NCL 18 – Wild Geese by Martha Ostenso


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Wild Geese by Martha Ostenso (New Canadian Library N18)

Series Two

From the Back Cover

Wild Geese caused a sensation when it was first published in 1925. As Carlyle King says in his introduction to this edition, it was unheard of, in a generation bred on sentimental escapist literature, to create a main female character “as wild as a broncho and as vivid as a tigress”; to paint so strong and uncompromising a picture of human passion and human need. Today, the spell of Martha Ostenso’s lyric prose still brings this tale of a pioneering farm family to vibrant life. Set on the windswept prairies, Wild Geese is a story of love and tyranny, of destruction and survival. But it is also a story of loneliness which, like the call of the wild geese, is beyond human warmth, beyond tragedy, “a magnificent seeking through solitude, an endless quest.”


Wild Geese by Martha Ostenso (New Canadian Library N18)Series Three

From the Back Cover:

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

Wild Geese caused a sensation when it was first published in 1925. As Carlyle King says in his introduction to this edition, it was unheard of, in a generation bred on sentimental escapist literature, to create a main female character “as wild as a broncho and as vivid as a tigress”; to paint so strong and uncompromising a picture of human passion and human need.

Today, the spell of Martha Ostenso’s lyric prose still brings this tale of a pioneering farm family to vibrant life. Set on the windswept prairies, Wild Geese is a story of love and tyranny, of destruction and survival. But it is also a story of loneliness which, like the call of the wild geese, is beyond human warmth, beyond tragedy, “a magnificent seeking through solitude, an endless quest.”


Wild Geese by Martha Ostenso (New Canadian Library) front coverSeries Four

From the Back Cover:

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.”

“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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