Wild Geese

Ostenso, Martha

Published by Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 1926
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Good gray illustrated cloth. Illustrated endpapers. Some wear, soiling, chipped spine extremities.(October 1926), (October 1925), 8vo, [6], 356pp. [6] Watters p.358 A Checklist of Canadian Literature 1628-1960, Smith O-148 American Fiction 1901-1925, Fee & Cawker p. 87 Canadian Fiction An Annotated Bibliography, "Martha Ostenso (17 September 1900 - 24 November 1963) was a Canadian novelist and screenwriter. Ostenso was born in Haukeland (now part of Bergen), in Hordaland County, Norway. Her parents were Sigurd and Olina (née Tungeland) Ostenso. She emigrated with her family to the United States in 1902. They first settled in South Dakota and Minnesota before immigrating to Canada in the province of Manitoba. Ostenso taught in a rural school and was educated at the University of Manitoba. Ostenso is probably best known for the award-winning novel Wild Geese, published in 1925. Hailed by critics as a landmark in Canadian realism, the novel is a story about a young schoolteacher sent to teach in rural Manitoba. Wild Geese won the 1925 Dodd, Mead and Company Best Novel of the Year Award and brought her much popular and critical attention. It made her a well-known and best-selling author. The novel was filmed as Ruf der Wildgänse in 1961 as a West-German and Austrian co-production and as After the Harvest in 2001 for Canadian TV. Wild Geese is a Canadian novel of the historical fiction genre written by the author Martha Ostenso, first published in 1925 by Dodd, Mead and Company. The story is set on the prairies of Manitoba, Canada in the 1920s. The novel details characters struggling against victimization to achieve a better life and follow their respective passions. Although the novel is primarily a realist novel, it does contain naturalist themes, especially in the subject of comparing Canadian wild geese to the progression of time and the inevitability of fate, as well as pathetic fallacy elements. Lind Archer, a teacher from the city, has come to the Gare farm to stay while she teaches in the nearby school. As she continues to learn about life in the country, she begins to realize the plight of the family she is staying with. The strict Caleb Gare uses blackmail and punishment to get what he wants, but how secure is his position? When the young Mark Jordan, the son of his wife with another man, arrives, he tries even harder to retain control over the family. With all of his machinations failing around him, Caleb is quickly losing control over his family and consequently, over his farm." Wikipedia. Bookseller Inventory # 020985

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Title: Wild Geese

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap, New York

Publication Date: 1926

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: Twelfth Printing

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