country or generation you will start out your new life. Noone , as far as I know , can explain such feelings as good as Moberg was able to. I¨m proud of him and also proud of my dear contacts in USA. So I ordered four books, one to each family.
Still I havn't heard if they got them or not...... but I have paid for the books and very soon I will send them some greetings !! That will remind them and hopefully they have had time to read this extraordinary good book!
Kindly regards, Kerstin Skyggeson.