Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Unto a Good Land (The Emigrants, #2)” as Want to Read:
Unto a Good Land (The Emigrants, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Unto a Good Land (The Emigrants #2)

by
4.26  ·  Rating Details ·  1,564 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
Considered one of Sweden's greatest 20th-century writers, Vilhelm Moberg created Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson to portray the joys and tragedies of daily life for early Swedish pioneers in America. His consistently faithful depiction of these humble people's lives is a major strength of the Emigrant Novels.

Moberg's extensive research in the papers of Swedish emigrants in
...more
Paperback, 402 pages
Published September 15th 1995 by Minnesota Historical Society Press (first published 1952)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg LarssonPippi Longstocking by Astrid LindgrenThe Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg LarssonThe Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg LarssonHunger by Knut Hamsun
Best Scandinavian and Nordic Literature
89th out of 975 books — 957 voters
The Book Thief by Markus ZusakGone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellThe Pillars of the Earth by Ken FollettThe Help by Kathryn StockettA Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Recommended Historical Fiction
406th out of 2,271 books — 2,377 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 2,340)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Zack
Utvandrarna från Ljuder socken i Småland har äntligen nått sitt nya hemland – det stora Nordarmerika. Tillsammans beger de sig till Minnesota där en av de medresande har sin son. Där ämnar sig Karl Oskar hitta mark för att börja sitt liv som en amerikansk bonde och försörja sin familj. Hans reskamrater, även Kristina, tvivlar stundtals på honom då det visar sig vara långt till Minnesota men i Karls Oskar sinne vilar minnet efter hans avlidna dotter Anna vilar fortfarande tungt och han vägrar att ...more
BookSweetie
Jan 06, 2014 BookSweetie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic-fiction
This second of Moberg's four book series on 19th century emigration from Sweden to Minnesota continues to be fascinating. The author follows various characters, among them illiterate or barely literate peasants from Smaland who have left Sweden and traveled in 1850 to America to settle.

Early on in this Volume (2), Karl Oskar (a key figure), Kristina, Robert, Arvid, Danjel, Ulrika,and the others are caught in red tape in the harbor of New York for a few days before they undertake the slow westw
...more
Joseph Sverker
Äntligen har jag börjat komma in i den här serien. Jag kan inte alls påstå att första boken var dålig. Den var bara inte tillräckligt bra för att jag skulle bli helt och hållet indragen i berättelsen. Och hade det inte varit för statusen på den här serien så hade jag väl kanske inte varit så mån om att fullfölja läsningen. Men nu har jag tänkt att göra det hur som helst och jag är lättad över att berättarkvaliteten har ökat i den här boken. Mobergs berättande är mer välarbetat och har inte fullt ...more
Mika Harjula
Nov 25, 2015 Mika Harjula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Den andra delen av serien och resan till Amerika har nått sitt destinationsland, men vägen till Minnesota är fortfarande lång och svår. Här får serien en sidoberättelse som handlar om Robert och Arvid, som har bestämt sig att fortsätta sin resa mot västkusten för att hitta guld och rikedomar.

Boken är inte lika känslofylld som den första tycker jag, men väl konsekvent i språk och berättarstil. Däremot börjar serien få en fast handling, mönster och beteende. Ändrar karaktär och är mer rörlig. Det
...more
Mänsomläser
Karl-Oskar som kånkat sten för att bruka en liten åkerplätt hemma i Småland kommer till USA där marken är orörd och sträcker sig längre än man kan föreställa sig.

