Reviews and Reception

As a novel written by a prominent author, Giants in the Earth has a plethora of reviews. A selection of these reviews has been compiled below.

Times Literary Supplement (London)


“A firmly woven tapestry of harsh texture wrought by a master sure in his choice of strong fiber and of color, telling with heroic gesture and intricate design its legend of simple people struggling in the eternal coil of unwitting life.”


Atlantic Monthly


“A moving narrative of pioneer hardship and heroism…The background of the boundless Dakota prairie, with its mysterious distances and its capacity for evil, is painted with alternating beauty and grimness.”


New York Times


“That in Giants in the Earth this Norwegian-American immigrant has made a distinct contribution to the literature of two countries there is no doubt…It has a bare simplicity which is cumulative in effectiveness.”


The Nation


“The fullest, finest, and most powerful novel that has been written about pioneer life in America.”


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