Patrick D. Smith here tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. The story opens in 1858, when Tobias MacIvey arrives in the Florida wilderness to start a new life, and ends in 1968 with Solomon MacIvey, who realizes that the land has been exploited far beyond human need. Between is a sweeping story rich in Florida history.
A best-selling novel of Florida historical fiction, A Land Remembered was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and received the state’s highest literary award from the Florida Historical Society, the 1986 Tebeau Prize for the Most Outstanding Florida Historical novel.
©1984 Patrick D. Smith (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC
Narrator was very good but the story was very engaging for the most part
The first father (forget his name) who did most of the land settlement, etc.
He really "got" these characters
Yes and yes (the latter with the incident with the bushwhackers and the dogs)
I thought the first half/two thirds of the book was great; could have stayed in that time period/setting and foregone the rest of the family, well after the father and son. I have loved Cross Creek by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and all her other "Florida" books (The Yearling), and recommend those to anyone else looking for pioneering Florida stories. (And she wrote a great cookbook, too: Cross Creek Cookery).
I generally do not listen to this type genre but took a chance because I love the narrator. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and of course George Guidall was awesome! I don't see how anyone could be disappointed by this book.
Engineer, wife, audiobook addict. I live for those books that you just cannot put down.
I wouldn't have usually picked out a book like this and I can't even remember why I did but I suspect it was on sale. I didn't even listen to it for a while after I bought it. When I first started listening and heard the voice of the narrator as an old man, I thought I might be in for a snoozer but it wasn't long at all before I was absolutely IN LOVE with the story and the family in the book. I was so moved by the plight the family took and the sacrifices they made to survive in the path they chose and it really moved me. During a period in my life that's included the heartbreak of an adoption failure, the tenacity, mental fortitude, and the unselfish nature of the family that seemed guided by nothing more than love and a need to survive was really inspiring. I feel cheesy saying that at my age but it's just true. There were days I wasn't sure I could survive the day at work through my own heartbreak and I just remembered what Emma did through those cattle drives and kept going. Every character was so richly developed that you fall in love with each one. I loved them so much that I didn't begrudge some of the poor decisions some of them made. It reminded me that all humans are deserving of grace. It really is a beautiful story.
I loved the rich characters and their relationships. I don't want to give anything away but there aren't any wasted characters. Each one is important and the way they allow their lives to intertwine and take care of each other was truly inspiring and beautiful.
I think Emma was my favorite. Her trust in her husband and her never complaining and never being afraid to take on as much work as she could was a reminder of how strong some of my ancestors were and how big the hurtles they overcame were to land me where I am today.
I laughed and cried. The book is really beautiful and I looked forward to it every single day. The descriptions of young love it in made me nostalgic for those feelings of young love. The grief I felt over losing some of the characters made me heartsick.
This was one of those books that I wanted to start over as soon as it was finished. Instead of skipping ahead to the next book, I drove home in silence after it finished and waited to start the next book until the thoughts and characters slowly began slipping from my mind. Not a lot of books inspire a second read from me but this one will definitely be revisited in time. I still miss the characters and I finished it months ago.
This was an interesting book with lots of historical info on FL. The characters were well developed and overall, the story held my interest and was enjoyable. The ending was a bit off. It was as if the author got tired of his writing and decided to come up with a quick ending. Still, a good story.
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