A thousand acres, a piece of land of almost mythic proportions. Upon this fertile, nourishing earth, Jane Smiley has set her rich, breathtakingly dramatic novel of an American family whose wealth cannot stay the hand of tragedy. It is the intense, ...
compelling story of a father and his daughters, of sisters, of wives and husbands, and of the human cost of a lifetime spent trying to subdue the land and the passions it stirs. The most critically acclaimed novel of the literary season, a classic story of contemporary American life, A THOUSAND ACRES is destined to be read for years to come."It has been a long time since a novel so surprised me with its power to haunt . . . . Its genius grows from its ruthless acceptance of the divided nature of every character . . . . This gives A THOUSAND ACRES the prismatic quality of the greatest art." -- Chicago TribuneWinner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle AwardFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
Larry Cook is a hardened nose-to-the-grindstone farmer in Iowa. His wife dies leaving three young girls. Superimpose a little King Lear and you have A Thousand Acres. One of my favorite quotations:"It was imperative that the growing discord in ourLarry Cook is a hardened nose-to-the-grindstone farmer in Iowa. His wife dies leaving three young girls. Superimpose a little King Lear and you have A Thousand Acres. One of my favorite quotations:"It was imperative that the growing discord in our family be made to appear minor...the paramount value of looking right is not something you walk away from after a single night...it is something you embrace, the broken plank you are left with after the ship has gone down." Survivors of dysfunction find a little bit of healing in reading about a worse situation. God bless all the Ginny Cooks in the world....Continua Nascondi