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A Land Remembered By Patrick D. Smith A Land Remembered A Land Remembered has been ranked Best Florida Book eight times in annual polls conducted by Florida Monthly Magazine In this best selling novel Patrick Smith tells the story of three generations o

  • Title: A Land Remembered
  • Author: Patrick D. Smith
  • ISBN: 9781561641161
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Land Remembered By Patrick D. Smith A Land Remembered has been ranked 1 Best Florida Book eight times in annual polls conducted by Florida Monthly Magazine.In this best selling novel, Patrick Smith 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 oA Land Remembered has been ranked 1 Best Florida Book eight times in annual polls conducted by Florida Monthly Magazine.In this best selling novel, Patrick Smith 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 with his wife and infant son, and ends two generations later in 1968 with Solomon MacIvey, who realizes that the land has been exploited far beyond human need The sweeping story that emerges is a rich, rugged Florida history featuring a memorable cast of crusty, indomitable Crackers battling wild animals, rustlers, Confederate deserters, mosquitoes, starvation, hurricanes, and freezes to carve a kingdom out of the swamp But their most formidable adversary turns out to be greed, including finally their own Love and tenderness are here too the hopes and passions of each new generation, friendships with the persecuted blacks and Indians, and respect for the land and its wildlife.A Land Remembered was winner of the Florida Historical Society s Tebeau Prize as the Most Outstanding Florida Historical Novel Now in its 14th hardcover printing, it has been in print since 1984 and is also available in trade paperback.
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    1. Brantlee on said:

      Great concept, poorly executed I stuck with it for the natural history, and don t regret the read, but I would recommend this book to a creative writing class as a shining example of poor character development and unnatural dialog The book follows the trials of three generations of a family, as they wrestle the elements and slowly emerge from a hand to mouth existence to become wealthy but still simple rancher farmers In three generations, there was not a single conflict among any of the charact [...]

    2. Elizabeth on said:

      Many people seem to love this book by Patrick D Smith, which tells 100 years of Florida history through the eyes of the menfolk of one Cracker family And, in fact, the history is interesting, especially when you live within 40 or 50 miles of this family s homestead, an area that has now been mostly obliterated by development and so called progress But I m afraid that Smith s writing is not up to his good intentions The characters in this book are two dimensional at best and the women, blacks and [...]

    3. Jim on said:

      I m giving this book 4 stars, but I m being a bit generous It was almost worthy of 5 stars in places, but it was uneven Especially the end was rushed, unfortunately I m really glad I read it though If you liked John Jakes s Bicentenial series, this is similar, but follows 3 generations of a family across one century in Florida from the Civil War to the 1960 s.It s an excellent look at Florida in the latter half of the 19th century at some of the pioneers who settled there, what they lived on, en [...]

    4. Melissa on said:

      Eeeeehhhhhh a multigenerational soap opera wrapped in the guise of historical fiction from the ever riveting perspective of white dudes.

    5. Erin Heston on said:

      I really didn t want to read this book A heart rending account of a family s struggle to settle north and central Florida Sigh And I m one of the few native Floridians third generation, I should say But I finally cnsented and am so glad I did The characters and their stories are engaging from the start With vivid imagery and great respect for all our state once was, The author spins a historical tale of generations of settlers and entrepreneurs I was surpised how quickly I finished it Should be [...]

    6. Samantha on said:

      Having lived in Florida for most of my life, I found this book very entertaining It was neat to read about places I know, places I ve been to, and to compare the descriptions of how they were many years ago, back when Florida was still wild, to the built up developed places they are today.Frankly, it saddens me, and I m an urban dweller who thinks that backwoods living is having to drive two miles to the grocery store.That being said, this book is basically an anti progress essay with a story wr [...]

    7. Rhonda on said:

      When I used to drive down the east coast to go to school in Miami, I would often arrive at the border as it was getting dark From the first, I was almost in awe of what the land looked like against the light of civilization, a kind of primitive place where one might expect certain dinosaurs to live I was surprised when I discovered that the lower third of the state was entirely composed of a swamp I was less surprised when over the years I heard of various plans to drain parts of the swamp in t [...]

