Thursday, March 22, 2007

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley


"When Larry Cook, the aging patriarch of a rich, thriving farm in Iowa, decides to retire, he offers his land to his three daughters. For Ginny and Rose, who live on the farm with their husbands, the gift makes sense--a reward for years of hard work, a challenge to make the farm even more successful. But the youngest, Caroline, a Des Moines lawyer, flatly rejects the idea, and in anger her father cuts her out--setting off an explosive series of events that will leave none of them unchanged. A classic story of contemporary American life, A THOUSAND ACRES strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a father, a daughter, a family."

My thoughts:

Most of the book was a very moving tragedy about a family which starts to fall apart after the patriarch divides his land among two of his daughters. It's loosely based on Shakespeare's "King Lear". I liked the writing, especially as told from the oldest daughter's point of view. It would have been interesting to have a chapter told from the father's viewpoint, and/or the youngest daughter's viewpoint.

Date read: 3/21/2007
Book #: 25
Challenge: TBR Challenge 2007
Rating: 3* = good
Genre: Fiction

ISBN-10: 0804115761
ISBN-13: 978-0804115766
Publisher: Ivy Books
Year: 1996
# of Pages: 399
Binding: Paperback

1 comment:

Marg said...

I listened to the abridged audio version of this book. I had no idea that it was the abridged version so it was very confusing because I couldn't work out why it felt like there were lots of bits missing! I liked the story itself, and one of these days I will go back and reread the whole book!