Giants in the Earth
16%
off

Giants in the Earth

3.98 (4,308 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?

Description

Giants in the Earth is Ole Edvart R lvaag's classic Norweigian-American immigration novel.

Part of a trilogy, the novel follows a Norwegian pioneer family's struggles with the land and the elements of the Dakota Territory as they try to make a new life in America. The book is based partly on R lvaag's personal experiences as a settler, and on the experiences of his wife's family who had been immigrant homesteaders. The novel depicts snow storms, locusts, poverty, hunger, loneliness, homesickness, the difficulty of fitting into a new culture, and the estrangement of immigrant children who grow up in a new land.

Giants in the Earth was turned into an opera by Douglas Moore and Arnold Sundgaard; it won the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1951.
show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 560 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 35.56mm | 521.63g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Perennial Classics ed.
  • 0060931930
  • 9780060931933
  • 332,178

Back cover copy

The classic story of a Norwegian pioneer family's struggles with the land and the elements of the Dakota Territory as they try to make a new life in America.
show more

Review quote

"The fullest, finest, and most powerful novel that has been written about pioneer life in America."-- "The Nation""A moving narrative of pioneer hardship and heroism...The background of the boundless Dakota prairie, with its mysterious distances and its capacity for evil, is painted with alternating beauty and grimness."-- "Atlantic Monthly""That in "Giants in the Earth" this NorwegianAmerican immigrant has made a distinct contribution to the literature of two countries there is no doubt...It has a bare simplicity which is cumulative in effectiveness."-- "New York Times""A firmly woven tapestry of harsh texture wrought by a master sure in his choice of strong fiber and of color, telling with heroic gesture and intricate design its legend of simple people struggling in the eternal coil of unwitting life."-- "Times Literary Supplement" (London)
show more

Rating details

4,308 ratings
3.98 out of 5 stars
5 36% (1,549)
4 37% (1,586)
3 19% (830)
2 5% (236)
1 2% (107)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X