Giants in the Earth Author:O. E. Rolvaag O. E. Rolvaag's Giants in the Earth narrates the story of a Norwegian immigrant family's struggles on the American plains from 1873 to 1881. The novel details the triumphs, hardships, and ultimate tragedies of South Dakota farmers as they try to wrest a livelihood from a land that, while fertile, often proves actively hostile to... more » human habitation.
Through this heroic tale of Norwegian settlers in the plains of South Dakota there runs a double conflict, the first between man and earth, the second between man and wife. In the first struggle, Per Hansa gloried: he had come for this, to wrest fruit from the earth, to found a home in the soil. The second took the heart out of him. Because of his deep love for his wife, Beret's hatred of the new hard life and her longing after the remembered comforts of Norway were a sore trial to Per Hansa. He persevered, hoping that she would come to feel as he did, but she could not change. Religion, her chief comfort, became gradually an obsession and induced at last the tragic scene with which the story ends.« less