Wild Geese
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Wild Geese

Written by Martha OstensoMartha Ostenso Author Alert
Afterword by David ArnasonDavid Arnason Author Alert
Category: Fiction
Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: New Canadian Library
ISBN: 978-0-7710-9394-4 (0-7710-9394-2)

Pub Date: January 8, 2008
Price: $19.95

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Wild Geese
Written by Martha Ostenso, Afterword by David Arnason

Format: Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780771093944
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About this Book

Wild Geese caused a sensation when it was first published in 1925. To a generation bred on sentimental escapist literature, the idea of a heroine as wild as a bronco and as fiery as a tigress was nothing short of revolutionary. In the character of Judith Gare, Martha Ostenso had painted so naked and uncompromising a portrait of human passion and need that it crossed all bounds of propriety and convention.

Today, Wild Geese is widely recognized as a milestone in the development of modern realist fiction. Set on the windswept prairies, it is a story of love and tyranny, of destruction and survival, told with vigour and lyric beauty. It is also a poignant evocation of loneliness, which, like the call of the wild geese, is beyond human warmth, beyond tragedy, “an endless quest.”

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“A brilliant study of human cruelty and human love…the atmosphere of the northern Canadian prairie is powerfully portrayed.”
Windsor Star

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About this Author

Martha Ostenso was born in Haukeland, Norway, in 1900. Brought by her family to the United States at the age of two, she grew up in small towns in Minnesota and South Dakota. When she was fifteen, her family moved to Brandon, Manitoba. She later studied at the University of Manitoba.

In 1921 Ostenso enrolled in a course in the technique of the novel at Columbia University and stayed on in New York for two years, working as a secretary for a charity organization. At the same time she confirmed her personal commitment to a writing career.

In 1924 Ostenso published a collection of poetry, In a Far Land, and the following year her first novel, Wild Geese, which won immediate acclaim, as well as a prestigious award, for its forceful and realistic depiction of human life on the windswept plains of frontier Manitoba.

For most of her life, Ostenso lived in Minnesota, and the American Midwest provided the settings for most of her later novels. She remained a popular novelist for more than two decades.

Martha Ostenso died in 1963.

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