Settlers of the Marsh


Read by Bruce Pirie

(4.7 stars; 12 reviews)

The novel “Settlers of the Marsh” (1925) is a foundational work of realism in Canadian fiction. Its author, Frederick Philip Grove, a German immigrant, settled in Manitoba and wrote vividly about the struggles of settlers in the early multi-ethnic communities of western Canada. The protagonist of “Settlers of the Marsh” is a Swedish immigrant who wrestles in stoic solitude with the hardships of pioneer life, only to discover that he has been catastrophically naïve about relations with women. Some early reviewers objected that the novel’s treatment of sexuality was “indecent,” but the book is today seen as a cornerstone of Canadian literature. - Summary by Bruce Pirie (10 hr 2 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1a. Mrs. Lund 30:43 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 1b. Mrs. Lund 32:35 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 1c. Mrs. Lund 33:03 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 1d. Mrs. Lund 30:13 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 2a. Niels 25:22 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 2b. Niels 28:08 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 2c. Niels 26:27 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 3a. Ellen 23:00 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 3b. Ellen 28:04 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 3c. Ellen 33:00 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 4a. Mrs. Lindstedt 29:18 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 4b. Mrs. Lindstedt 33:41 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 4c. Mrs. Lindstedt 23:56 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 4d. Mrs. Lindstedt 22:38 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 4e. Mrs. Lindstedt 26:36 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 5a. Bobby 32:16 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 5b. Bobby 37:19 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 5c. Bobby 27:35 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 6a. Ellen Again 42:21 Read by Bruce Pirie
Chapter 6b. Ellen Again 35:54 Read by Bruce Pirie

Reviews

One to remember...


(5 stars)

Beautiful reading of an exceptional and memorable book. I've never come across this author before, or read or listened to a novel that feels so true and psychologically deep that I felt it must have been lived - at least up to the point where events take a more dramatic turn. The ending was perfect.

Good


(4.5 stars)

Great narration, story very thoughtful