Moberg beskriver nästan invandringen som ett äventyr. Jag kommer att tänka på när man var liten och lekte i skogen, var ute på upptäcksfärd och gick längre hemifrån än någonsin tidigare. Jag var helt fast i boken innan första sidan är färdigläst. Ett större äventyr än att starta på ruta ett i ett nytt, nästintill obefolkat land är svårt
...more
Ylva
Aug 21, 2016 Ylva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first of three parts took me a long time to finish. It told about the emigrants' journey from their home in Sweden to America. There was misery, hopelessness, boredom and few important events took place. It was like a long wait for something to come. The writing was somehow slow, and maybe it had to be so to describe the experience of the characters correctly. One reason why this part took me so long could also be that I read the first book a long time ago and had to get aqcuainted with the ...more
Melody
Apr 08, 2014 Melody rated it it was amazing
This was an excellent book. One person called it a documentary novel. I have read a lot of books about immigrants and early settlers but I was struck in this book by how language played such a pivotal role in the settlers ability to move across the ocean, the land, and through the towns. It was interesting to see how their preconceptions changed to new erroneous impressions in their first year inAmerica. Impressions formed by what they saw, experienced, were told by others and by their imaginati ...more
Tanja Berg
Aug 02, 2011 Tanja Berg rated it really liked it
Bok nummer två om Karl Oskar och Kristina, som utvandrade från Sverige med sina barn för att få ett bättre liv. De har kommit till New York och sätter sig ut på resan till Minnesota, där de ska slå sig ner. Det är en lång väg, men till sist kommer de fram och slår sig ned på en ödslig plats bredvid en sjö. Karl Oskar är övertygad om att framtiden ser ljus ut, men Kristina har hemlängtan.



Det är otroligt att tänka sig att bara 160 år gått sedan det var så svårt att hålla sig i livet, hålla svälte
...more
Becky Straub
Mar 18, 2015 Becky Straub rated it really liked it
This sequel was as good as the first book. I'm having a hard time putting into words why this story is so compelling. It's quietly dramatic, has lovely pacing, and really great character development. The amount of work Moberg put into researching the history of this era is evident and appreciated.
Andrei Faur
Jul 30, 2015 Andrei Faur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Richard Schick
May 25, 2014 Richard Schick rated it really liked it
Book two of the series follows the families from New York to Minnesota and documents their first winter . Having arrived too late to get crops in the field and with barely enough time to construct adequate shelter, times are rough. The language barrier and poverty add to the obstacles.
Mark
May 07, 2015 Mark rated it really liked it
A tad bit better than the first in the series, Unto a Good Land is rooted not in Sweden, the beginning of this emigrant/immigrant tale by Moberg, but in New York and Minnesota. I actually rated the book at 4 and 1/2 stars. More at www.cloquetriverpress.com.
Mark
Connie
Aug 31, 2010 Connie rated it it was amazing
While I did not enjoy the first book in this series because I found it to be plodding, dark and depressing, I decided to continue with the series.

I really enjoyed the second book, Unto a Good Land. This title deals with the settlers first year in America and specifically Minnesota.

I know realize that life in Sweden for these emigrants must have been plodding, dark, depressing and probably hopeless. It is certainly clear why the Swedes were willing to suffer great risk and discomfort to escape S
...more
Shelly Leyden
Feb 29, 2016 Shelly Leyden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beloved-sagas
Hair of the dog, I thought. When so-called lighthearted reading failed to divert my troubled turn of mind, I sought a story of real suffering — and salvation. Recalling the family I got to know in The Emigrants (The Emigrants #1), I took up the second book of this 4-part series and was instantly swept away. I followed ~16 Swedes from New York to Taylor's Falls, Minnesota, forgetting my first-world problems in favor of their basic physical and emotional survival. I liked the first book, but bega ...more
Nancy
Jun 29, 2014 Nancy rated it really liked it
I continue to be enthralled by stories of early settlers from Sweden in Minnesota. Finding the place names on today's maps only makes their lives seem more real. They make it through that first winter, though barely, as they arrived when it was long past time to plant and harvest. I can't wait to continue the saga to find out the rest of the story.
Laurie
Dec 30, 2010 Laurie rated it it was amazing
Another book I regularly re-read. In this volume Karl Oscar begins in earnest his new life in the wilderness of territorial Minnesota. The book begins with the family's arrival in the New York of 1850 and the long and fairly arduous journey to Chisago Lake. The triumph Karl Oscar feels when he pushes his stick into the ground and finds NO ROCKS is quite palpable. (If you ever visit Kronoberg in Sweden and see the heart-breaking fields full of huge erratics pushed to one side to enable a bit of p ...more
Janelle
Jan 18, 2010 Janelle rated it it was amazing
I cannot rave enough about The Emigrant Series, by Vilhelm Moberg. Unto a Good Land is book 2 of 4. Moberg is a Swedish writer who published the first volume in 1949; the others quickly followed. They chronicle a group of Swedes immigrating to the U.S. (Minnesota).

