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A house in the uplands

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Published 1946 by Duell, Sloan, & Pearce
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Vasha7
May 28, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A ridiculously overheated melodrama set on a decaying southern plantation, featuring a prideful, spoiled young "aristocrat", his mother who encourages him in those traits, his neglected, weepy wife, their downtrodden servants and field hands, a "modern" cousin, an earthy lower-class tenant... and more tumultuous passions, angry outbursts, tearful scenes, conflicts, financial troubles, and predictable plot developments than you'd wish to count. I guess it's a "classic" because it's so typical of ...more
Sarah
Aug 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I nearly killed myself while I was reading this book. 2 thumbs down.
Amerynth
Jul 09, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boy, I really didn't like Erskine Caldwell's "A House in the Uplands." It was all melodrama, and not even fun melodrama at that.

Simpering Lucyanne loves her husband, who is a cheating bastard that beats her up. She was such an annoying character that I'm not sure why he would ever have married her in the first place. A series of other one-dimensional characters make weird decisions and declarations to move the story along.

I don't know why this is on the 1,001 list frankly.
Natàlia Cerezo
Jan 09, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It is so badly written and the characters are so hateful I couldn't bring myself to finish it, just endured 40 pages or so.
Rafa
Nov 03, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Malo, sin más.
Sean Homrig
May 03, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To read this book, to get to know the two-dimensional characters within it, and try to absorb the terrible broken-record dialogue is to hate it. There is not a single character who redeems themselves by the end of this story, including the "heroine" who (spoilers!) spends the vast majority of the story pining after her drunken, wife-beating husband when she should be high-tailing it out of the county to live with her parents. Misogyny aside, the book is laced with racism that appears there just ...more
James
Jun 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A per usual, a very quick and easy read, a typical Caldwell style read and book. I felt for the wife in the story, but, generally as a rule of thumb, I find that once I have read one Caldwell book, the rest are pretty well, the same.
Russell Bittner
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“God have mercy on me!” is the most popular refrain of Mama Elsie, Grady’s mother and—if parents can be blamed for turning their children into monsters—the principal author of this modern-day Frankenstein’s Monster, Grady Dunbar. Even Grady would appear to think this when, with his dying breath, he says to Lucyanne, his much-abused wife, on p. 123: “‘I used to try hard, but I couldn’t do anything about it. I guess I was made to be like I am.’”

A House in the Uplands is another Southern saga tol
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Michał Gajewski
A rather depressing account of the paupered South with egntlemen turned into gamblers and chivalry into cruelty towards women.
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Erskine Preston Caldwell was an American author. His writings about poverty, racism and social problems in his native South won him critical acclaim, but they also made him controversial among fellow Southerners of the time who felt he was holding the region up to ridicule.
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