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Interesting facts but difficult to read or listen to.
on November 24, 2013
Certainly, the historical information presented by the author is done is a comprehensive and with genuine empathy. However, there is something about the intertwining plots which makes the story difficult to follow and keep in perspective. I read about 1/2 of the book and had to stop. I found I couldn't read more than a few pages. Perhaps, it was just overwhelming in the degree of despair I felt for our "anglo" brothers. Ah, and maybe that is it. Color me purple, but it feels like the author has thing going against European immigrants. I can't put my finger on it but the same sharp critical edge doesn't come out against the mexicans or indians. I proceeded to purchase the audio book, thinking it would be a better experience but found it the same as the book. Either too much information or I have a better sense with the audio book that the plot keeps looping back.. as in like a movie where there are 4 or 5 plots running, and overlapping and you know, where suddenly you are watching a scene that starts with "45 minutes ago". It wears you out. I've put off viewing the PBS Dustbowl movie or series until I finish the audio book. Maybe, that will make the view through the dust much clearer.