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Peder Victorious: A Tale of the Pioneers Twenty Years Later (A Bison book)

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Pages: 348

Language: English

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Bison: New Ed edition (1 Mar. 1982)

By: O. E. Rolvaag (Author), OLE E. Rolvaag (Author), Nora O. Solum (Translator)

Peder Victorious, the sequel to Rö:lvaag's massive Giants in the Earth, continues the saga of the Norwegian settlers in the Dakotas. Here again, years later, are all the sturdy pioneers of the earlier novel, Rö:lvaag's 'vikings of the prairie'-Per Hansa's Beret and their children, Syvert Tö:nseten and Kjersti, and Sö:rine. The great struggle against the land itself has been won. Now there is to be a second struggle, a struggle to adapt, to become Americans. The development of the Spring Creek settlement in these years is manifested in the rebellious growing up of Peder Victorious. Peder is a beautiful and moving novel of youth and youth's self-discovery. It is the story, too, of Beret's pain and dismay at the Americanization of her children, what Rö:lvaag described as the true tragedy of the immigrants, who made their children part of a world to which they themselves could never belong. Out of the inevitable conflict between the first-generation American and his still Norwegian mother, Rö:lvaag built a powerful novel of personal growth, guilt, and victory.


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