Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie (Perennial Classics)

May 22, 2019 - Comment

“The fullest, finest, and most powerful novel that has been written about pioneer life in America.” — The Nation Ole Edvart Rølvaag’s classic Norweigian-American immigration novel. Giants in the Earth 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

“The fullest, finest, and most powerful novel that has been written about pioneer life in America.” — The Nation

Ole Edvart Rølvaag’s classic Norweigian-American immigration novel.

Giants in the Earth 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 Rølvaag’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.