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The Last Letter Home (The Emigrants #4)

4.19  ·  Rating Details ·  1,298 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
The fourth book in Moberg's classic Emigrant Novels series.
ebook, 262 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Minnesota Historical Society Press (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
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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Kaijsa
Jan 14, 2010 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.
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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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
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
Jennie
Aug 14, 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.
Bill
Nov 06, 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.
Janelle
Mar 10, 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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Jenny
Oct 26, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Denna sista del i utvandrarsagan är aningen spretigare till formen än de övriga, men jag tycker att historien håller ända in i mål. Boken har en ganska vemodig stämning, vilket enligt förordet delvis förklaras av Mobergs egna liv och hälsa då den skrevs. Den beskriver bitvis väldigt grymma händelser i utförlig detalj (indianupproret), men framför allt är detta en skildring av Karl-Oskars och Kristinas kärlek, tills döden skiljer dem åt. Min favoritdel förblir del tre då jag var väldigt förtjust ...more
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
B.B.
Mar 17, 2011 B.B. rated it really liked it
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
Tova
Last book of the series. The person who wrote the foreword wrote that Moberg was kind of down with this series, and had regretted ever telling the publishing company there would be four books, so the reading experience was a bit dampened by that. Reading it I noticed it involuntarily, but I still enjoyed reading it. Still don't like the characters that much, though.
Kathleen
Jun 30, 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.
Mattias Bladmyr
Äntligen slut.....
Judy
This last book in the series was my least favorite, simply because the narrative felt somewhat bloated just to make the fourth book. But I'm still glad to have read the series and wrapped up the story of Karl Oskar and Kristina immigration to Minnesota. The author did phenomenal work getting the story as authentic as possible and it worked for me.

Anyone interested in immigration during the 1850s from Europe to America would benefit from reading this book. Trying to track down the movie made fro
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Alethea
Dec 06, 2011 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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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
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
Rosemary Cantrell
Jan 25, 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.
Barbara
Aug 09, 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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Eric
Dec 08, 2011 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.
Patti
May 05, 2012 Patti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit disappointing compared to the first three which I devoured. Still enjoyed it.
Stephanie Lindsay Hagen
Lines I liked:

"This Norwegian son-in-law was bull-headed and difficult. He was stubborn as hell, like most Norwegians."
Jan Pocestnej
Jan 20, 2016 Jan Pocestnej rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rozloučíme se zde s hlavními hrdiny. Nečekejte katarzi antické tragédie, ale obraz života takového, jaký tenkrát byl.
Chuck
Jul 13, 2012 Chuck rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
read all 4 volumes in 06, each was a great story
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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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