Forever Island and Allapattah: A Patrick Smith Reader

Forever Island and Allapattah: A Patrick Smith Reader


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Forever Island is widely recognized as the classic novel of the Everglades.

Allapattah is the story of a young Seminole in despair in the white man's world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780910923422
Publisher: Pineapple Press, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/1987
Series: Patrick Smith Reader Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 5.86(w) x 8.82(h) x 1.39(d)

About 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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Forever Island and Allapattah: A Patrick Smith Reader 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Patrick D. Smith is consistent in his books. He shows feeling and compassion for those of us who are less fortunate financially, but have stroger virtues. I love all of his books and recommend them to all.
Hagelstein on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anyone who has lived in Florida for more than an hour realizes that it has steadily and inexorably been developed and overdeveloped since Henry Flagler came down for the winter in 1876. Patrick D. Smith writes about how development has encroached on the Everglades from the viewpoint of the Seminole Indians that live there. Forever Island and Allapattah were two of Smith¿s novels published separately in 1973 and 1979. Pineapple Press in Sarasota published them together in one volume in 1987, which is still in print. The white man and developers are the enemy in both stories. In Forever Island, Charlie Jumper is an aging Seminole who lives in the old way ¿ in a camp of chickee huts in the Big Cypress Swamp with no electricity. He teaches his grandson the old Indian skills ¿ hunting and fishing and respecting the land. Developers begin to push into the Everglades and build homes, and Charlie¿s way of life is about to end abruptly.In Allapattah, Toby Tiger is a young Indian who is convinced that ¿the white men destroy all that they touch.¿ His parents died in a fire that swept through their hammock after white hunters tried to flush deer by burning their cover. Toby is angrier and clashes with white men more than Charlie. They are both fighting an uphill battle by trying to live in the way of their fathers in opposition to modern forces.While both stories have a powerful message, they stand alone as well-written novels with compelling characters, and deserve to be read by as many Florida residents as possible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agreed with Marie54 in that it would have been great if Forever Island could have gone on for a bit. However, it was to the point where there was nothing left for Charlie Jumper except more sorrow and heartbreak. I rate this one at five stars - plus. A native Floridian.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago