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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
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Paperback, 399 pages
Published September 15th 1995 by Minnesota Historical Society Press (first published January 1st 1952)
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Zeth Alsberg
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Alla problem kunde lösas om bara Karl Oskar kunde hålla sig från att ejakulera i sin hustru.
Sune Svensson
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jag har läst denna bok för många år sedan och även läst om den. Jag har alltid tyckt om Mobergs böcker och i synnerhet hans utvandrarromaner som tog honom många år av forskning innan de kom på pränt. Jag anser Vilhelm Moberg hade varit värd ett Nobelpris för detta enastående epos.
Zack
Det har gått nästan två år sedan Karl Oskars yngre bror begav sig till Kalifornien för att bli rik på guld vilket gjorde deras ensliga boning ute i skogen vid Ki-Chi-Saga ännu ensligare; närmaste granne är Danjel och Johan Petter som bor någon timme bort. Men en dag stöter Karl Oskar på en man när han är ute och fäller träd – en man som säger att han ska bosätta sig i närheten med sin familj. Trots att deras åkrar grönskar och deras barn är välgödda är det en lycka för dem båda att äntligen bli ...more
Christian Ohlsson
Familjen Nilssons liv och levende fortsätter i vid stranden till Ki-Chi-Saga.
Anton
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Äventyret fortsätter lunka på i bekväm och maklig takt. Det var kul att få läsa om Roberts guldgrävaräventyr även om den delen slutade lite antiklimatiskt. Vågar man hoppas på lite krig i nästa del?
Marcus
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An incredible journey with characters I truly miss.
Marcia
I couldn't wait to get started on The Settlers (Book #3) after finishing Unto a Good Land (Book #2). I was not disappointed. The book moves along at a good pace, covering about 8 years. During this time Karl Oskar and Kristina are in their third home, two more babies arrive, Robert returns from his trip out West, a church and school are built in their community, Minnesota becomes a state (1858), and it ends with the election of Abraham Lincoln as POTUS (I don't think this was a term the Swedish ...more
Stephanie Lindsay Hagen
Lines I like:

"Norwegians were easy to get along with if you let them have their way."
Josep
Jul 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Nybyggarna (The Settlers), the 3rd book in The Emigrants series, continues to improve the epic saga as the lives of the Swedish emigrants unfold in their home in the New World. Reading the emigrant novels is an engaging way of knowing more about the Swedish emigrants, American history, and the impact of emigration in Sweden. The novel translates facts into an emotive narrative that makes you feel a real connection with their time and place. These novels are one of the most notable produced by Sw ...more
Margie Dorn
Jul 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classic-fiction
This Moberg series is drawing me in more than I'd ever expected. I was reading it for a book group, and now I'm reading it because I'm really on board with the story. Moberg delineates all the issues that early settlers had to deal with, the psychological struggles as well as those day-to-day struggles having to do with staying alive and making a life far from childhood families and ways.
Erika
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En klassiker. Vi följer uppbyggnaden av Kristina, Karl-Oskars och resten av utvandrarnas hem och plats. Extra drabbande är så klart berättelsen som Robert som verkligen griper tag och sätter stämningen. Min favorit i serien.
LB
Joseph Sverker
Efter tre väldigt långa böcker och jag är fortfarande inte speciellt gripen eller överväldigad av Mobergs serie så har jag behövt ta en ordentlig funderare på vad det kan bero på. Nog är jag imponerad över mödan och efterforskningarna Moberg har och måste ha gjort för att skriva dessa. Och nog lyckas han skapa hela den världen på nytt på ett sätt. Och det finns episoder i Nybyggarna som griper tag, främst tänker jag på Robert och Arvid i öknen. Där får Moberg mig att känna i maggropen utsatthete ...more
Alethea
Dec 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Swedsh Americans
I've now read the full trilogy (I guess there's a fourth one that's shorter and told through letters. I haven't gotten there yet), so I feel like I can give an assessment of the three books I've read in their entirety.

If you're looking for an account of what life may have been like for Swedes who emigrated in the middle of the 19th century, these books can provide a little background about the ideological and religious concerns that led people to make the choice to move. There are some really g
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Tanja Berg
Kristina ch Karl Oskar har nu etablerat ett nytt hemman i Minnesota. Fortfarande är strapatserna många och arbetet tungt, men det börjar bära frukt. För varje år utvidgar Karl Oskar sina marker och vågar pröva på nya gröder - som majs. De klarar sig bra. Kristina har fortfarande hemlängtan efter Sverige. Samtidigt plågas hon av att så ofta vara gravid - det är hennes största önskan att få vara ofruktsam.



Det är inte alla det går bra för i Amerika. Karl oskars bror Robert är ett exempel. Han dyke
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Eric
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Settlers is the third in a series portraying the story of Swedish emigration to America in the mid 1850's. Moberg is a compelling storyteller and I believe The Settlers was richer as Moberg has further enhanced his authorial skills. The series continues to be a realistic portrayal. I found it of interest that the Swedish society is distinctly criticized by Moberg for its class and feminine suppression and the repression by the Lutheran religion in Sweden. A telling indication is his summary ...more
blushenka
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I would have given this five stars, it deserves five stars, but the author is sadistic... Okay, I will not be a whiny child, I will explain (view spoiler) ...more
Charlotte
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: swedish-history
An amazing story of the hardship that the early Swedish settlers experienced in the mid 1800.
The determination to survive and make a life worth living in the new country was overwhelming.
I don't think today's immigrants would have the stamina and determination to do what they did in 1850. No support, no social services, just hard labor, toil and guts.

