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De wetten van het land

door Jane Smiley

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A successful Iowa farmer decides to divide his farm between his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. This sets off a chain of events that brings dark truths to light and explodes long-suppressed emotions. An ambitious reimagining of Shakespeare's King Lear cast upon a typical American community in the late twentieth century, A Thousand Acres takes on themes of truth, justice, love, and pride, and reveals the beautiful yet treacherous topography of humanity.… (meer)
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    King Lear door William Shakespeare (browner56)
    browner56: The original and a modern retelling of a powerful story involving some very strong women
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    Het lied van de vlakten door Kent Haruf (lyzadanger)
    lyzadanger: Similar treatment of broad-open landscapes and middle American family values.
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    Een huishouden door Marilynne Robinson (sturlington)
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    The Lobster Kings door Alexi Zentner (kjgormley)
    kjgormley: They are both King Lear retellings.
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    We Were the Mulvaneys door Joyce Carol Oates (AlisonY)
    AlisonY: Similarities in terms of relationships that breakdown between families. Both are like watching a car crash in slow motion.
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    1606 : William Shakespeare and the year of Lear door James Shapiro (amarie)
    amarie: Insight into King Lear source and everything else happening that year.
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I enjoyed this book for the quality of the writing. The story is sad. The thousand acres of farmland is a metaphor for the vast spaces between each member of the family, and the dark acres of the human heart within a family. It tells about how passion can go so terribly wrong, just like the land that eventually fails or falls short of expectations.

The quote at the beginning of the book summarizes this well:

The body repeats the landscape. They are the source of each other and create each other. We were marked by the seasonal body of earth, by the terrible migrations of people, by the swift turn of a century, verging on change never before experienced on this greening planet.
Meridel Le Sueur
"The Ancient People and the Newly Come" ( )
  CarolBurrows | Aug 1, 2021 |
A Thousand Acres (Flamingo Originals) by Jane Smiley (1992) ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
fiction (king lear, retold--complete with all the extremes of family drama). [the 25th pulitzer-winning book I read in 2015.] ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
This was my first Jane Smiley novel. She is a master writer—you feel she won’t let you down or lose control of her plot, her characters. The book reminded me that I love retellings. I think especially of The Mere Wife that retells the epic of Beowulf and is one of the most memorable books of recent reading. I look forward to exploring more of Smiley’s work. ( )
  jdukuray | Jun 23, 2021 |
I stopped on page 313 of this 371 page book. I couldn't bear to read the ending. It's a difficult book, subject matter-wise, and while it is a
testament to a great writer that I should continue reading even as my apprehension grew, I ultimately decided to discontinue. The narrator discovers more of her history on her scenic Iowa farm and small town than she knew as she and her husband receive the mixed-blessing of ownership of the family farm, the 'thousand acres'. The relationship of her and her sister was especially compelling. Great characters--a 'man of few words' father; a good, gentle husband; a modernized, prodigal organic-farmer son. Putting it down equates to putting my hands over my eyes during an intense movie scene, not uncommon for me. ( )
  Melorak | Jun 23, 2021 |
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Does this sound familiar?

At the opening of Jane Smiley's latest novel, "A Thousand Acres," the narrator, a woman named Virginia Cook Smith, describes the farm in Zebulon County, Iowa, that she and her two younger sisters, Rose and Caroline, have grown up on: "Paid for, no encumbrances, as flat and fertile, black, friable and exposed as any piece of land on the face of the earth."

And then comes the shock of recognition. In 1979, the three sisters' father, Laurence (Larry) Cook, decides to form a corporation out of his farm holdings and give each of his daughters a third of it. What do they think of the plan? "It's a good idea," says the oldest, who is called Ginny. "It's a great idea," says the second daughter, Rose. "I don't know," says the youngest, Caroline, who is a lawyer.

"You don't want it, my girl, you're out," says Larry to Caroline. "It's as simple as that." So the farm is divided into two instead of three, with Ginny and Rose to take turns looking after Larry. And a tragedy of ingratitude, madness and generational conflict begins. . . .
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A successful Iowa farmer decides to divide his farm between his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. This sets off a chain of events that brings dark truths to light and explodes long-suppressed emotions. An ambitious reimagining of Shakespeare's King Lear cast upon a typical American community in the late twentieth century, A Thousand Acres takes on themes of truth, justice, love, and pride, and reveals the beautiful yet treacherous topography of humanity.

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