- 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: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #277,853 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 ›
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.
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 11 months ago by kishadawn
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 23 months ago by Shannon L
I read this when I was much younger and loved it. It was always in my mind to read it again, so I picked up a copy and was surprised at how awful it was. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Anonymous