I find the narrative storyline to be compelling - I always want to know what will happen next with this cast of characters struggling to better their lives. I find the writing to be reminiscent of Steinbeck - lyrically descriptive, of
...more
Kristi
Aug 08, 2015 Kristi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this second book a bit more compelling than the first. Though I kind of expected that since this second installment was a little less about the travel and more about the settling.

Now, if I can find similar editions of books three and four...
Clara Strömberg
Same as the first one, a slow read at times but with engaging characters and real, and actually quite beautiful, portrayals of emotions.
Marija
Jan 01, 2015 Marija rated it really liked it
Well written book about a group of Swedish settlers who come to Minnesota and the adventures they encounter along the way.
Pat Tucker
Jun 29, 2010 Pat Tucker rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, the second out of four, in the Emigrant series. It takes place in 1850 when Karl Oskar and Kristina Nilsson and their children and other immigrants arrive in NYC from Sweden. They journey to the Minnesota Territory and claim 160 acres. I thought a lot about my own ancestry--my grandfather who came from Germany and my great grandparents who came from Scotland. How did they feel? What was hard about their move? Did they ever see parents and siblings again? And so on. The ...more
Joyce Olij
Jun 26, 2016 Joyce Olij rated it really liked it
This was not as good as the first book, but still a good read.
Tom Grimeton
Jun 19, 2016 Tom Grimeton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great historical story about Swedes moving to America.
Carol
Jun 29, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it
grown up "little house in the big woods." Enjoying this historical fiction series.
Evi
Didn't finish this one. Found myself skimming pages so I dropped it. A tad boring.
Kaijsa
Feb 22, 2011 Kaijsa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2011
Five stars for the following reasons: The writing is excellent and the story is very real. I have ancestors from Smalland, Sweden and others who actually made this journey so the family connection makes this book that much more interesting, insightful, meaningful, etc. for me. No vampires or magic or strange societies, but lots of real life: husbands and wives, babies, friends, struggles to survive. Plenty to laugh at, plenty to cry at, all wonderfully told. Can't wait for the library to buy me ...more
Katherine
Jun 24, 2012 Katherine rated it really liked it
Second in the series about the Nillson's quest to settle in Minnesota in the 1850's. Moberg did a great job of writing in a language and style that are approachable 50 years later (or maybe his translator did, as it was originally written in Swedish). Book 2 finds the family at their destination, but they must pick their plot of land, build their house and live through a winter with no prior harvest. I liked this book as much as the first and look forward to reading the rest of the series (hint ...more
Ann Rutkoski
Jul 25, 2016 Ann Rutkoski rated it really liked it
I continue to enjoy Mr. Moberg's saga of a group of Swedish immigrants settling in Minnesota in the 1850s. (There are 2 more books in the series.)
Jan Pocestnej
Mar 26, 2016 Jan Pocestnej rated it it was amazing
Je několik způsobů, jak udělat v knize hrdinu. Hrdina se může hrdinou jednoduše narodit (Sirotčinec slečny Peregrinové), může se stát hrdninou z oběti (Hunger Games) nebo se může narodit jako hrdina a oběť najednou (Harry Potter). Tyto laciné a hloupé způsoby tady nečekejte. Hrdina se stává hrdinou tím, že prokáže vyjmečnou odvahu, podnikavost, umíněnost, ale třeba i lidskost a pospolitost. Takovéto příběhy jsou v evropské literatuře hodně vzácné.
Pamela Grover
Aug 05, 2015 Pamela Grover rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Really enjoy learning about our Swedish ancestors and the challenges they experienced. As a Minnesotan, it is especially dear to me as the book tells of the emigrants eventually settling in Minnesota. Looking forward to reading book 3 of the 4-book series now.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 77 78 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
The ocean trip from Sweden to U.S. 1 10 May 24, 2009 01:33PM  
  • Barn av sin stad (Stadserien, #2)
  • Jerusalem
  • Kvinnor och äppelträd
  • The Christmas Oratorio
  • Hemsöborna
  • Den allvarsamma leken
  • Sjukdomen (Torka aldrig tårar utan handskar, #2)
  • Kulla-Gulla (Kulla-Gulla, #1)
  • Brobyggarna
  • Dikter och prosa 1954–2004
  • Norrtullsligan
  • Världens dåligaste språk: Tankar om språket och människan idag
  • Lasermannen: En berättelse om Sverige
  • Gömda: en sann historia
95947
Vilhelm Moberg was a Swedish author, best known for his Emigrant series of novels about Swedish emigrants to America. He also wrote other novels and plays and also participated in public debates about the Swedish monarchy, bureaucracy, and corruption.
More about Vilhelm Moberg...

