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A Land Remembered

A Land Remembered

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781561641161
Publisher: Pineapple Press, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/1996
Series: A Land Remembered Series
Pages: 403
Sales rank: 18,679
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

A native of Mendenhall, Mississippi, Patrick D. 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 was nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize: in 1973 for Forever Island; in 1978 for Angel City, which was produced as a movie of the week for CBS TV; 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 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 69 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
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) =)
JessTheReader More than 1 year ago
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!
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Jennifer-Lamas More than 1 year ago
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.
bookwormMC More than 1 year ago
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.
wojo7s More than 1 year ago
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!
did i mention that I never want to read and this one had me from the start!
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 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 "A Land Remembered". I laughed, cried and was truly sorry when the story ended.
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
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The author tells a heart warming tale and gives us a bit of local history with how change effects people.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to read this for my 11th grade summer reading class, but I enjoyed it so much I couldn't put it down. I highly reccomend this book to anyone. It was very insightful into the early life of Floridians and the changes it's endured over the years!
adribabe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book! This is a romantic novel of old Florida and the survival story of settlers in a harsh yet beautiful landscape. Has love, adventure, and self reflection. The first generation of McIveys were much easier for me to relate to than the second generation. ** Spoiler Alert** The story however is written from a man's romantic ideal in that the protagonists' son ends up having essentially two wives. Leaving one to herself knowing he'll never leave his "white" wife who knows nothing of this arrangement. He ends up getting what he deserves when both essentially die before he does. ** Spoiler ends** Even though it is a "man's" romantic novel I thoroughly enjoyed reading something different. I recommend this book highly.
bugs5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book that chronicles the life of a family settling Florida in 1800's. Very realistic.
DowntownLibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful read, especially if you live in Florida! Fascinating portrait of the lives and hard times of the early cattlemen and the land they wandered. There were times I laughed and certainly times I cried.
francesuzanne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was fascinating. Lots of details of what it was like when the white men settled Florida from the 1860s to 1950. Three generations of a family work hard and make millions of dollars off cattle and oranges. Makes me want to go find Puenta Rassa.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately but predictably, the Eden that was Florida fell before greed-driven progress. But those that drove the progress were victims along with the land they loved.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Beautiful book. The characters are so memorable. One I will never forget.
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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.