So this is the story of the Gare family, owning a big farm in Oeland. Among them are some teenagers named Judith, Ellen, Martin and Charlie, along with a strict mother named Amelia and now a teacher has moved in in order to have a place to stay, named Lind Archer, and the father that forced Amelia to marry him, Caleb, is arriving back. At first, everyone's trying their best to impress him, but Caleb has plans of his own. Caleb reminds me a lot of Umbridge from Harry Potter, so calm and smart on how to be the winner yet still super obnoxious and doesn't respect any kind of opinion but his own. A no mercy man, he butchers up church sayings to have it say what he wants, and everyone he drops in on is left swearing and mad. While this is happening, three out of the family meet these people from the city whom they are forbidden to meet, then in the middle of all the unfair work they have to do, as Caleb continues his daily life of getting people to hate him as he uses his money obtaining strategies, everyone starts to see opportunities to leave for the city and have a better life. There's always something stopping them, though.
In Dan Simmons' Hyperion, a ton of characters were shot out and I didn't understand any of them, but I guess Simmons knew about it because surprisingly, the whole novel was about the characters' back stories and therefore good development. In Wild Geese, I gradually begun to understand every character, except for a few, but the important ones anyway. Now, I was expecting this book to be filled with a giant blend of weird words, and there are several words I didn't know, but in terms of how it was written, it was very good.
However, the end result felt like an F.U. to me. Though I understand lots of books were like this at the time (or, maybe they weren't: this book was a groundbreaker apparently for Canadian literature), the whole thing is a great opportunity in search of a story. I started Wild Geese thinking, "This is okay. It's actually kind of good." Then it went on and on repeating pretty much the same thing. I guess Martha Ostenso had plenty of things in mind for the characters as they mourned, but (I may spoil it a bit) did she really have to keep out any details of the trip before lunging back, like if there were any chases? I started to get worried when I got to 3/4 of the book and the characters didn't do anything other than chores and do bad decisions, and believe it or not, I wanted there to be more: after page 287 of course.