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Preview — Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell
Set during the Depression in the depleted farmlands surrounding Augusta, Georgia, Tobacco Road was first published in 1922. It is the story of the Lesters, a family of white sharecroppers so destitute that most of their creditors have given up on them. Debased by poverty to an elemental state of ignorance and selfishness, the Lesters are preoccupied by their hunger, sexual...more
Rating: 3* of five
The Publisher Says: University of Georgia Press's sales copy--Set during the Depression in the depleted farmlands surrounding Augusta, Georgia, Tobacco Road was first published in 1932. It is the story of the Lesters, a family of white sharecroppers so destitute that most of their creditors have given up on them. Debased by poverty to an elemental state of ignorance and selfishness, the Lesters are preoccupied by their hunger, sexual longings, and fear that ...more
This is one of the most powerful books I have ever read. While there were certain humorous passages, I did not find this book in the least bit funny, and I cannot understand the thinking of anyone who did.
The Lesters were a family who were caught up in the end of an era - the era of sharecropping, b ...more
Tobacco Road has haunted me for days. The characters and their shenanigans have permeated my subconscious. I cannot help but dwell on it even when I am not actively reading.
Jeeter Lester and his family are unforgettable. They live in rural Georgia during the height of the Great Depression and practically starving to death on their sharecropper cotton farm. The men are amoral, ruthless, and liars. The women have physical deformities and are just as mean-spirited. It i ...more
The thing is, author Erskine Caldwell apparently meant for this book to be a true portrayal of life amongst poverty stricken people in the rural South. But it is easy to see why so many people mistook Tobacco Road as a comedy. We are introduced to a few members of the Lester family; Jeter, Ada, Ellie ...more
Some considered Tobacco Road a pulp novel. Others said it is a failure either as a comedy or a tragedy. And of course, the entire South rejected it indignantly (but didn’t they do the same with Faulkner?) on the grounds of image denigration.
With all these more or less accurate descriptions, what made writers like Faulkner or Saul Bellow prize the book, moreover, why is it included in Modern Library's list of the Best 100 Novels in the English Language and, finally, how come is i ...more
The reason I was drawn to it was ...more
It seems to me this was meant to be a statement about social injustice, namely the mistreatment/dismissal of the poor. Often hard to stomach, Caldwell's cast are more caricatures than characters.
Yet while the main character Jeeter Lester is perpetually lazy, immoral, and simple, I couldn't help but feel for the tragedy of his circumstances. For despite his faults, and there are many, the man has noble intentions...at the end of the day, he ...more
on a good note, the character of ellie mae had captivating imagery. her blazing red split lip, pouring from her nostril; her always peering out from behind one or another chinaberry tree like some wild creature. the book isn't worth reading for th ...more
كان رجلاً يحب أن يُنبت بعض الأشياء في الأرض. والمصانع لا تصلح محلاً لرجل تجري تلك الرغبة القوية في دمائه. فالمصانع تشبه السيارات بعض الشبه، إنها صالحة لقضاء فترة من الوقت يلهو فيها الإنسان، لكنها لا تزوّده بالحُب الذي تغدقه الأرض عليه. فالأرض تسهر بشكل من الأشكال على مصلحة الناس الذين يُبقون أقدامهم فوقها. وحين يقف الناس طول الوقت على الألواح الخشبية المنصوبة في الابنية ويمشون في الشوارع المفروشة بالاسمنت فعندئذ تفقد الأرض اهتمامها بالإنسان.
The depression era Lester family is living, or rather, eking out a living south of Augusta, Georgia. Once cotton farmers, they lose their plantation and then their home to modern equipment and rapacious money lenders. Without food, money or purpose, o ...more
To be fair, Lester Jeeter is trash. His family is trash. Neither he nor they have anything closely resembling what any "normal" peopl ...more
The Lester family is so unlikeable, so depraved and so deprived, it is hard to read Tobacco Road without your mouth hung open in astonishment--as if you were staring dumbly down Bessie's "double barrel" nose or the slit in Ellie May's lip. The humanity of thes ...more
The story follows a few days in the lives of the Lesters -- a hillbilly family of former sharecroppers living on their former employer's land beside a "tobacco road." Jeeter, the self-doomed patron of the Lester family, is obsessed with trying to farm the land again despite its increased infertility and his toxic reputation amongst creditors. His family is so consumed with hunger that they have room for few thoughts, other than wanting a fashionable dress to die in, (his wife), a workin ...more
يبدأ أفراد عائلته بالتخلي عنه واحدا بعد الآخر عدا ابنته اللي ماي و ديود اللذان لم يجدا مكانا يذهبان إليه...
تجسد الحكاية كيف أن وله شخص بشيء ما لا ينتهي أبدا حتى عندما يدرك الجميع والشخص ذاته أيضا أن الشيء مستحيل.. فهنا يحاول جيتر(المزارع) أن يزرع الأرض ببذور القطن عاما بعد عام مع أنه لا يملك لا بذور القطن ولا السماد للأرض ولا بغلا ليحرث الأرض..
استعجبت جدا من العلاقة الإنسانية التي تربط ...more