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The Land | [Mildred D. Taylor]

The Land

Ever since running away at the age of fourteen, Paul-Edward, the son of a white landowner and a black slave, has had one dream: to own land every bit as good as his daddy's. While growing up, Paul-Edward loved, and feared, his father, but he loved the land unconditionally. Then, after a rash act of youthful rebellion, he leaves his family behind and vows to succeed on his own. However, for anyone black coming of age in 1880's Mississippi, this is no simple goal.
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Ever since running away at the age of fourteen, Paul-Edward, the son of a white landowner and a black slave, has had one dream: to own land every bit as good as his daddy's. While growing up, Paul-Edward loved, and feared, his father, but he loved the land unconditionally. Then, after a rash act of youthful rebellion, he leaves his family behind and vows to succeed on his own. However, for anyone black coming of age in 1880s Mississippi, this is no simple goal. From horse racing to lumber camps to outwitting double-crossing businessmen, Paul-Edward will do what it takes to make his dream come true, along the way discovering his own strength, learning the value of friendship and even falling in love.

©2001 Mildred D. Taylor; (P)2001 Random House, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Readers...will grab this and be astonished by its powerful story." (Booklist)
"It's a powerful, evergreen story that furthers our understanding of American history." (AudioFile)

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    jack rose SPRINGFIELD, VA, US 06-19-04
    jack rose SPRINGFIELD, VA, US 06-19-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Totally Awsome Story!"

    Here is a book that can't be sat down! I have loved other of her books but this one is just fantatic. The story is gripping and heartwarming. There is not annoying profanity, or uncomfortable sexual scenes. This book is one that makes you sit in the car long after you have finished your trip and keep listening. The characters are developed well, and maybe the best thing is that I found myself wanting to have the character and integrity of Paul.

    Thank you Mildred Taylor and thank you Audible!

    Jack Rose

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Garland, TX, USA 08-26-04
    Rick Garland, TX, USA 08-26-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Laugh and cry!!!"

    I will never forget this story! This is the best written book since Memoirs of a Geisha. I highly recommend listening to this book. Inspiring, sad and beautiful. This is my first Taylor book. It won't be my last. I wish I could give more stars.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Teikeia Chicago, IL, USA 07-29-04
    Teikeia Chicago, IL, USA 07-29-04
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    "Engaging, Captivating; Intriguing; Reflective"

    I love this book. Everyday I looked forward to going to my car just to listen to it. By the time I made it to work, I didn't want to get out of the car. I felt like if I go into the office, I would miss something.

    This book was written so well, I felt like I knew the characters personally. I enjoyed following Paul and Mitchell to adulthood and I'm sure everyone else who reads/listens to this book will have the same feeling. You will be engaged from beginning to end.

    I've recommended this book to every reader I know and highly recommend it to my colleagues of audible.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nelda Sarasota, FL, USA 07-01-04
    Nelda Sarasota, FL, USA 07-01-04
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    "The Land"

    Wow! What an eye-opening history of segregated/learning how to co-exist American history. The language was strong by todays standards, but true to life for the time this book represents. I strongly recommend mature teens to listen to this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra Monroe, NC, USA 09-17-04
    Sandra Monroe, NC, USA 09-17-04
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    "Gripping"

    This story made me feel as if I were part of a history that I wish had never existed. Growing up in the south in the 60s and 70s, prejudice was an unavoidable reality of life. It was as if I became Paul Edward and began to see the world in a different time and light. And COLOR. It made me question my own heritage.
    All personal reactions aside, this is a gripping tale with vivid characters and heartmoving twists. EXCELLENT!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tami Fowler Olathe KS 05-30-13
    Tami Fowler Olathe KS 05-30-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Overwhelmingly joyful story-I hated for it to end!"
    Where does The Land rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    By far, the best story I have ever heard. I couldn't stop listening and I cried through out the whole last chapter. The ending was more that I could have imagined. I especially loved the narrator. I wish he narrated more of Mildred Taylor's books. (Lynne Thigpen and Ruben Santiago-Hudson are both awesome narrators!) Thank you both, and Mildred Taylor, for such a pleasurable book to listen to!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the whole book...but the ending was my favorite.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Without giving it away, I loved the surprise at the end, when the wagon stopped and Caroline & Nathon thought it was just to rest for the night. (I don't want to give away the best part to anyone reading this that hasn't had a chance to read or listen to the book)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Persistence and honesty always triumph over wickedness and greed...so never give up on your dreams...


    Any additional comments?

    These stories by Mildred Taylor are priceless. My daughter, a 6th grader, introduced me to 'Roll of Thunder, here my cry', when they were reading it in language arts class this year. She talked about it every day until I finally had to read it myself. Now I can't get enough of these wonderful stories by Mildred Taylor. Everyone should read these stories. They're wonderful (sad & happy) stories of our past that should never be forgotten.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Quentin Long Beach, CA, United States 09-12-12
    Quentin Long Beach, CA, United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Even the kids loved it!!"
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    My family and I listened to this book while driving to Las Vegas. It was so good, we didn't want to get out of the car when we arrived at our destination. We couldn't wait to find out what would happened next!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    cassandra Brandywine, MD, United States 08-24-11
    cassandra Brandywine, MD, United States 08-24-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent...a real treat!!!"

    "The Land" is an awesome listen. I couldn't get enough and the characters were so believable. The language for that timeframe was so befitting. Sometimes it's kind of hard hearing the "n" word being used, but because of the time in which this book took place it didn't seem at all offensive. I think the author did an amazing job and the book was exceptional from top to bottom. This book made me laugh, want to cry, kick and scream and at times it made me want to stand up and cheer! I will definitely be keeping this one close at hand.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William H. Burlingame, CA, USA 10-15-04
    William H. Burlingame, CA, USA 10-15-04
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    "The Land"

    Book started off well with an interesting growth of the main character and supporting characters. However, the plot became predictable towards the middle, foreshadowing what was going to happen much to obviously, so the latter part of the book was easily guessed long before it was read, removing much of the interest. A particular chapter dragged on much too long and the plot was - like so many books these days - wound up in just too cute and to nice a package at the end. I was disappointed as it had a five star rating, and didn't merit that recommendation level.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Charity PINE BLUFF, AR, United States 12-29-12
    Charity PINE BLUFF, AR, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story!"

    This is a great story about a man whose daddy was white and mama was a black Native American. Both parents love him but because of his color he can't be loved the same way as his white brothers by his daddy. My family listened to this book on a long trip and everyone liked it. My youngest is 10 and oldest is 15. We all were wiping our eyes and cheering for Paul Edward Logan. GOOD story! The narrator was awesome!

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