Saturday, 16 July 2011

Smiley, Jane "A Thousand Acres"

Smiley, Jane "A Thousand Acres" - 1991

"A successful Iowa farmer decides to divide his farm between his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. This sets off a chain of events that brings dark truths to light and explodes long-suppressed emotions. An ambitious reimagining of Shakespeare's 'King Lear' cast upon a typical American community in the late twentieth century, 'A Thousand Acres' takes on themes of truth, justice, love, and pride, and reveals the beautiful yet treacherous topography of humanity."

King Lear in Iowa. A very interesting novel about a family and their troubles. Even though we don't all live on a huge farm, we can picture this family and their problems. This book covers almost every subject and is gripping from the first to the last page. Amazing writing style. One of my all-time favourites.

I also read "The All-true Travels and Adventures of Lidie Newton" which I really loved, as well.

Jane Smiley received the Pulitzer Prize for "A Thousand Acres" in 1992.

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