The settlers

Vilhelm Moberg, 1898-1973

Book - 1995

Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson struggle to prosper on their new farm in Minnesota during the 1850s. Kristina, coping with a feeling of loss for Sweden and the difficulty of adapting to a new land, draws strength from a new found spirituality. Karl Oskar brings more land under cultivation and harvests rye, wheat, and corn. Together they survive blizzards, grasshopper plagues, wildcat speculation in currnecy, and self-righteous neighbors.

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Domestic fiction
Historical fiction
St. Paul : Borealis Books, an imprint of Minnesota Historical Society Press 1995.
Main Author
Vilhelm Moberg, 1898-1973 (-)
Other Authors
Gustaf Lannestock (-), Roger McKnight, 1937-
Physical Description
xxix, 399 pages ; 21 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages xxvii-xxix).
  • Preface: The land they changed
  • Part one: foundation for growth
  • New axes ringing in the forest
  • The whore and the thief
  • Planning and planting
  • Guests in their own house
  • Man and woman in the territory
  • Starkodder the ox
  • Ulrika in her glory
  • "That Baptist ilk"
  • Hemlandet comes to the immigrants
  • Surveying the forest
  • The letter to Sweden
  • Part two: Gold and water
  • The march of the hundred thousand
  • A youth who is not young
  • But the returned gold seeker does not sleep
  • The first night
  • Robert's ear speaks
  • While the riches lay hidden in the house
  • The second night
  • Robert's ear speaks
  • The missing gold seeker
  • The third night
  • Robert's ear speaks
  • Wildcats of many breeds
  • The fourth night
  • Robert's ear speaks
  • The unget-at-able
  • The fifth night
  • Robert's ear speaks
  • Wildcat riches
  • A stream that runs toward greater waters
  • Part three: Blessed woman
  • The queen in the kitchen
  • The year fifty-seven
  • The letter from Sweden
  • Karl Oskar's followers
  • A blessed woman's prayer
  • Partners of America
  • If God doesn't exist ...
  • Prayer granted
  • To reconcile oneself with fate
  • The letter to Sweden.
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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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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