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Product Details

  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: ISIS Publishing; New ed of Large Print edition (September 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753165767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753165768
  • Shipping Weight: 503 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leigh Munro on March 21 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a marvellous book. It is the story of a small Alpine village over the course of 70 years told through the lives of the women who lived there. Each chapter is the story of an individual woman at a point in time, but the stories weave in and out so that you never lose track of what happened to them. I found the book deeply satisfying to read - at times it was funny, it was always touching and often very sad. I felt I was involved in the lives of these women (and their men-folk), there was great suspense and it was extremely well-written.
I wonder what other readers made of the final chapter - it seemed to me that everything had come full circle. I would love to read this novel as part of a book club discussion.
If you enjoy "literary fiction" this book is for you - you will not be disappointed. It entertains and it stimulates - what more can any reader ask for?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Vincent on June 11 2003
Format: Paperback
I forget who recommended this book to me, but I would like to thank her in absentia. Homestead is spectacular. The setting is an isolated Austrian village, and the inter-related stories span several generations of the villagers, exploring their known and secret links and relationships to each other. The history told in Homestead spans the time from early 1900s to almost 1980, and some of the most gut-wrenching and poignant tales concern the nearness of the Nazi threat during WWII. Once met through the pages of this book, the characters and their motives and secrets will stay with you for a long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sterling Griffith on July 4 2002
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up off a best sellers table when I was in London this past March. I was looking for some good books to read on the long flight home but I had not gotten to this one until now.
I am very interested in family history and have researched my own family line back many generations. I believe that this book truly expresses why family history interests me so much. The tying together and weaving of the lives of the female clan members of this book show just how important heritage and family are. It tells of secrets that all families have hidden amongst their branches, of illegitimate children, of relationships between mothers and their children, of the relationships of mother-in laws with their children's spouses, of love, hate, loss, and triumph.
Even though this story takes place in a fictional place with fictional characters, its message is based on the lives of many that grew up in Austria during a time where farming, dairying, and war were common place. Even though my own life may not be anything like what it must have been like for the strong women figures of "Homestead", it is a life that is based on the choices, dreams, and goals of my ancestors and without them, I would not be where or who I am today.
Another interesting read that is similar to this book is "Oral History" by Lee Smith set in the Appalachian Mountains.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carol Peterson Hennekens on July 16 2001
Format: Paperback
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I would have enjoyed it a great deal more if the family trees had been placed in the front of the book rather than in the appendix (since I was a good girl and didn't skip ahead to the end). Considering there is a whole story devoted to a postcard mailed to "Anna" where the intended receipient could have be half of the village, keeping track of the names is tricky. The family trees are really helpful - if you know they are there.
Otherwise, the format of the book makes for good reading. The book is a series of episodes in the lives of the women in three families. They aren't quite short stories since characters and plot lines reappear every so often. At the same time, the stories are distinct enough that I was able to put the book down between chapters.
Bottom-line: A pleasant read with the chance to armchair travel into life in a small Austrian village. Our book group liked the book a great deal although it didn't stimulate an extensive discussion.
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Format: Paperback
In "Homestead", Rosina Lippi writes a series of short stories dealing with women in the Austrian village of Rosenau. It is fascinating to watch the characters evolve over time, some from tiny children into grown women.
Subtle, daily, details are fascinating, so, too, is the almost casual way the major events of the 20th century are incorporated into this book. I especially enjoyed the chapter about making cheese. The only quibble I had was trying to keep straight who everyone was - clan (and romantic) relationships were definitely tangled! Overall, however, a very enjoyable book.
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By A Customer on Sept. 3 2000
Format: Paperback
I have been enjoying the high marks other reviewers have given to Homestead. The enjoyed the book so much that I'd like to comment also.
I purchased the book after reading through a Houghton Mifflin catalog. The story sounded fascinating. I was a bit concerned when I received the book and saw the family tree and assumed it would be too "historical" for me. That was not the case at all!
Like others who reviewed Homestead, I did not want the book to end. I purposefully read the book very slowly. After reading each chapter, I went back to previous times of the characters' lives. I also took time to just reflect on the characters' development.
I strongly recommend this book to anyone!
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