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Sista brevet till Sverige (The Emigrants #4)

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Book Four portrays the Nilsson family during the turmoil of living through the era of the Civil War and Dakota Conflict and their prospering in the midst of Minnesota's growing Swedish community of the 1860s-90s.
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Published 1998 by Iris Förlag (first published 1959)
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blushenka
We had to go and leave our homes
Some died young, some died old,
The road was long but our hearts were strong
- no sorry, wait, that's the Kelly Family.

I would like to quote from the musical Kristina från Duvemåla, but I haven't heard it yet - it's on my to do list. Definitely is now, after reading this book. I'm sure Benny and Bjorn have done it justice.

Speaking of music inspired by this book, you should check out the song by Ultima Thule called Sista brevet hem, which is a beautiful ballad about
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BookSweetie
Jan 06, 2014 BookSweetie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Here is the 4th and final volume of the wonderful documentary fiction Emigrant Novels by Vilhelm Moberg, translated by Gustaf Lannestock (THE EMIGRANTS (1), UNTO A GOOD LAND (2), THE SETTLERS (3), and THE LAST LETTER HOME (4).

My five stars reflects the totality of the series. I do not have Swedish heritage, nor can I read Swedish, so I very much appreciate having these books translated into English. The copyright for the Lannestock translation of THE LAST LETTER HOME is 1961; the book was firs
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Bill
Nov 23, 2014 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the last book in a four-book series that I have greatly enjoyed. Following Karl Oscar and Kristina from Sweden to America circa. 1850 -- and then life in Minnesota -- has deepened my understanding of America's immigrant past. They seem almost like family now.
Joseph Sverker
Nu har jag skrivit så mycket om vad jag tycker om Mobergs serie om utvandrarna och den sista delen gör inget att ändra min åsikt. Det jag vill tillägga är att jag får mer belägg för att Moberg största motivation var att skildra nybyggarnas liv mer än att berätta en berättelse. Jag är inte exakt säker på hur många sidor romanserien överbryggar, men det är i varje fall närmre uppåt 2300. Jag skulle säga att en mer driven författare med en tydlig "plot" som den villa genomföra snarare än vilja skil ...more
Kaijsa
Apr 17, 2011 Kaijsa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
Quite different from the others, but very well done. I really enjoyed how the end was slow, as it was so appropriate. The first book of the series was fast-paced and all over the place, meant to be like youth. This book was slow and steady, often repeating things and meant to represent old age and the end of life. It was beautiful and poignant and touching and something I think I would enjoy again later in my life.
Jennie
Oct 08, 2012 Jennie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
On paper, these novels are quite possibly the complete opposite of every book I have ever loved... yet, I love them. I have read all 4 now in succession and this last one is shaping up to be the best. Good thing I googled "famous Swedish literature" before I traveled to Sweden, or I would have missed these last few months of reading pleasure. I will be sad to see Kristina and Karl Oskar go.
Mattias Bladmyr
Äntligen slut.....
Mänsomläser
När jag läste Jens Liljestrands förord till boken sjönk mina förväntningar dramatiskt. Jag hade hållit på boken länge och gottat mig åt att få återvända till denna härliga serie. Men han säljer den inte särskilt bra. Boken låter skittråkig, rent ut sagt.

Det är den inte som tur är. Att han avslöjar i princip samtliga viktiga händelser i boken i sitt förord irriterade mig, men jag hade inte räknat med det emotionella kapital jag har investerat i den här berättelsen. Att i förordet läsa att Kristin
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Alethea
May 19, 2012 Alethea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Swedish Americans, Swedes, people interested in historical fiction
I feel a little jipped. The only copy of this book held by the New York Public Library is (I believe) abridged. It contains an abridged version of "The Settlers," and then 150 or so pages of what should be "The Last Letter Home." Therefore, there are some things that I missed (based on some spoilers I read). That being said, though, the parts that are here are fantastic. I felt a little silly sitting in the library (the book was in library use only) crying, but the book deserved it.

It's interes
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Rosemary Cantrell
Jan 26, 2016 Rosemary Cantrell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series of books was written in Swedish and translated into English, so some of the language is a little less than smooth - and he repeats things a lot, which got on my nerves some. Even so, they were well worth reading and I enjoyed them all. This last was probably my least favorite, because they are finally settled on their Minnesota homestead and the story of their travel to America and beginning their homestead was more interesting to me.
Tanja Berg
"Sista brevet till Sverige" är sista boken i Vilhelm Mobergs utvandrar epos. Kristina sliter med hälsan och får besked av en doktor att hon inte får bli gravid. Hon förlitar sig hellre på sin Gud och dör efter ett missfall. Tidsmässigt sker detta mitt i Minnesotas grymma indianupplopp. Här kunden boken lika gärna ha slutat, men den fortsätter länge efteråt. Den forna skökan Ulrika som gifte sig med en pastor blev en rik kvinna efter hans bortgång. Karl-Oskar lever tills han blir 67 år gammal och ...more
Becky Straub
This was my least favorite of the quartet. Both the Civil War and the Minnesota Sioux uprising were described in great and horrific detail. However, the novel does follow Kristina and Karl Oskar all the way the to the end of their lives, which was a satisfying way to end the series.
Richard Schick
Jul 02, 2014 Richard Schick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The final volume uses rhe back drop of the Civil War and an Indian war to follow the protagonists though middle age until there deaths. Unlike many multi volume sagas, this one actually gets better with eaxh volume. Hated to reach the final page.
Janelle
Mar 15, 2010 Janelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As this is book 4 in The Emigrant Novels series, I've been with these characters for a while. I am sorry to part with them now.

