God's Little Acre

God s Little Acre Caldwell s blockbuster bestseller In the Depression era Deep South destitute farmer Ty Ty Walden struggles to raise a family on his own Single father and poor Southern farmer Ty Ty Walden has a plan

  • Title: God's Little Acre
  • Author: Erskine Caldwell
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 295
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Caldwell s blockbuster bestseller In the Depression era Deep South, destitute farmer Ty Ty Walden struggles to raise a family on his own Single father and poor Southern farmer Ty Ty Walden has a plan to save his farm and his family He will tear his fields apart until he finds gold While Ty Ty obsesses over his fool s quest, his sons and daughters search in vain for tCaldwell s blockbuster bestseller In the Depression era Deep South, destitute farmer Ty Ty Walden struggles to raise a family on his ownSingle father and poor Southern farmer Ty Ty Walden has a plan to save his farm and his family He will tear his fields apart until he finds gold While Ty Ty obsesses over his fool s quest, his sons and daughters search in vain for their own dreams of instant happiness whether from money, violence, or sex God s Little Acre is a classic dark comedy, a satire that lampoons a broken South while holding a light to the toll that poverty takes on the hopes and dreams of the poor themselves This ebook features an illustrated biography of Erskine Caldwell including rare photos and never before seen documents courtesy of the Dartmouth College Library.

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    1. What William Faulkner implies, Erskine Caldwell records. -- Chicago TribuneCaldwell writes with a full-blooded gutsy vitality that makes him akin to the truly great. -- San Francisco ChronicleAt one time God's Little Acre (1932) was the most popular novel ever published, selling a reported fourteen million copies. But in the process, the book ignited a firestorm of controversy, leading to numerous efforts to suppress it.A year earlier, Caldwell's Tobacco Road was published. It became a runaway b [...]

    2. GOD'S LITTLE ACREERSKINE CALDWELLOpen Road Media$1.99 Kindle edition, available nowRating: 3.75* of fiveThe University of Georgia Says: Like Tobacco Road, this novel chronicles the final decline of a poor white family in rural Georgia. Exhorted by their patriarch Ty Ty, the Waldens ruin their land by digging it up in search of gold. Complex sexual entanglements and betrayals lead to a murder within the family that completes its dissolution. Juxtaposed against the Waldens' obsessive search is the [...]

    3. Yes, this is the cover of the edition I read, and it's both right and wrong: the house should not be a wooden shack; the woman was not wearing a mini-dress (or slip) or high heels; and the hair of the woman on the bed should be brown.In the comments section of the last book I finished, Zola's Nana, my friend Howard (and Erskine Caldwell expert) said its theme would segue nicely into this one. He was right of course, especially with its depiction of sexuality. He said it was the first time he'd l [...]

    4. It is quite possible that God’s Little Acre has now become my favorite book. It’s inspired me to read more of Erskine Caldwell’s novels. I can’t believe no one has recommended him to me before. He is a master at the art of character development. If you read it expecting your standard story structure of introduction, conflict and conclusion, you’ll be disappointed. Caldwell somehow manages to create a compelling story that centers on character development through conflict after conflict [...]

    5. I wanted to like God's Little Acre. I read that it had been banned in its day so I immediately wanted to read it. Unfortunately, it didn't get far with me.The main plot has the patriarch and his poor family digging for gold on a Georgian farm. Additionally, there's a decent storyline about unfair labor practices in a mill. On those two main plots, lean the most base, over-sexed adult characters you may ever read.In the last couple of chapters, the sexual antics cease and Caldwell has the protago [...]

    6. Another odd little gem from Erskine Caldwell. Just finished reading Tobacco Road, which I enjoyed and so was anxious to read this, and alas was not disappointed.Interestingly, I can't exactly pinpoint what I liked, which makes me like it that much more. The story and the characters aren't meant to be taken at face value and in that way, this reads more like a fable/fairy tale than it does anything else. As with Tobacco Road, the characters are caricatures and the story itself borders on the absu [...]

    7. God's Little Acre is a great exposition on man's relationship with God. We make promises to God--Dedicate our little acre to him--and then move it and change our promise when things don't work out the way we planned. However, this review is an excuse to tell of my meeting Erskine Caldwell. It was in Klamath Falls, Oregon, in the Waldorf Bar and Grill and pool hall. I was probably about 14 years old. Roger Owens and I used to save a couple of dollars and then hitchhike into Klamath Falls to shoot [...]

