- 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 (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Beulah Land Hardcover – October, 1973
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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.Read more ›
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.
Margaret Mitchell, was (although not considered by her contemporaires in her youth) a Lady, and being such, she wrote as one. I love the tale of Scarlett and Rhett. It is a true classic.
This book is not in any way, an "inflation" of Margaret Mitchell's story. This book stands proudly on its own two feet.
Seasoned with contemptable characters, sex (and while the situations are quite explicit), and situations, I proudly rate this book with a four star rating.
In reading this book, do not compare it to Gone with the Wind. Read it as a totally different book, with fresh characters. It is well written, and the chapters are quite short (I like this because you don't feel commitment to read pages and pages and pages to get to the end of the chapter), and it is, in and of itself, as southern as a Mint Julep. To be taken slowly, and each page to be savoured upon...
Read this book...you will be very glad you did!Gone with the WindRhett Butler's People
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Plot line was messy and hard to follow. I hated the jumping from character to character. This could of been a great book if the author would of stayed on topic rather than plot... Read morePublished 6 months ago by kishadawn
A very good read. Beulah Land is a plantation in Georgia. This is NOT a Gone With the Wind. It's much rawer The characters are well defined, even the minor ones. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Cathy L. Craigo
An absolutely wonderful series of books. If you like Gone With the Wind, you will love Lonnie Coleman's Beulah Land. Just think of GWTW with a lot more scandal and sex.Published 17 months ago by Shannon L