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: 9780910923125
Publisher: Pineapple Press, Inc.
Publication date: 09/01/1988
Series: A Land Remembered Series
Pages: 404
Sales rank: 62,685
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 9 - 14 Years

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 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've read this book three times and each time I find something new. I've had the privilege of working and living in the area the author writes about. One truly intriguing aspect about the areas Smith refers to is they (for the most part)are still unchanged and undeveloped. Although the characters are fictitious, each trial and tribulation they encountered are based on well-documented Florida history. Anyone interested in visiting the areas written about should visit the Kissimmee River State Park north of Okeechobee and Fish Eating Creek on the west side of Okeechobee. (Note: The homestead the characters settled are most likely refered to as somewhere in the Kissimmee River State Park.) It's one thing to read a great book and imagine what the areas written about look like, it's completly different to be able to actually see the location for yourself! My wife is from Ft. Drum and her great Grand Father actually drove one of the last heards of cattle to Punta Rassa and then down to Cuba at the turn of the 20th century. Her father still works cows north of Okeechobee and the first time I saw him 'turn' a cow with a whip, I though I was looking at Tobias.
Jan4JuicePlus More than 1 year ago
I lived in Florida for 37 years and am very familiar with all the areas referred to in the book. I read this book several years ago, and have shared it with many. I'm now reading it in the Student Edition, before giving it to my grandchildren to enjoy. I could read this book over and over again and never tire of it. I'd like to have it available in Audio and Kindle. I can hardly put it down as before when I read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was chosen by someone in our book club and I thought it was going to be educational, a difficult read. The cover looked real boring and it is over four hundred pages. Boy, I was pleasantly surprised.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books I have read. Great characters as well as learning the history of Florida. I would recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To be able to see through the eyes of everybody in this story. the building, the teachings, love, romance, death... you see it all, this book gives you a perfect 'mind-movie'
Guest More than 1 year ago
When we moved to Florida a year ago, this book was recommended and I just got around to reading it. Written in the James Michener style, without the long winded history, it gives a very good picture of some of the people that helped make the state what it is today, and at the same time paints a picture of the wildlife and landscape. A very well written book
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in the late 80's early 90's while overseas on active duty in the U.s. Navy. My father gave it to me before I left. It brought so much comfort to me. I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale Fl., This book brought me home.
TheGrumpyBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
I cannot say enough good things about this book. Prior to reading this compelling novel, A Land Remembered, by Patrick D. Smith, I believed I understood the resistance of native Floridians to the droves of newcomers. I was wrong. There is so much more than overcrowding, and a clash of Southern vs. Northern cultures and accents.   It also reminded me that, 150 years ago, people died from things we don't even think about today. Things like being gored by a bull in your own backyard, or drowning when your horse stumbles when crossing a river causing you to drown because your foot got caught in a stirrup, and bushwhackers stealing your food and livestock, then burning your home and barn. What's a bushwhacker? Those are groups of deserters from the War Between the States who became homeless gangs of criminals.   A Land Remembered spans three generations of the McIvey family, beginning in 1858 as Tobias and Emma McIvey, and their young son, Zech, who, after abandoning their Georgia farm in order to escape the war, are desperately trying to survive on their small homestead in what is now the Ocala National Forest. The sweeping saga continues to Zech's son, Sol McIvey, who became a Miami area real-estate tycoon.    Smith takes his readers on a guided tour of old Florida, before the days of tourist attractions, and theme parks, to the beginning of the cattle industry that, still today, makes Florida the largest cattle-producing state in the U.S. The story opens with Sol's impending death in 1968, as he looks back over his and his family's lives after Tobias brought the family from Georgia. Near death, Sol regrets his part in developing so much of south Florida -- development that still causes ecological problems, particularly with water, that will continue to be burdensome to future generations.   What Makes This Book Reviewer Grumpy? Not a thing!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing book! I fell in love with every one of the characters. I could not put it down! I will definitely look for other books by this author.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend who is a resident of Florida took me to a bookstore purposely to buy this book for my winter reading during our annual stay on Sanibel Island and in southwestern Florida. Whow! Baited, hooked, and reeled in from page one. Outstanding writing that captures you from the first pages and amazing descriptions that make you feel like you really know these people and are a part of their struggles. You are one with the characters. I have passed this book on to many friends and family who are avid readers, and it continues to get rave reviews. FAQ: What else has Patrick Smith written that we can read? Five star historical writing and kudos to Patrick D. Smith.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although I've lived in Florida my whole life, I never really knew much about how life was back before this state was settled. Patrick Smith details this way of life in a way that makes the book hard to put down. If you are a history buff, this book is for you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I knew very little about the beginning of the state of Florida. I couldn't put the book down, I wanted to know more. The hardships the people endured was so real. I cried during the heartbreaking moments in their lives. Patrick Smith is a wonderful story teller. I commend him on the way he made it all so real. I certainly hope to read the other books he has written.
MartyjaneFL More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
This outstanding Florida history novel made me want to pack my bags,sell my car,buy a horse,go camping for an eternity,and live the life of those who came to Florida before me did in the days of the Florida cracker. Patrick Smith does an excellent job of painting the story in your mind so that you loose yourself in every page.