    8. Picked this up in a little independent bookstore while visiting Chapel Hill, NC, to have a little southern memento in the form of a little old (but well preserved) Signet pocket sized paperback. I think I payed $3 in cash. A strange little tale of the south (Augusta Georgia) where Ty Ty (the elder) digs hole after hole in vain trying to find gold. He harangues and bullies and tricks his adult children into his pitiful endeavor. This book has all the strangeness of O’Conner or McCuthers yet is [...]

    9. I have taken quite a while before writing a review on this as I was travelling. When I picked up this book, I actually didn't know what to expect. But the title is what caught my eye. God's little acre, is a peace of land belonging to Ty Ty, the father to Darling Jill, Buck and Shaw. He is a poor man who's looking for gold. He goes around digging his land in search of the mineral but doesn't find any. He has however preserved God's little acre, as a sacrifice to God. Most of his family members t [...]

    10. I'm a big fan of Southern Gothic, and this is pretty much as good as it gets. Hard to believe it was written in the early 30s. Very hard. Caldwell's style may be a bit off-putting to some--I've read reviews that slam him for the repetition of images and phrases, but if you just sit back and let the words flow over you, it's mesmerizing. Much like Things Fall Apart the story seems like nothing more than a simple fable while you are reading it. It's afterwards, when you can't get it out of your mi [...]

    11. My favourite part of this book is the very last sentence. I don't remember what the sentence was about, I was too busy celebrating that id come to the end of this soap opera of a novel to notice the content.Honestly, this is the worst book I've read in a long time. In fact I can't remember reading a book to the end that was as disgusting as this one. There was not one likeable character in the entire book. There was no plot or subplot that did not disgust me. Just a thoroughly wretched reading e [...]

    12. Two words: Very base. The characters are all simple, self-centered, and obsessed with having sex, mostly with the exceptionally attractive Griselda. Griselda, like all the women in God's Little Acre, is portrayed as a passive sex object for the men to fight over; which they do, regularly. As a portrait of what gender roles might have been like in the 1930's, and might still be like in some parts of the American South, this dynamic might have some merit, but, since we're only ever given a male's [...]

    13. “There was a mean trick played on us somewhere. God put us in the bodies of animals and tried to make us act like people. That was the beginning of trouble.”Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell left a big impression on me so it was only natural to seek out Caldwell's other books. God’s Little Acre was published just one year after Tobacco Road and while both focus on the rural poor in Georgia during the Great Depression, they are somewhat different in tone. This book was more serious and focus [...]

    14. the day that Pluto implores the Waldens to go into the swamp to catch an albino man to help them divine gold, he ponders his relationship with the beautiful Darling Jill: "she was that kind of girl, and he knew of no way to change her. but as long as she would sit still and let him hug her, he was completely satisfied; it was when she slapped him on the face and hit him the belly with her fists that he was wholly displeased." this may not give you a real taste of how INSANE this book is. an impo [...]

    15. Great Depression in the South so he knew how to write about this time well. This book took place during the depression south. It is a funny, sensual, raw and very powerful novel with a tragic theme and was banned when it first came out. It was especially reviled in the south.He observed firsthand the trials of rural life and the poverty of tenant farmers. They are themes he includes in his works. His novels look at race, religious hypocrisy and greed. This book had a little of all of that. He br [...]

    16. This sweet little tragicomedy had me grinning most of the way through. This is early Southern Lit from 1933 and pretty advanced for the period. Sex was referred to as "doing it"! I thought that was something more current but as I think of it the language has always been there. There was a reference to "doing the dozens" that has to be the earliest reference in literature. Quirky, humorous and implausible sometimes, but wonderful because it's such an early example of the genre I love. Caldwell li [...]

    17. I don't know who recommended this book or if I simply discovered it by accident and put it on my list, but I am glad I found it. I guess it can be characterized as an easy read, but that is what makes it so excellent. The simplicity of the writing belies its true complexity. I am of the opinion that the style directly affects your view of the story, it's plot lines and characters. You're quickly brought into a different reality and one that is exceedingly interesting. The narrative is brilliant [...]