Other Books in the Series

The Emigrants (4 books)
  • The Emigrants (The Emigrants, #1)
  • The Settlers (The Emigrants, #3)
  • The Last Letter Home (The Emigrants, #4)

Share This Book



– I have a letter for you, mister Nelson.
Mister Abbot drog ut en låda under disken, plockade i en bunt brev tills han fick tag uti ett litet fyrkantigt, gråblått kuvert:
– Here it is! Yes, mister Nelson.
Karl Oskar strålade upp när han kände igen brevet: Det var den sorts kuvert som de nyttjade därhemma.
Han sträckte ut handen efter det.
– Fifteen cents!
Den långe skotten höll brevet i tumgreppet, men räckte det inte åt svensken på andra sidan disken:
– Fifteen cents, sir!
– What menar you, mister Abbot…?
Karl Oskar nyttjade sin engelska. Varför lämnade inte postmaster Abbot ifrån sig hans brev? Ville han ha betalt för att han hade haft hand om det – vad menade han med de där femton cents?
– You have to pay fifteen cents in postage due, mister Nelson!
Postmästaren i Taylors Falls höll fortfarande det lilla gråblå kuvertet kvar i sin högra hand, emellan tummen och pekfingret, medan han med vänstra handens pekfinger visade på frimärkena i högra hörnet. Och Karl Oskar Nilsson hade fortfarande sin hand utsträckt efter brevet från Sverige.
Så trodde han sig förstå: Brevet var inte betalt. Han måste lösa det med femton cents.
Men han hade inte en enda cent.
– Yes, sir?
Mister Abbot väntade med orörliga anletsdrag och med brevet i handen, han höll det i ett fast, säkert grepp, som om han varit rädd att tappa det eller bli fråntagen det med våld. Men Abbot var inte en man som tappade något eller som blev fråntagen något med våld.
– No… No… Invandraren prövade landets språk. Jag can’t i dag… Not today… No… Har not… Not an cent.
Och för att postmastern säkert skulle förstå, att han inte hade några pengar satte han händerna i byxlommarna och drog upp fodret: Tomt!
Postmästaren blev beklagande i rösten:
– No cash, mister Nelson? Sorry! I have to keep your letter.
Han lade åter ner brevet i lådan under sin disk.
Karl Oskar hade sträckt ut handen efter brevet från Sverige men fick dra den tom tillbaka – han stack ner den i sin tomma byxficka.”
0 likes
More quotes…