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I have tried to read this book a few times but after struggling for over 50 pages, I had to put it down.
It reads like an overly long short story--the kind of short story that eschews plot and character development for description and myopic literary details.
The book really just doesn't go anywhere, I ended it with so many questions and unaddressed hopes for the family that it just annoyed me.
Ms Russell wrote a story about a family's difficult life in the swamp which reads like a masterful symphony. It is the compelling prose which urges the reader on.Published 4 days ago by Pat
Really enjoyed this story.Have lived in Florida for 30 years and would never have believed there was a family like the Bigtrees. Read morePublished 5 days ago by pegtron
A bit of a downer, like a car accident up the road you know it's coming and even so you can't stop moving forward and LOOKING once you get there...Published 11 days ago by Jeremy E.
Swamplandia is less like a novel than a scrapbook of clever setups the author hasn't yet come up with ways to resolve. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Nick Ciarochi
There were a couple of moments I couldn't put this book down, and the writing is fun, but in general, it's a meandering pointless story with a horribly dark turn towards the end. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
I have read 32% of this book. Doing something I rarely do, I am giving up on the story. It is one depressing situation after another with each decision they make putting them in... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Idaho Gem
Great language. Weird story line. Beautiful descriptions. I see why the author was nominated for the Pulitzer, and understand why she did not receive it. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Geri Burns