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A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
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Apr 18, 12

Read in April, 2012

This book has already garnered so many accolades that there isn't much that I can add. I mean, it already won a Pulitzer Prize, for crying out loud. It wears its Shakespearean antecedents with absolutely no pretension -- it is set on a Midwest hog farm, quite a conceptual leap from the pre-Roman Celtic mileu of King Lear. For the first half of this book, the characters slog through the trials and difficulties of farm life with the stoicism for which Midwesterners are famous. So life is tough; suck it up and get on with it. When the emotional floodgates open, though, the ensuing tragedy is as full of diabolical human passion as the Bard himself ever depicted. A drive through the farm belt will never feel quite the same.

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