A Land Remembered

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

Traces the story of the MacIvey family of Florida from 1858 to 1968.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780910923125
  • Publisher: Pineapple Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1988
  • Series: A Land Remembered Series
  • Pages: 404
  • Sales rank: 186,902
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2007

    Floridian

    I've read this book three times and each time I find something new. I've had the privilege of working and living in the area the author writes about. One truly intriguing aspect about the areas Smith refers to is they (for the most part)are still unchanged and undeveloped. Although the characters are fictitious, each trial and tribulation they encountered are based on well-documented Florida history. Anyone interested in visiting the areas written about should visit the Kissimmee River State Park north of Okeechobee and Fish Eating Creek on the west side of Okeechobee. (Note: The homestead the characters settled are most likely refered to as somewhere in the Kissimmee River State Park.) It's one thing to read a great book and imagine what the areas written about look like, it's completly different to be able to actually see the location for yourself! My wife is from Ft. Drum and her great Grand Father actually drove one of the last heards of cattle to Punta Rassa and then down to Cuba at the turn of the 20th century. Her father still works cows north of Okeechobee and the first time I saw him 'turn' a cow with a whip, I though I was looking at Tobias.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Wonderful

    I lived in Florida for 37 years and am very familiar with all the areas referred to in the book. I read this book several years ago, and have shared it with many. I'm now reading it in the Student Edition, before giving it to my grandchildren to enjoy. I could read this book over and over again and never tire of it. I'd like to have it available in Audio and Kindle. I can hardly put it down as before when I read it.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2010

    So exactly what is a Florida Cracker?

    The author captures Florida back in the day when Disney was not even thought of or any of the other theme parks that popped up in central Florida.

    Living in Florida with all the many critters one can't begin to imagine what it was like to live on the land with out all our modern conveniences. The many hardships that families faced on a day to day basis. Yet the romantic simplicity of days gone by is also a part of this read.

    I didn't want the story to end and yet I like the way it ended.

    The author truly captures "Ol' Florida" in a unique and believable way.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Favorite Book(:

    Ok, look... I'm 15 and the first time I read this book, my history teacher in 8th grade made all of his classes read it. At first I thought that old man was off his hinges, but not one of his students regret reading it now! GREATEST BOOK EVER!!! (that coming from a teenager MUST mean something)

    HARD WORK, EDUCATION, INDIVIDUAL RESPONSBILITY (words from a very wise man) =)

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2009

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    5th generation Floridan

    Did not think a book could bring me to tears, but this one did the job. I have listened to my dad's old Florida stories for years and have enjoyed hearing of the Everglades hunting camp he visited as a child. This novel was like listening to those stories. Old Florida before so called "progress" bettered things. I will never know the land described so vividly in this novel, but I also know I will never again look at our native trees, plants, wildlife, weather and history the same after reading this beautiful story!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2009

    I COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!

    GREAT BOOK! COMBINES A WONDERFUL STORY AND PAINTS A DETAILED HISTORY OF EARLY FLORIDA! YOU WONT BE DISAPPOINTED! A GREAT READ!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

    Fantastic! Could not put it down.

    This book was chosen by someone in our book club and I thought it was going to be educational, a difficult read. The cover looked real boring and it is over four hundred pages. Boy, I was pleasantly surprised.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 21, 2009

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    One of my favorite books

    I question whether this one is a favorite as I have read many many books. I first read it in 9th grade and fell in love with it. You'll fall in love with the characters. When the book comes to an end you will almost wish it didn't. This book remains in my book collecton because it is one of the few that kept my attention from the first chapter. Read it! You won't regret it. My only complaint is the book cover. It is hideous!!! But as the old saying goes, " Can't judge a book by its cover." Especilly in this case.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    What an awesome read

    This is one of the best books I have read. Great characters as well as learning the history of Florida. I would recommend this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 11, 2008

    best book i have ever read ever!

    this is a REAL boook, with a true and interesting story. as it turned out, the families home was VERY close to where i lived and it was amazing to hear a vurtual play by play of how this once completly natural state was changed forever by man! we can and should learn alot from the past!<BR/>I AM ALL FOR MAKING THIS BOOK A MOVIE!!!!!!!!!! LOVED IT!<BR/>did i mention that I never want to read and this one had me from the start!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2014

    Love!

    I had to read this book in high school and although I am not much older then I was then I still love this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2014

    This is truly one of the most beautiful books that I can remembe

    This is truly one of the most beautiful books that I can remember reading. The love of family, land, home and country are so vividly displayed in the pages of
    &quot;A Land Remembered&quot;. I laughed, cried and was truly sorry when the story ended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2013

    A sweeping grand look at the evolution of Florida

    This book means a lot to me. My family is native to Florida going back four generations and the stories this book tells could be my stories. (Minus the gold dubloons.)
    The family tries to do what is best and like all uf us, doesn't always succeed. You will also get an intense sense of what La Florida was like before all the development of today. It must have been truly wild and enchanting and I pity us all that we have lost so much.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2013

    A must read!

    This is a great book for everyone, even if you n't live inFlorida.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2013

    I wanted to like a review and it went to report it was by a 15 year old posted on Jan 15.

    I can't wait to read this book. I moved to Florida from Texas and history is very important to me. I loved that review written by the teenager.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 1, 2013

    One of the ten best books I've ever read!

    Couldn't put this one down. Fascinating story written superbly. Looking for others he's written.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

    on the fence

    Having lived nearly my whole life in Florida, I enjoyed reading about the history of the state from the Civil War on, which is rarely written about. It lagged a little in some spots, but I mainly take issue with the end. Solomon Macivey is an embittered man who places blame on others for what he's done.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2007

    As a history teacher...

    i recommend this book to any who wish to grasp further knowledge of Florida's history. This book is very historically accurate, although the characters are of course fictional, the way of life is very true. I had my students read this story for a class assignment, I did not hear one student say they were uninterested. Everytime i give the assignment, I re-read the story and find new details that I hadnt noticed before. It never fails to keep me on my toes in anticipation.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2007

    wonderful reading

    The author tells a heart warming tale and gives us a bit of local history with how change effects people.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    To be able to see through the eyes of everybody in this story. the building, the teachings, love, romance, death... you see it all, this book gives you a perfect 'mind-movie'

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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