Whitehall Kindle Edition
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- Publication date : January 29, 2019
- File size : 9912 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 333 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07N8M1Z5W
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #461,477 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The author wove the narrative of a young couple’s effort to homestead in the Texas panhandle in the 1880’s with the harshness and danger of the land, the loneliness and the consuming drive necessary to grow a ranch. The story follows several generations, from homestead to dustbowl through war. Just as every family’s history survives history, we are privy to how each individual’s strengths and peculiarities are stretched by their faith and family dynamics of loss and caring.
The dialects become easy to read as you know the characters. “Ah got plenty ov that ter do myself.” And words that may be unknown are explained, “I could have the ‘doggies’(scrubby anemic motherless calves) if I could get ‘em home. Usually they’s lots ove ‘dogies’but they’s jist left whar they’s found ‘cause they ain’t strong enough to make th’ long drive home.”
We are given insight to each family member by our narrator but always in the context of the story. “In order to wipe out unhappy memories Joe resorted to working harder and putting in longer hours.” Although each new character is integrated well into the story, a list of characters or a family tree would be useful.
The story continued to develop new community concepts from cooperation to the distrust of immigrants, from dedicated love, through sibling rivalry, grief, mental illness, retardation, anger and the effort to deal with modernization. All real stuff of every family!