A Land Remembered (Unabridged)
by Patrick D. Smith
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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.
Old Florida historical fiction novel
A well told story covering 3 generations of a Florida family from extremely humble beginnings to the accumulation of massive wealth. Reads like a Louis l'Amour novel with rough chiseled characters that and not only survive, but thrive in the wild outback of Florida in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Through many hardships and tragedies, the family uses common sense and determination to endure whatever is thrown at them. Excellent use of actual historical events (eg hurricanes, boom-bust cycles, war) as a backdrop to the family's journey through time.
Narrator's voice is pleasant and lends an extra helping of credibility to the characters' voices.