House of Earth

House of Earth

A Novel

Book - 2013
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Newly discovered and available at last - legendary folk singer and American icon Woody Guthrie's only finished novel: a prophetic and powerful portrait of two hardscrabble farmers struggling to survive the elements and other powerful forces of destruction during the Dust Bowl. Introduced by Douglas Brinkley and Johnny Depp. Finished in 1947, it is the story of an ordinary couple's dreams of a better life and their search for love and meaning in a corrupt world.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2013.
ISBN: 9780062248398
Characteristics: xliv, 234 pages ;,24 cm.

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winston2006
Jun 23, 2014

Guthrie should have stayed with songwriting and left the field of literature to real writers like Hemingway and Lawrence, particularly when he tried to interject sex into his "novel." The book was packed with interesting colloquialisms of the era, but the sex in the barn was contrived and out of touch with the rest of the short story. Clearly, those in the movie industry back in the thirties knew what they were doing when they turned this one down.

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kakacurt
Jun 30, 2013

Interesting for the cultural knowledge of Woody Guthrie. But certainly not one of my favorite books. A fairly base book including a large part about the sexual exploits between the farmer and his wife that detracts from the whole.

I almost enjoyed the "forward" more than the book. More interesting.

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BPTADiscusses
Nov 29, 2013

But. Fight what? Fight who? Fight where? When? The wind, or the rain? Fight the moon and the stars? Rip off his clothes and fight the seasons and the clouds? Fight the wind and fight the dust because it came at the wrong time, never at the right time?...Fight the people that come out across the yard to collect all kinds of silly debts? Go fight the state capitol, the city hall, the public toilet? What?

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