|Nomadic SA Chick||
Page Count: 371
Fiction Genre: American, Family, Adult, Retelling
Dates Read: September 4-8, 2015
When patriarch Larry Cook decides to retire from his prosperous Iowa farm, he decides to divide it between his three daughters, but the youngest daughter, Caroline, quickly finds herself disinherited. Oldest daughter Ginny is determined to keep her family together, but soon her childhood memories come flooding back.
King Lear set on an Iowa farm. I cannot give you my full feedback on this without spoiling it for you, but let me just say this was a horrible bastardized version of a literature classic. Smiley basic raped Shakespeare work. The writing is as dry as a corn field during a rainless August, and the story just drags on. The one thing I enjoyed about this book was Ginny I felt that she was the only character that Smiley spent any time developing. Ginny worked hard and knew so much heart-ache. All she wanted was for his sisters to be happy and healthy, and to have children of her own. A Thousand Acres was long, dull, and boring, and seemed to take a long time to go nowhere.
Ratings (based on a 10 point scale)
Quality of Writing - 6
Pace - 3
Plot Development - 4
Characters - 5
Enjoyability - 4
Insightfulness - 5
Ease of Reading - 6
Photos/Illustrations - N/A
Overall Rating - 2 out of 5 stars