This installment seems a bit more reflective than the others - fitting, as our main characters are aging and reflecting on their lives, choices, accomplishments, and legacies. I found Moberg's style reminiscent of Steinbeck's at times.

I was left wondering about a few key characters (whatever happened to Ulrika and her family?), but that also seems fitting. Do we ever wra
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Katherine
This, the fourth book in the series, didn't captivate me quite as much as the previous books. I grew tired of Moberg's stilted narrator style. Hopefully the original Swedish version was much less stiff. Very glad to have read the entire series and am looking forward to a trip to Lindstrom to see, through new eyes, the area that Karl Oskar settled.
Most striking to me was the fact that Karl Oskar felt that his grandchildren were of a new race since they were not pure Swedes. Some were half Irish,
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Aunt
May 24, 2009 Aunt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
I was really getting into this book, the last in a series, when I loaned it to my mother-in-law who has been reading the series as well. Well...she will finish it before I do. But I will be glad to get my hands on it again. I read about the main character (a homesteader farmer) who felt he really should get involved in the Civil War. His wife was relieved when he didn't pass the physical and had to stay with her and their young active family in Minnesota. There are good historical facts in the s ...more
Bill
A novelized account of the lives my Swedish ancestors might have lived. In 4 volumes.
Laurie
Dec 30, 2010 Laurie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the final book in the set, taking Karl Oscar and his family through the Sioux uprising and Civil War, through the death of Kristina in 1862 and on to the end of Karl Oscar's life in 1890. Karl Oscar Nilsson, Swede, has become Charles O. Nelson, American citizen. His children have forgotten their Swedish and turned into Americans. His grandchildren are mixtures: Swedish-Irish and so on. Thus in the end it falls to one of his neighbors, forty years after Karl Oscar left Sweden, to write th ...more
Vicki
Oct 15, 2014 Vicki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book kept my interest the whole way through. There was a lot of sorrow in their lives, but ultimately they endured
Tom
Oct 20, 2014 Tom rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good. A must if you want to know anything about how the Midwest was settled.
B.B.
Mar 27, 2011 B.B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I'm really surprised with this series. Now that I'm done with it, I just might have to favorite it. Moberg did the incredible thing of starting a series and making it get better and better with each book. Though, I still like the third one best. This had a good ending, I think. Kind of confusing about all his children, but good anyway. Finishing it felt complete. Like, yes, that's a great ending for this great series. Thanks Jessica, for lending them to me. :D
Mark
Jul 28, 2015 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A review of this book will appear on http://rurallitrally.org/ in a month or so. It will also appear on my blog, www.cloquetriverpress.com.
Peace.
Mark
Barbara
Nov 18, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, history
Moberg completes his series of four books about the emigrants, Karl Oskar and Kristina Nillson. They complete the transition to American citizens, vote, and endure the Civil War. The next generation completes the cycle, but Kristina struggles with a woman's lot: too many births, too much hard work. Remember how young she is. The series gives us great insights into the mindset of courageous and very human emigrants.
Kathleen
Jul 08, 2012 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Last Letter Home was a masterfully written conclusion to the Emigrant tetralogy, spiced with major historical events such as the Minnesota Dakota Sioux uprising and the Civil War. I savored the final pages, as Karl Oscar, in his final days, comforted himself with vivid, poetic memories of his childhood in Sweden and courtship with his beloved Kristina.
Charlotta
Well, I guess I liked it, the writing and such, but I have to say I'm very thankful that the series is over and of the fact that this is the shortest of all four books (I might've gotten a bit unfocused during the second part of the book...). At the moment, I'm more interested in reading T.Pratchett...
Ophelia Evans
I finished the last of The Emigrant Series. I surely enjoyed reading them. This covered history in Sweden that I knew nothing about and an account both of the unfair treatment of the Indians by government agencies and the terrible atrocities committed by the Indians.
Eric
Jun 04, 2012 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The last of 4 volumes on a fictional history of Swedish emigration to the USA in the 1800's (1850 arrival to the end of the sage in 1890). Very realistic and interesting stories (admitting my bias as my great-grandfather emigrated in that time period.
Andrei Faur
Sep 11, 2015 Andrei Faur rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Pat Tucker
Aug 22, 2010 Pat Tucker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a sad but satisfying book. I can't imagine that the Swedish edition is any more beautifully written. Now it is time to say good bye to The Emigrant novels but not to Vilhelm Moberg.
Kirsten
Aug 20, 2009 Kirsten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Final book in the Emigrants series. With the children now grown, this one shows how much has changed since the Swedes first set out for America.
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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.
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