The Emigrants

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Minnesota Historical Society Press, 1995 - Fiction - 366 pages
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This title 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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Read only the introduction and I love it already. - Goodreads
The pace was plodding. - Goodreads
The writing is great; balanced, patient. - Goodreads
Strong, painful pictures filled with emotions. - Goodreads
This was my January selection for my book club. - Goodreads
Another Nordic writer. - Goodreads

Review: The Emigrants (The Emigrants #1)

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Enjoyed learning about some of the conditions that led Swedes to emigrate to America in the 1800's. They gave up every thing they had in Sweden and took on the risk of sailing to the New World. The ... Read full review

Review: The Emigrants (The Emigrants #1)

User Review  - Sandra Lohrens - Goodreads

Picked this up at a train station hidden amongst a collection of harlequin romances. It was more than worth the embarrassment of missing my stop. Of course I had to have the full set of four after reading The Emigrants. Yes, Swedish heritage, yes homestead farming - I could relate. Read full review

Contents

KING IN HIS STONE KINGDOM
3
THE FARMHAND WHO DROWNED
20
WHAT THE BEDBUGS IN A STABLE ROOM
35
KARL OSKAR AND KRISTINA
55
AKE RETURNS FROM THE INSANE ASYLUM
66
SUITABLE CHASTISEMENT
77
ABOUT A WHEAT FIELD AND A BOWL
91
WITH GODS HELP AND THROUGH
109
FORTY PACES LONG AND EIGHT PACES WIDE
208
A CARGO OF DREAMS
226
HAPPENINGS ON BOARD THE SHIP
250
THE SHIP WAS COVERED WITH WAVES
266
A BUSHEL OF EARTH FROM SWEDEN
285
AT HOME AND AWAY
293
STORIES ON THE AFTERDECK
298
IT WAS CALLED SHIPSICKNESS
307

THE AM ERICA CHEST
127
A PEASANT BOWS FOR THE LASTTIME
153
ONE EMIGRANT PAYS NO FARE
164
ALL GATES OPEN ON THE ROAD TO AMERICA
174
PART TWO Peasants at
195
THE CHARLOTTA OF KARLSHAMN
197
STORYTOLD ATTHE MAIN HATCH
316
PEASANTS AT SEA
324
A LONG NIGHT
335
ANOTHER THREE SHOVELFULS OF EARTH FROM SWEDEN
348
SAILING TOWARD MIDSUMMER
355
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The Emigrants (1949) is the first volume of Moberg's internationally famous tetralogy describing the lives of Swedish emigrants in the nineteenth century. The Last Letter Home (1959) completes this psychologically penetrating and historically accurate treatment of Swedish settlement in Chisago County, Minnesota. Moberg's strident individualism and enduring empathy with the common people are also seen in A Time on Earth (1962), in which the old Swedish-American Albert Carlson assesses his life as death approaches. In Scandinavia, Moberg is famous as a historian and dramatist as well as a novelist. His History of the Swedish People (1970--71), of which two volumes were completed when he died in 1973, depicts in characteristically vivid language the life of the common folk---in sharp contrast to that of kings and nobility---throughout Sweden's history.

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