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
I am from Florida and this book was recommended to me by my girlfriend who I grew up with. She told me how wonderful the history of our State was and the story was so good too.
I didn't realize I would get blown away by this book.
The book starts out in the 1800's through the civil war.
It has so much emotion, laugh out loud moments, sadness, and gripping detail of how three generations of this family lived and survived and came to have wealth years later.
I love everything about this book.
The author gave these characters in the book the funniest names. My favorite was Skillet and Frog. Their friendship and the way they carried on was hysterical..
George Guidall made this book even better. He Is an amazing narrator!!!!
Don't miss this book even if you're not from Florida.
It's worth a credit and then some. I will listen to this book again next year I'm sure.
I couldn't put it down and when I had to, it was in my head all day long.
I enjoy reading generational stories this was a very good historical Pro trail of the settling of Florida up to modern day. The reading was will done easy to follow from one person to the next.
Couldn't stop listening! A beautiful trip through Florida's natural history. A great story with enough history to learn a thing or two along the way.
One of the best books ever written of Florida from before the Civil War to the late 1960s written in a narration of someone experiencing the transition from praireland, cattle, orange groves to the vegetable basket of the Eastern United States and the Skyscrapers of Miami. The orator had a perfect Cracker voice of an old timer and opened a window onto the world as it once existed. Thank you, K Wittmann HS, FL
Excellent travel through old Florida. As a person who has lived the past 70 years in Florida and traveled and own land through out the state including marsh river front and farming land I appreciated the questions I have often asked about the origins and the development throughout the state. The story really revolved around the land. The narrator was excellent has he transformed by different voices the colorful characters. For those who love old Florida this is a must read.
I loved the fact that one was able to follow a family from the 1800's to recent days with well rounded characters that were developed very well and who were all likable. It was so good that I read it through in a 3 day weekend.
George always makes me feel comfortable, calm and warm inside. He sounds like the grandpa or father that I remember from my past. He seldom if ever makes a mistake.
I recommend this book highly and I doubt it will disappoint. It gives a personal touch to events that actually happened in Florida history and teaches us at the same time. I just loved the book and will read it again.
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