    8. Bill on said:

      Not one of the world s great novels But A Land Remembered deserves all those five stars for its warm, compelling, almost operatic story of generations who shaped Florida.It begins before the Civil War, when Tobias and Emma MacIvey journey into Florida wilderness to begin a better life than they were able to carve out in Georgia Young, scrappy, and barely literate, they become farmers, cattle gatherers the cattle were descendants of those brought over by the Spaniards centuries before , cattle ra [...]

    9. Shelley on said:

      Winding back the clock to a past era, Patrick D Smith writes his novel A Land Remembered Before the Civil War s outbreak, the MacIvey family flees to Florida in hopes to find a better life In his historically accurate depiction, Smith illustrates the Florida that once was Before condo s, before Disney world, before I 95, and air conditioning Florida rested as a barren extension to the North American continent Smith captures Florida s roots by taking his readers on a journey with fictional family [...]

    10. Cindy Marsch on said:

      I m choosing four stars mostly because of the personal family interest My great grandparents two sets were in North and South Florida, respectively, and two grandmothers grew up in those areas, plus one grandfather as a teen working his uncle s cattle operation in the Miami area, and our family has had strong roots throughout the state all my life, and I love the landscapes of old Florida The writing quality and the story are of a three star effort, but I highly recommend this book to all who l [...]

    11. Amy S on said:

      First, please don t let my three stars keep you from reading this book It is a FABULOUSLY informative book about the beginnings of Florida as a civilized place The amazing courage and strength it took to live in this primitive wilderness was amazing I really enjoyed the information on the Florida frontier life, the real estate boom of the twenties, the Native American life, etc I really loved that I gave it a three and again, I wish I could give a 3 1 2 , because he s just not a great writer in [...]

    12. JG (The Introverted Reader) on said:

      Three generations of MacIvey men struggle to survive and thrive in the Florida wilderness among disasters of both the natural and man made kind.My mother in law insisted that I read this, basically because it s so interesting to read about the history of the area where she lives She lives in Naples, FL, and all I know about the area is her neighborhood We never get out and see anything when we visit, so that wasn t much of a recommendation for me But being the meek daughter in law that I am, I r [...]

    13. Janice Dyck on said:

      I don t give many books a 5 star rating, only those that I think are unique in their genre and really add something to my ability to understand, to feel or to think A Land Remembered is a simple story really It s the kind of book to keep on the night stand and pick up and put down one chapter at a time, for each chapter is a separate story, really, summing up one phase in the development of the land we now know as Florida From pre civil war times to modern day South Beach, it s all there a story [...]

    14. Sandi on said:

      Entertaining historical fiction set in Florida mainly in the latter half of the 19th century I very much enjoyed the story of the first generation of the family and the hardships they had to endure and overcome just to eke out a living in the Florida wilderness Unfortunately the second generation story had a bit too much romance which was tiresome and the third generation story, which hit the 20th century, was shoe horned into the last couple of hours of the audio The narration by George Guidall [...]

    15. Beth Bedee on said:

      I m almost ashamed to admit that as a native Floridian, I have just now read this novel I have such a greater appreciation for my home state I don t drive down a Florida highway any without imagining the way it used to look The novel follows the MacIvey family through three generations from the Civil War to the 1960s The writing is simple, yet effective Each chapter is written cinematically I can see each scene fading to black This novel has every literary device a teacher needs and should be a [...]

    16. Barb Graf on said:

      Read this the fall of 2010 actually finished it while visiting daughter in FL all the info about the history of FL really made the trip so much interesting A very earthy book about just how hard it was to be a settler and to survive Also left me with a sad feeling about all that has been lost in the process of civilization Have passed this one on to many friends and they have loved it too A friend from work first suggested it to me she said it was the best book I ever read.

    17. Michael on said:

      Ok I admit I thought this was a true story when started reading it But quickly realized it was a novel This book came highly recommended from everyone I knew that read it Plus, I am a native Floridian that has family that lived in Big Cypress swamp country I m very familiar with Florida s environments and wildlife I am usually not a fan of fiction, but I have to agree with the 5 or 6 people I know that read it This was a great book I actually read it twice As a 37 year Florida native that dislik [...]

