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Penhally (Southern Classics Series) Paperback – November 18, 1991


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  • Series: Southern Classics Series
  • Paperback: 298 pages
  • Publisher: J.S. Sanders Books; Reprint edition (November 18, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879941031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879941038
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,507,597 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Penhally is the best American novel that I know.--Ford Madox Ford -- The Bookman, December 1931

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"It is the progress, in a closely related set of miniatures, of the disintegration of a family, coincident with the disruption of a culture whose virtues are stable and traditional."--Andrew Lytle

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Julie Failla Earhart on February 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
Caroline Gordon's first novel, Penhally, was published in 1931. It is a plantation novel where the setting, the mansion named Penhally, is as much a protagonist as the main characters. Nick Llewlynn, as the eldest son, as inherited the plantation, house, slaves and tobacco fields. The novel is broken into three parts: Part I's setting is during the pre-Civil War era, but revolves around the disagreement Nick and his half-brother, Ralph. The second part deals with Nick and Ralph's nephew, John, as the main protagonist and centers around John's escapades during the War and the problems/suffering the South endured during Recontruction. The third part is more current and deals with John's grandsons, Chance and Nick. Nick, as the oldest son, as inherited the estate, but it's Chance that loves the land. Problems erupt when Nick wants to sell the ancestoral home. The novel is sometimes difficult to comprehend because Ms.Gordon doesn't always define the relationship of the characters. The only other problem is with the dialect in the beinning.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julie Failla Earhart on February 5, 2000
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Caroline Gordon's first novel, Penhally, was published in 1931. It is a plantation novel where the setting, the mansion named Penhally, is as much a protagonist as the main characters. Nick Llewlynn, as the eldest son, as inherited the plantation, house, slaves and tobacco fields. The novel is broken into three parts: Part I's setting is during the pre-Civil War era, but revolves around the disagreement Nick and his half-brother, Ralph. The second part deals with Nick and Ralph's nephew, John, as the main protagonist and centers around John's escapades during the War and the problems/suffering the South endured during Recontruction. The third part is more current and deals with John's grandsons, Chance and Nick. Nick, as the oldest son, as inherited the estate, but it's Chance that loves the land. Problems erupt when Nick wants to sell the ancestoral home. The novel is sometimes difficult to comprehend because Ms.Gordon doesn't always define the relationship of the characters. The only other problem is with the dialect in the beinning.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful By William A. Meriwether MD on November 24, 2013
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Even though the author was a cousin of mine, and the book was based loosely on my family, I thought it was boringly uninteresting and plotless.
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