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Title:
Giants in the earth : a saga of the prairie
Author:
Rølvaag, O. E. (Ole Edvart), 1876-1931.
Uniform Title:
I de dage. English
Publication Information:
New York, NY : HarperPerennial, 1999.

©1927
Physical Description:
xxviii, 531 pages ; 21 cm.
General Note:
Translation of: I de dage.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
830 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.4 28.0 739.

Reading Counts RC High School 9 29 Quiz: 20022 Guided reading level: NR.
Geographic Term:
ISBN:
9780060931933
Format :
Book

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Summary

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Giants in the Earth is Ole Edvart Rølvaag'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 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.