    18. Caryl on said:

      Good to read because of the setting of Florida s history but disappointing in character development.

    19. Alex Robinson on said:

      Great introduction to 19th century Florida history A bit romanticized though.

    20. Teresa Kartheiser on said:

      I loved this book so much I highly recommend, especially if you live in Florida It has been a long time since I have ugly cried from a book and I did several times with this one.

    21. Darlene Franklin on said:

      One of my favorite stories of all time This is the second time I have read this book and this time I purchased my own copy.

    22. Mandy George on said:

      As a Floridian who missed out on 4th grade learn about your state time I was busy studying the gold rush in Cali , I love historical fiction about Florida Their Eyes Were Watching God, Lay That Trumpet In Our Hands The settling of Florida, especially the building of Palm Beach and Miami with the extension of Flagler s railroad, along with the destruction of overdevelopment and the 1928 hurricane were fascinating.My main problem with this book was the dialogue Sometimes it was so painful to read [...]

    23. Bill on said:

      Several have praised this book They believe it is an excellent historical novel set in mid 19th and earl 20th century Florida Granted, Florida s history is broad and complex but the history related here is narrow It is almost entirely focused on the mid Florida cattle industry developed by three generations of the MacIvey family.With the exception of the MacIvey clan, almost all 19th Century southerners and most northerners were extremely prejudice The MacIveys loved Indians and blacks Their goo [...]

    24. Melinda on said:

      The best thing about this novel are the descriptions of Florida flora and fauna I can also say that it reads like a TV mini series in the vein of, say, Lonesome Dove, being a long, episodic adventure of multiple generations I think a mini series, which wouldn t be dependent on believable characterization and realistic dialogue, would showcase the best of this novel The writing is weak and insipid Zech, the patriarch of the clan, sticks up for the black man who comes to work for him Smith s PC no [...]

    25. Josh Liller on said:

      I finally read this book under a perfect storm half a dozen personal recommendations within a year, acquiring a free copy, heading up a Florida book club, and the author s death I think I was just old enough to not have it assigned as reading when I was in school.This book lives up to its hype I found it an easy and interesting read with a great view of Florida Cracker life In its effort to be realistic, it is fairly serious and often sad There are few typical villains full of greed and malice m [...]

    26. Brian on said:

      My Floridian in laws recommended this book It s a fascinating look at development in Florida from the Civil War to modern times Written through the eyes of a fictionalized family, it gives perspective into the rise of U.S civilization in Florida.The writing is of average quality, a bit wordy and colloquial but in a way that contributes to the tone of the book The characters are equal parts well thought out and caricature There s not much by way of character growth or changes, but I found a belie [...]

    27. Christine on said:

      If you have ever wondered how people lived in Florida prior to the advent of the air conditioner and the automobile, you should definitely read this book A Land Remembered tells the story of the Florida pioneers apparently, that great pioneering spirit that conquered the American west was alive and well in Florida in the years following the Civil War, go figure The fictional Macivey family were settlers, pioneers, cattle rangers, orange farmers, and, finally, real estate tycoons Four stars for t [...]

    28. Natalie on said:

      The characters in the book were rather one dimensional, and had no real flaws or growth over time and the book takes place over several generations of one family, so that s a good deal of time It also suffered from some editing errors the spinach in the teeth of the literary world and there are few other things as jarring to an aspiring copy editor proofreader I m still giving it four stars It was a captivating story, and my favorite character was the actual state of Florida itself reading about [...]

    29. Morgan on said:

      I did not enjoy this book and wouldn t recommend if to anyone The first few chapters were so dry and didn t catch my attention whatsoever If I didn t have to read this book for school I wouldn t have read it at all Growing up in Florida, did allow me to understand the book but I found it very uninteresting Maybe it was that it was from to long ago that I couldn t get interested but I found it extremely boring I didn t like the writing style and found myself falling asleep as I read People in Fl [...]

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