    18. What an incredibly disheartening, sad, revolting story a skillfully written book. I picked this up because I wondered why this classic was never assigned in my American literature courses. I knew within three pages. It is the story of a very poor southern farm family. This is the first time that I read about farmers where I didn't have any compassion for them. They are all immoral, shallow and uncaring people, who by the way, never farm the land but irrationally dig for gold that they have no co [...]

    19. Much of this is shocking today, I can't imagine what it was eighty years ago!Fascinating book. What starts out as a farce devolves into terrible tragedy over just a couple of hundred pages. Caldwell's use of language changes to match that shift, which is interesting to see and it hints at something deeper going on in the story. There's not much to admire about anyone, or anything, in the story, as Caldwell clearly intended with the one faint glimmer of "God's Little Acre" itself.A New York court [...]

    20. I wish this book did not exist. I actively hated it, I hated the characters, I hated the author for dreaming up the characters, I hated the Era that would describe people and norms in this way. I hated the readers who would think something this idiotic is titilating. yet, I finished the book, because I could sense some sort of literary place it belonged to. I saw outside the moronic behavior more than just the obvious tragedy of poverty and lack of educcagion, but the meta experience of the set [...]

    21. Erskine Caldwell's God's Little Acre is a potboiler, pure and simple. It is the story of Ty Ty Walden and his family, whose dreams of finding gold on his property are dimmed because his lovely daughter-in-law Griselda is a subject of contention with all the menfolk who meet her, even though she is married to Ty Ty's son Buck.As a potboiler, it's pretty good. The girls are always having their clothes ripped off in the presence of lascivious men; and Ty Ty is surprised that he is having so much tr [...]

    22. After being enthralled with Tobacco Road, I was ready for more Erskine Caldwell. Equally if not even more disturbing, God’s Little Acre took human indifference and overt sexuality to a whole new level. And that’s a fact…Set primarily on an underutilized farm in Georgia and a cotton mill in Carolina, God’s Little Acre introduces the Walden family who have been digging for gold for over fifteen years to no avail. A married daughter living in Carolina with her striking husband, a strong pro [...]

    23. Ha un magnetismo tutto suo Caldwell. È secco, brutalmente essenziale nella trama, nella costruzione dei dialoghi, nel disegno dei personaggi, nella scelta degli aggettivi e delle metafore. Usa un narratore che non si meraviglia di nessuna turpitudine o sventatezza; l'empatia poi la deve ancora cercare nel vocabolario.Situazioni e comportamenti sono fuori da tutti i nostri schemi. O almeno, da quelli che siamo abituati a collegare con la dignità, con la gestione degli impulsi, con la razionalit [...]

    24. I wish I could give this book 4.5 stars. It's so close to being a 5, but not quite.The novel is about the Waldens, a Southern family digging holes in their farmland in hopes of striking gold. "God's Little Acre" is a piece of land set aside for God, but after Ty Ty Walden moves the acre to make more room for prospecting, everything goes all to hell. In a big, messy, dirty way.It seems like the point here is clear: get rid of God, bad stuff happens. However, I don't actually think the book is abo [...]

    25. At first I was a little disturbed by this book's strange sexual dynamic, but as I continued to read I found myself identifying with several of the characters and understanding their choices and desires. Caldwell's language is occasionally poetic and moving. His characters are vivid and believable, and some are unexpectedly wise. I thought the ending was a little abrupt, but overall I enjoyed God's Little Acre. I think I learned something about human behavior that makes me feel a little less judg [...]

    26. A quirky little book from the 1930's that initially got lots of attention (and sales) from some of its explicit (for the 1930's) content, it is the story of a Georgia farmer who keeps digging holes in his property in a futile effort to find gold. The cast of characters includes his sons and daughters, their spouses, and, for comic relief, a fat man running for sheriff. There is, in fact, plenty of comedy throughout the book, until it suddenly turns dead serious in its final pages. I think that i [...]

    27. One of the most naive novels i've ever read, I don't know how some critics consider Erskine Caldwell as an important american novelist when he writes in this silly amateur style and using this modest language.In the same time i can't ignore that the story itself is good and i read the whole 160 pages of it. The characters were attractive in some aspects. But both the good story and the attractive characters needed a good novelist.

    28. I first read this book back about 1950 and never forgot it. I just reread it and find it just as good as I remembered it from the first time. Depression era Georgia crackers at their best / worst. The movie made in 1958 was rather poor adaptation of the book and totally missed the whole idea behind the book. I'd give the movie two stars.

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