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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 495 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; 1st edition (October 1973)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385062443
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385062442
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book is an interesting read.
A. W. Craig
The worst involved a main character introduced at the very beginning of the book.
Iris
The characters were believable and the story line was good.
S. Schwartz

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. W. Craig on September 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
The book is an interesting read. While it definitely has elements of the old South, it is first and foremost a soap opera. The historical setting provides the backdrop for the story of the wealthy, prestigious Kendrick family and their many loves, mistakes, heartbreaks, and joys. The only similarities this book has with Gone with the Wind are the historical setting and the main protagonist's grit to survive during the upheaval of the Civil War. However, the focus of Gone with the Wind is on survival while the focus of Beulah Land is more on relationships between characters. The time jumps in Beulah Land often were frustrating as I wanted to read how the Kendricks survived rather than have it explained to me later in the book. However, it is an enjoyable read as you do want to stick with the book to see what will happen next with the characters.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ayden & Chase on January 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
I loved this book about the Kendall's right before and during the Civil War. This book is a sweeping saga that keeps you up at night and alert during the day!! Read this book if you love books about the southern familes during the Civil War. Some parts are graphic and heart wrenching but worth the read!!!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By S. Schwartz on April 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This was the first time that I've read a book by Lonnie Coleman. I picked it up because it was a story about the southern states and slavery before the war between the states. I liked the book. The characters were believable and the story line was good. It was fun to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Jacobsen VINE VOICE on August 17, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm giving this one 3.5 stars, mostly because of all the hype on the cover that this was a Southern-plantation saga on par with Gone With the Wind. (The Chicago Tribune raved that this was "Gone with the Wind....with sex!" ha)

It is indeed a saga about the Georgia plantation Beulah Land and it's owners and slaves. The story begins in the early 1800s and we're introduced to the first generation at Beulah Land. There are, of course a myriad of family members, slaves, and folks from the adjoining plantations.

The years roll by and the book covers all the way to 1861, so around three generations worth of marriage, betrayal, children, etc, all things saga-related.

I'm only able to give it 3.5 stars because it just couldn't sustain my interest all that much. Yes, it's more explicit than Gone With the Wind, but I honestly could have done without the sex....it just was written icky. There didn't seem to be one single healthy relationship amongst the lot of them. You'd think that with at least 30 characters, one or two of them might have a healthy, happy marriage? And speaking of sex, I'm not going to write a spoiler, but there is one particularly very nasty part (and I am super liberal when it comes to sex in books) that made me put the book down for a couple of hours. Ew[...] And can I just complain that every single reference, and there were dozens of them throughout the book, to a man's genitals used the word "dick"? How inventive.

I would have eventually tossed the book aside were it not for the occasional moments of sheer brilliant writing. As is normal for plantation-style sagas, there's a lot more telling than showing...and that's okay with me because that's where some of the best writing was.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Iris on November 1, 2008
Format: Paperback
As other reviewers have said, this is a soap opera set in the antebellum south. It's strength lies in its details about plantation life of the time. That is really the only plus I came away with from the book.

Where the novel fell down for me was in its character development and style. Too often the reader is told what has happened instead of being shown. The most glaring examples concerned the deaths of several characters. The worst involved a main character introduced at the very beginning of the book. I don't want to give too much more away, but the way it was handled was bizarre. The people most affected were not shown to be affected.

Some of the characters--Selma in particular--seemed completely pointless. Most of them are not three-dimensional and the primary female protagonist is almost too good to be true. She's a true soap opera victim.

There were some lovely descriptions, I did have a solid feel for Beulah Land itself, but most of the people living there made little meaningful impact.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gale Liveoak Dyer on October 28, 2001
Format: Paperback
The series of Beulah Land books are better than gone
with the wind. They are more realistic and historical.
I highly recommend these books by Lonnie Coleman!
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While I will admit that Coleman is a fairly talented writer I didn't think he did justice to the average Southern plantation. His Beulah Land was one big, happy, incestuous, family where salve and master lived more like intimate brothers and sisters than owner and property. Now, I might could forgive him for this over simplified idealism because I realize that not all Southern plantations were, "Uncle Tom's Cabins", but I can't overlook his apparent obsession with inadequate, unfulfilled sexuality in marriage. Almost all of his characters were either impotent, frigid, adulterous or gay, and some of them were a combination of all. It makes you wonder what happened in his youth to make him so cynical of sex in marriage.
Would I recommend this book as a serious, accurate Historical Fiction? Not really. Would I recommend it as a Romance Novel. Maybe. Would I recommend it as a pilot for a TV soap opera? Of course, and that's just what it became.
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