It has been on my list of things to read for a long, long time, so this finally pushed me to pick it up. This novel, set in Manitoba, deals with a family under the thumb of a domineering, selfish man, Caleb Gare.
Summary[ edit ] 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. Characters[ edit ] The Gare Family[ edit ] Caleb is one of the wealthiest farmers in the area, although he is quite cheap.
His greatest possession is his flax fieldwhich he adores in an almost sexual manner. Caleb is very strict and blackmails several characters throughout the novel.
She is quite detached from her children because they are also the children of her nemesis, Caleb Gare. She previously had a child out of wedlock with Del Jordan before she married Caleb.
Judith is one of the main characters of the book. Other Main Characters[ edit ] Lind Archer is the main character of the novel. She is a teacher who is staying with the Gare Family. Lind is from a city and is in a relationship with Mark Jordan.
He does not know who his real parents are. He is under the illusion that his parents are English immigrants. He believes his father was a scholar who died before he was born and his mother died just after his birth.
Minor Characters[ edit ] Thorvald Thorvaldson Fusi Aronson lived to the south of the Gare family, his land contained the muskeg which he sold to Caleb. Has Scottish and Cree ancestry. Love interest of Ellen Gare. He previously worked on the Gare family farm.
Anton Klovacz owns a farm that he leaves in the care of Mark Jordan while he goes to Nykerk to see a doctor about his emaciation. He was gored to death by a bull.
Themes and Symbols[ edit ] Loneliness[ edit ] Lonesome feelings are depicted several times by different characters.
Isolation[ edit ] The Gare children are very isolated from the rest of the world. Their father keeps them on his farm and does not allow them to travel farther than the neighbouring town.
Wild geese[ edit ] As the namesake of the novel, the symbols associates with several meanings. A few times, a lone wild goose depicts the loneliness that several characters are feeling.
As a flock, they are the representation of the passage of time. Wild Geese, pg 8.She wrote the first draft of Wild Geese in about six weeks for a contest, and was awarded the cash prize of $13 - a princely sum in !
The novel was published in serial, in novel, and in film form (silent film!). Martha Ostenso was Norwegian born, and lived in Canada for only about six years from ages where she worked as a rural school teacher after finishing high school, and then attended the .
February 11, Can-Reads-Indies #3: Wild Geese by Martha Ostenso. I wasn’t the only reader for whom the highlight of Canada Reads was Michel Tremblay’s The Fat Woman Next Door is Pregnant, which was a book that we all should have read, that we were all better for having read, but I would never have picked it up regardbouddhiste.commes the prospect of looking to the past for books we.
Wild Geese by Martha Ostenso. Martha Ostenso (17 September – 24 November ) she and Durkin were active in the literary circles of the time.
Ostenso's best-known novel, Wild Geese, was published in A book, most continued to explore a similar theme: the relationship between men and women and the land they work. A number of Written works: Wild Geese. Wild Geese is a Canadian novel of the historical fiction genre written by the author Martha Ostenso, first published in by Dodd, Mead and Company.
The story is set on the prairies of Manitoba, . Martha Ostenso was a Canadian novelist and screenwriter. She is probably best known for the award-winning novel Wild Geese/5. I'll remember this novel for the dreadful character of this overbearing man, but also for the grit and power of Judith in standing up to it.
It was quite a read, and surprisingly for a novel of the Canadian realist tradition, it does not end in tragedy all around.