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this is a powerful (and tragic) novel, and Jane Smiley writes at her best when focussing on farm families in the US. I enjoyed the unexpected twists and turns in the plotPublished 2 months ago by SueH
I, too, found the book to be something akin to a Harlequin romance. I also resent the fact that one reviewer mocked another as a "silly young girl" because he/she didn't... Read morePublished on July 16 2004
A Thousand Acres is full of surprises. Jane Smiley shows us how a family, like any other crop, can be corrupted by sins committed on the land. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Larry Hand
Don't like the book? That's fine. Everyone has the right to their own opinion, but before you go and start a raving review like the silly seventeen year-old girl who disliked the... Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by Prem Lee Barbosa
This is a book about which reasonable people obviously are going to disagree, but I found it so dull as to be a simply excrutiating read. Read morePublished on May 31 2004 by JerryinChicago
I read this about 12 years ago and loved it. Smiley has a way with words. She describes anything well, whether it's her characters' thoughts, farm work or a dream. Read morePublished on May 3 2004 by Luis M. Luque
Despite my friends highly rating this book, I just couldn't get into it. I found it unconvincing with weak premises and I failed to establish a strong bond with the characters. Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by J. Jacobs
Smiley weaves a story that slowly draws you in and once hooked, it's hard to put down. The drama is subtle, in the beginning we learn about the characters and their somewhat simple... Read morePublished on March 14 2004 by Ann M. Douglas
book full of rich descriptions making you feel as if you are there. I couldn't put this book down. I do however feel that I didn't understand the dad fully and wanted to know why... Read morePublished on Feb. 25 2004 by Tonya Speelman