These books are must read if you want to know what made this great country what it is today.

Two of my Grandfathers brothers left Sweden, one in t
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Mänsomläser
Aug 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vid det här laget börjar Karl–Oskar och Kristina få ordning på tillvaron i Amerrka. De knogar på och faktiskt är det så att jag börjar tycka att det är lite tråkigt. Moberg halar då fram ett ess ur rockärmen i form av Karl–Oskars bror Robert. I Invandrarna gav han sig iväg för att leta guld i Kalifornien. I den här boken kommer han tillbaka, med en massa pengar.

Roberts återkomst är det som räddar hela den här boken. Dels återberättas hans äventyr i något som känns som ett slags misär-western, vi
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Iben
Guld og Vand continues the story of the Swedish immigrants. In this book Karl Oskar's brother Robert who has been gone for about 4 years returns. He left with his friend Arvid, but returns alone. He talks little of what has befallen him, and what he does say Karl Oskar doesn't believe. But in the nights, when sleep eludes Robert, the reader gets the story.

Guld og Vand is very different from the prior books on the series, but it is in my oppinion one of the best. What Robort's last 4 years has en
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Kaijsa
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2011
Amazing characters that I really relate to... situations where I experience real emotion through them... Birth and death, deep spiritual matters, friendship, survival, brotherhood, manhood... I love that much of the story is from the Wife's perspective. I can relate to her in many ways and I can empathize with her in many other ways. I LOVE the Swedish aspect of it, though it's really not that huge a part of the book. It would have worked just as well if they had been some other nationality as f ...more
Katherine
Aug 19, 2012 rated it liked it
Third in Moberg's series of four. Karl Oskar and family are settled in on Chisago Lake in MN. Lots of familiar geographic names, Mn becomes a state and brother Axel Robert attempts to find gold in Calif.
It's surprising how many references to sex are included in the series. The references are euphemistic or slightly veiled, but I wonder how shocking they were when the books were published in 1956 in Sweden. Were these the 50 Shades of Grey of the 50's?
Will read the fourth book, am invested in t
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Andrei Faur
Mar 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Författaren visar sin åsikt om lätt tjänade pengar genom Roberts historia. Kontrasten mellan honom och hans bror Karl Oskar är avsedd till att varna om meningslösheten i att jaga rikedom. Robert själv blir medveten om detta fast det är för sent för honom.

Ödet blir ett genomträngande ämne via Roberts men också Kristinas tankar. De hittar sin sinneslugn genom att förlika sig med sina öden.

Mycket religion, politik och historia finns i den här delen och det är min absolut favorit utav Utvandrarna se
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Jan Pocestnej
Jan 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Stát se svobodným neznamená jen odejít na místo, kde si budu moci dělat co chci. Znamená to i začít chtít jiné věci než nesvobodný člověk. Kniha, která o tomhle dokáže mluvit je přinejmenším dobrá. Tato kniha nadto ukazuje odvrácenou tvář dobrodružství: Ne všechno dopadne dobře, ne každá oběť je smysluplná, ne každá špatnost je potrestaná a ne každý dobrý člověk se vždy chová správně. Denní snění dobrodružných románů tady nehledejte.
Jack
Oct 01, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Äntligen framme! Nu är den inte så resefokuserad längre, det är skönt för att det var tjatigt, känns som det är bästa boken. Synd att alla andra karaktärer är droppade samtidigt som Kristina och Karl Oskar får bli fulländade, riktiga människor nu. Fortsatt bra balans mellan saga och fakta, tyckte dock upplägget med Roberts story var jobbigt, hade varit bättre om det gjorts parallellt eller inte kommit från örat. Men ändå bra bok.
B.B.
Jan 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A book that can bring you to tears must be good. But this one was probably more than good, bringing me to tears and leaving me thinking about it all the time. I think it did indeed surpass the first and second books, and if the next and last one isn't better, this would be my favorite one of the series. Poor, poor Robert... and Arvid... -sniffle-
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Pat Tucker
Jul 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
I am so glad someone introduced me to this tetralogy. We read #1 in our literary club a few months ago and then voted to read and discuss #3 when we start up again in September. We are on our own to read #2 and #4. Moberg is a captivating storyteller. I have thought about my own ancesters who came from Germany, Scotland and Wales and what they left behind and what they encountered here.
Richard Schick
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
The saga continues with the pitfalls and challenges of establishing a community with limited funds and skills within the community further complicated by lack of a stable currency. At the same time giving further insights to the personal challenges facing the emigrants. Has me moving on to. Volume 4.
Tom
Jun 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Best of the first three books. The story of Robert and Arvid on the way to California and how it is told is one of the best gold rush stories you'll ever read and unlike any other. Kristina's struggles with homesickness are as heartbreaking as Karl Oskar's struggles with and embrace of the new world are uplifting.
Janelle
Mar 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
I continue to enjoy this series by Vilhelm Moberg. I found this volume simultaneously wrenching (as we realize how physically draining life in this place and time was, particularly for women) and uplifting (as we see how far Karl Oscar's and Kristina's hard work has advanced the family). I'll be sad when it comes to an end with volume 4.
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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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