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.
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Loved learning about Florida being settled. This book taught the origin of several colloquial words and phrases, such as "cracker" and "marsh tacky".
The family through which the tale was told was believable and failingly human.
The reader managed to make three generations of men and women real and each one identifiable.
The story and the narrator were exceptional. I never thought I would enjoy learning Florida's history and the settling of Florida as much as I did through listening to this book. The characters are unique, and the writer does an excellent job of delineating the the early settlers respect for the land in juxtaposition to man's modern-day degradation of the earth. I think the writer must be an environmentalist, and I strongly approve.
A land remembered is a wonderful historically accurate story about Old Florida. It is a must read for any true Floridan. The narrator's voice is also perfect for this particular story.
I enjoyed this audio book as much as I did after having read this book when it was first published back in 1985. I was fortunate enough to meet Patrick Smith shortly after he published this book. Some of my wife's kin folk were having a family reunion just a few miles west of Silver Glen Springs in the Ocala National Forest at a place called "Pat's Island". This location had been settled shortly before the War of Northern Aggression. The first settler to arrive was a man named Pat Smith (hence the name Pat's Island). Shortly thereafter, a large clan by the name of "Long" arrived and they proved up several homesteads on and around Pat's land claim. There was a very large sinkhole that had a seep spring at the very bottom. The sinkhole was on Pat Smith's property. However he made the water available to everyone. The long family years later, was used by Marjorie Keanon Rawlins as characters in her famous book, "The Yearling". The family name Long was changed to Baxter.
Patrick Smith, at the time of our incidental meeting at the family reunion was doing research on some of his ancestors. He was trying to get information on Pat Smith the pioneer to see if they may be related. All the old homestead buildings had been torn down by the U.S. Forest Service years before. The old cemetery is still there, most of the grave stones belong to the Long family and most of them are difficult to read. At one time you could see where several other graves were unmarked. I don't know if Pat Smith was buried in this cemetery or not.
At the time I met Patrick Smith, I had no idea that he would become a famous writer. He made a very good impression on me and if I didn't know different I could've sworn he was a true Florida Cracker just like me and the rest of my kin.
This book should be required reading in every high school. J.D. Albury
This was such a phenomenal book. I insisted that my husband listen to this and he loved it too (he's not an Audible kinda guy). Great story filled with excitement and history.
The story comes alive, and you find yourself looking for a map of Florida. Could not say enough great things about the story, the performance or the experience!
Great book and even better performance by George.
Highly Recommended by this listener.
This book is one that you do not want to end.
I love to read, the books need to be fairly complicated or interesting in their own way. I belong to a book club that selects great books.
The narration was awesome and the story gripping as each generation unfolded. It is one of the best books I read this year
I enjoyed this book. It did a beautiful job of describing old life in Florida. But there was a lot of sadness and death, and almost every beloved character in the story dies. It was also über long
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