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A Land Remembered
by Patrick D., Smith

Published: 2012-09-20
Kindle Edition : 403 pages
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A Land Remembered has been ranked #1 Best Florida Book eight times in annual polls conducted by Florida Monthly Magazine.

In this best-selling novel, Patrick Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from ...

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A Land Remembered has been ranked #1 Best Florida Book eight times in annual polls conducted by Florida Monthly Magazine.

In this best-selling novel, Patrick Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. The story opens in 1858, when Tobias MacIvey arrives in the Florida wilderness to start a new life with his wife and infant son, and ends two generations later in 1968 with Solomon MacIvey, who realizes that the land has been exploited far beyond human need. The sweeping story that emerges is a rich, rugged Florida history featuring a memorable cast of crusty, indomitable Crackers battling wild animals, rustlers, Confederate deserters, mosquitoes, starvation, hurricanes, and freezes to carve a kingdom out of the swamp. But their most formidable adversary turns out to be greed, including finally their own. Love and tenderness are here too: the hopes and passions of each new generation, friendships with the persecuted blacks and Indians, and respect for the land and its wildlife.

A Land Remembered was winner of the Florida Historical Society's Tebeau Prize as the Most Outstanding Florida Historical Novel. Now in its 14th hardcover printing, it has been in print since 1984 and is also available in trade paperback.

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-Most people probably have perceptions of Florida as the home of theme parks and vacation spots. How has your idea of Florida changed since reading this book?
-The topic of environmentalism, especially in some endangered areas of Florida, is a critical one today. Discuss how people like the MacIveys both hurt and helped the Florida environment.
-The MacIveys’ acceptance of people of different cultures helped them to make friends who stood by the MacIveys in their most difficult times. What made these mutually beneficial relationships possible?
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  "A Land Remembered"by carolfleming (see profile) 02/21/16

Our club rated it a 3.3. We are all new to this region of Florida and found it informative geographically and interesting. Poorly written, without accurate historical details, nor any character depth.... (read more)

 
by claireb11 (see profile) 02/18/16

 
  "A Land Remembered"by Pigeon364 (see profile) 02/18/16

Recommend for Floridians, especially newcomers. Educational

 
by lmorgal (see profile) 02/17/16

 
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