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In the Fall

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Oh My Gosh!

I am an avid reader; the more I read the pickier I get. This is by far one of the most intelligent, well crafted, poetic, and meaningful books I have ever read. This book is filled with passion and a keen insight into the lives of three individuals that span...
I am an avid reader; the more I read the pickier I get. This is by far one of the most intelligent, well crafted, poetic, and meaningful books I have ever read. This book is filled with passion and a keen insight into the lives of three individuals that span three generations beginning with slavery of the civil war. Run, don't walk to your nearest book store and get this one!

posted by Anonymous on November 14, 2001

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

A rich, detailed, passionate family epic, not for the faint of heart

Although I felt the writing to be unnecessarily detailed, particularly with regard to life on the farm, or the description of landscapes, at its heart I found the story to be captivating, intriguing, and compelling. Anyone who is interested in the Civil War time period,...
Although I felt the writing to be unnecessarily detailed, particularly with regard to life on the farm, or the description of landscapes, at its heart I found the story to be captivating, intriguing, and compelling. Anyone who is interested in the Civil War time period, Reconstruction, or the societal and generational impact of slavery on American culture would find this book a good read. The regular sexual interludes, while realistic in the animalistic, romantic and violent episodes didn't contribute much to the story for me, although I didn't find them gratuitous. There were also one too many cliches for my liking. This book likely could have been shortened by at least 10% and still provided the storyline its full impact.

posted by jmay on October 18, 2011

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    A rich, detailed, passionate family epic, not for the faint of heart

    Although I felt the writing to be unnecessarily detailed, particularly with regard to life on the farm, or the description of landscapes, at its heart I found the story to be captivating, intriguing, and compelling. Anyone who is interested in the Civil War time period, Reconstruction, or the societal and generational impact of slavery on American culture would find this book a good read. The regular sexual interludes, while realistic in the animalistic, romantic and violent episodes didn't contribute much to the story for me, although I didn't find them gratuitous. There were also one too many cliches for my liking. This book likely could have been shortened by at least 10% and still provided the storyline its full impact.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Good but not great

    This is a good story and thought provoking, when I was finally done. It's not an easy read, too descriptive, long, and ultimately, depressing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2008

    Not as Enthusiastic

    I just finished this book after previously reading Ivan Doig's The Whistling Season. I had high hopes as this book came highly recommended. However, I felt the prose dragged along in many spots and was difficult to follow at times (perhaps due to the author's overuse of fragments). The multigenerational story is interesting and the characters are well drawn, but I feel the story could have been told in about half the pages and still been as effective.

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    Posted October 23, 2008

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