House of Earth

House of Earth

A Novel

Book - 2013
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The only finished novel from the legendary American folk singer portrays life in Dust Bowl America with the story of Tike and Ella May Hamil, who struggle to plant roots in the arid land of the Texas Panhandle.
Publisher: New York : Harper, [2013]
Edition: 1st ed
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780062248398
0062248391
Branch Call Number: F GUTHR-W
Characteristics: xliv, 234 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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winston2006
Jun 23, 2014

Guthrie should have stayed with songwriting and left the field of literature to real writers like Hemingway and Lawrence, particularly when he tried to interject sex into his "novel." The book was packed with interesting colloquialisms of the era, but the sex in the barn was contrived and out of touch with the rest of the short story. Clearly, those in the movie industry back in the thirties knew what they were doing when they turned this one down.

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kakacurt
Jun 30, 2013

Interesting for the cultural knowledge of Woody Guthrie. But certainly not one of my favorite books. A fairly base book including a large part about the sexual exploits between the farmer and his wife that detracts from the whole.

I almost enjoyed the "forward" more than the book. More interesting.

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BPTADiscusses
Nov 29, 2013

But. Fight what? Fight who? Fight where? When? The wind, or the rain? Fight the moon and the stars? Rip off his clothes and fight the seasons and the clouds? Fight the wind and fight the dust because it came at the wrong time, never at the right time?...Fight the people that come out across the yard to collect all kinds of silly debts? Go fight the state capitol, the city hall, the public toilet? What?

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