A Land Remembered

A Land Remembered

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by Patrick D. Smith
     
 

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

PIn 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

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

PIn 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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561645398
Publisher:
Pineapple Press, Inc.
Publication date:
09/20/2012
Series:
A Land Remembered
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
24,876
File size:
508 KB

Meet the Author

A native of Mendenhall, Mississippi, Patrick Smith earned both a B.A. and a master’s degree in English from the University of Mississippi. He moved to Florida in 1966 and began writing the novels about Florida that would make bring him lifelong recognition: The River Is Home, The Beginning, Forever Island, Angel City, Allapattah, and A Land Remembered. Smith has been nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize: in 1973 for Forever Island, which was a 1974 selection of Reader’s Digest Condensed Books; in 1978 for Angel City, which was produced as a movie of the week for the CBS television network; and in 1984 for A Land Remembered, which was an Editors’ Choice selection of the New York Times Book Review. In the annual statewide Best of Florida poll conducted by Florida Monthly Magazine, A Land Remembered has been ranked #1 Best Florida Book eight times. In 1985 Smith’s lifetime work was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature. In 1999 he was inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame, which is the highest cultural honor bestowed by the state of Florida. In May 2002 Smith was the recipient of the Florida Historical Society’s Fay Schweim Award as the “Greatest Living Floridian.” The one-time-only award was established to honor the one individual who has contributed the most to Florida in recent history. Additionally, Smith earned the 2012 Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing presented by the Florida Humanities Council. The judges felt that “Patrick Smith’s books have been hugely significant to the citizens of Florida . . . [and] that A Land Remembered is an iconic Florida book that has resonated with generations of Floridians in helping people understand the history of this remarkable state.”

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A Land Remembered 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Jan4JuicePlus More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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) =)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
parshooter More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this one down. Fascinating story written superbly. Looking for others he's written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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'
Guest More than 1 year ago
When we moved to Florida a year ago, this book was recommended and I just got around to reading it. Written in the James Michener style, without the long winded history, it gives a very good picture of some of the people that helped make the state what it is today, and at the same time paints a picture of the wildlife and landscape. A very well written book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in the late 80's early 90's while overseas on active duty in the U.s. Navy. My father gave it to me before I left. It brought so much comfort to me. I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale Fl., This book brought me home.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have read. A lot of Florida early history. Awesome book. My son told me to read it. Thanks
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a history from a family point of view. Events are included that are based on fact but told in novel form. The book follows a family for three generations from the Civil War to the development of the east coast of Florida. Having lived in the Palm Beach area, it was interesting that the first contact this family had with this area followed the stereo type that is all too true about the island of Palm Beach.
hillreads More than 1 year ago
Through simple narrative, this poignant tale spans generations of life in Florida from the wild and wooly past to the overly developed present-day situation. The author presents in vivid detail the effects of nature on mankind and vice versa. The story raised environmental awarenesses to a new level and changed the way I look at and appreciate the land and life in this beautiful state. Very rewarding reading ;most instructional for a non-native Florida citizen.
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i liked the book very much. Well told and kept my interest at all times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had it all, great characters, action, educational, and thought provoking.
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I love this type of historic novel. I lie to learn something of early times and subjects that are new to me with an adventure tale to go with it. This one tells the story of the early white people who came to Florida, what they found and how they scratched out a living. Land was cheap and cattle roamed free. The Seminoles owned it all but white purchased land titles and did what they wanted with it. Times were brutal and some survived to become wealthy despite the odds. The book held my interest until the last page.    
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Phyllis_M More than 1 year ago
While I have always been aware of the hardships endured by the pioneer settlers of the West, I never thought about the history of Florida and the courage of those that came first to the state. This story of the Maclvey family beginning in 1858 has all of the elements of a terrific tale -- love, loyalty, courage, hardship, family, perseverance and characters we can admire. Best of all the reader has the opportunity to experience history through the eyes of the characters. I will definitely read other books by Patrick Smith.
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