The title says it all. If you think we have had it bad in the recent financial crisis, you will have a different perspective after reading The Worst Hard Time. Real immigrants, new Americans, trying desparately to make a living on open land with soil that had never been plowed. Other Americans feeding fantasies and getting rich off of the new immigrants. The result is the Dust Bowl and absolute misery. A very well told story. A very painful story. Egan does a masterful job. Who needs the trumas created in fiction when reality is much more compelling?
I've always heard of the Dust Bowl but always downplayed its impact. How bad could it have been? The Worst Hard Time forces you to feel the trauma, the misery and yes, even the blizzards of soil totally encompassing and isolating you.
The complex lives of ordinary decent people. Told with respect. and grace. About grace, really.
An excellent, compelling novel . Great characters. Wish there were more ordinary decent /at times outrageous people like AJ.
Solid, engaging presentation.
Way too much time spent on a diversion into an incredible story of monks and an abbey in the 12th century. The incredulity goes over the top when a current day person develops the ability to,while in a daze, write statements in Latin which are communicated by a 12th century monk .And it just so happens that the current day transcriber is a cousin of Kincade. So very late in the story Kincaid and Gemma are finally brought in. The story could stand on it's own without the reader having to wade painfully through 800 +years.
Narrator was good as usual.
yes. Great story, well developed characters, I have read some of her works. This is the best read so far.
I was in university at the same time as many of these characters. The author aptly described the behavioral environment and how we struggled to live within it.
solid presentation as always
Kit's pain is palpable.
The book stood significantly about many books that I have recently read. See for yourself.
good story with good twists. I struggle to get into each of the books in this series but perseverance is rewarded.
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