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The Time of Man

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  65 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Considered her finest work and an American classic, Roberts's novel traces the coming of age of Ellen Chesser, the daughter of a poor itinerant farmer. Against all privations and the forces that would subdue her, Ellen is sustained by a sense of wonder and by an awareness of her own being. Reduced to the bare elements of life, her world becomes a ceremony of daily duties t ...more
Paperback, 420 pages
Published February 24th 2000 by University Press of Kentucky (first published 1935)
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With this novel, I feel like i've just been on a nice trip. The novel is slow, almost gratingly so, but at the same time I feel that the level of detail that it presented was beautifully intimate. Ellen's story is a tough one to grasp at first; it doesn't have a lot of conflict, and there's no overarching plot. This is bottled life, captured amongst the Kentucky sharecroppers in the 1920's and preserved in these pages. Even more, it's the story of overcoming life's h
The cadence of Ellen's speech took some acclimation, but it has an almost poetic beauty as she makes such declarations as she will love Jasper "all her endurin days." Or when she comes across the grave of a powerful judge, she cries out, "I'm Ellen Chesser! I 'm here! I'm a-liven."For me, The Time of Man and Ellen's life represent what happens to a woman with imagination and dreams and absolutely no way to achieve them. Roberts has given us a profound look into the life of a sharecropper and a s ...more
I will write a full review of this book in a little while, but for now, let me just say that it is a great work of art detailing tennant farming life in the early 1920s. While I can barely imagine the lonliness and heartache associated with the lifestyle, EMR does a fantastic job pulling you into that world and leaving you with the same emotions and despair as her characters might feel. Beautifully written, complex story of a simple life.
It’s very wordy and a long slog, but there’s an interesting story buried in it. And if you’re someone who enjoys getting lost in well-evoked setting, you’ll be in clover.
This is a coming of age story set in rural Kentucky in the early 20th Century. It follows Ellen Chesser from 13 years old until late middle age. Ellen’s introspection is well handled as she matures throughout the course of the book.
Sherry Chandler
Feb 02, 2009 Sherry Chandler rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who like to take it slow
Shelves: classics
I reviewed this at my blog.
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