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God's Little Acre: A Novel (Brown Thrasher Books Ser.) Paperback – February 1, 1995
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Jo Carr, Sarasota, Fla.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
What William Faulkner implies, Erskine Caldwell records.(Chicago Tribune)
Caldwell is one of the best . . . a master illusionist who can create, as Hemingway did, an impression of absolute reality.(Time Magazine)
A beautifully integrated story of the barren southern farm and the shut southern mill, and one of the finest studies of the southern poor white which has ever come into our literature. Writing in the brutal images of the life of his poor white people, Mr. Caldwell has caught in poetic quality the debased and futile aspiration of men and women restless in a world of long hungers which must be satisfied quickly, if at all.(Saturday Review of Literature)
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Simple, uneducated people who comprised the characters in the book, did do not live a life with a perspective derived from college dorms, GameBoy or a value system indoctrination. They didn't know they were racist, they didn't know they were greedy and they didn't realize that being preoccupied with sex was a bad thing. I'm not so sure I did either. I kind of think that is the point, the author's presentation of something he knew and wanted to share with others, a life quite different from ours.
Don't scream and put your head in a paper bag when you read this book. Don't hyperventilate over racism, sex, poverty and a fool's search for gold. The book is good insight, the book captures the reality of a type of person that lived mostly at another place in time. It is a part of American history, it was a part of American life. I was born in the south, but not that long ago. The characters don't frighten me, they don't speak for me, but I know who they are. I honestly don't think going back to 1933 would be necessary to find these types of folks.
A great book, colorful and tantalizing story and it takes only a couple of hours to read. Don't let shrieking PC keep you from a learning experience.
So in one way the entire story (209 pages) is about guys lusting after girls, girls choosing to accept or reject a given lustful attempt, and the father either saying "I want everything to be peaceful" while goading every man he meets to sleep with Griselda.
There are other layers here too. The entire region is destitute. But while Ty Ty has a large spread of fertile land, he has dedicated the last 15 years of his life to digging gigantic holes in search of gold. He is starving to death - and his two negro share-croppers are also starving. Only 2 of the kids have escaped this hole-digging escapade. One is the married sister, Rosamond. She's married Will, a mill-worker. Unfortunately, the mill has shut down and the entire mill-town is starving. They are holding out for better wages and have lasted a year and a half on the barest of rations. The second is the oldest son, who made a ton of money brokering cotton and now refuses to talk to the rest of the family because of their foolish hole-digging.
So Will the mill-worker COULD work, but he and the town are holding out for principles.Read more ›
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In 1933 when Erskine Caldwell wrote "God's Little Acre" it was controversial. It has since sold 8 million paperbacks and has been translated into 21 languages. Read morePublished 10 days ago by A Rochester
I honestly couldn't see the point of this book, there was no 'moral of the story', no ah ha moments, no interesting plot, it was basically about all about men, & women lusting... Read morePublished 2 months ago by jackie zietsman
This was a daring novel when it was first published in 1933. It describes a poor, uneducated, racist and exploited family in the painfully segregated South of that time. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Art
I give this an A# for interest and a true picture iof the rural South in the Depression era days. I had no clue about the poverty which existed there!Published 5 months ago by Helen Farrand
Outstandingly descriptive writing that makes the novel difficult to put down - that is, if you're able to read it with an open mind. Read morePublished 6 months ago by PJ
Gods little acre is about a single father with 4 sons and 3 daughters who are sharecroppers. They eek out a living with cotton, but the main focus of Ty Ty (dad) is to strike it... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Charlotte's Web of Everything