Tobacco Road

Tobacco Road

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Univ of Georgia Press
Set during the Depression in the depleted farmlands surrounding Augusta, Georgia, Tobacco Road was first published in 1932. It is the story of the Lesters, a family of white sharecroppers so destitute that most of their creditors have given up on them. Debased by poverty to an elemental state of ignorance and selfishness, the Lesters are preoccupied by their hunger, sexual longings, and fear that they will someday descend to a lower rung on the social ladder than the black families who live near them.

Set during the Depression in the depleted farmlands surrounding Augusta, Georgia,Tobacco Road was first published in 1932. It is the story of the Lesters, a family of white sharecroppers so destitute that most of their creditors have given up on them.

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Jeeter Lester, a poor Georgia sharecropper, and his family struggle to get by, but when his son Dude is seduced and married by Jeeter's widowed sister, it starts a tragic chain of events.

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Reprint of the 1932 Scribners edition cited in BCL3. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, 1995
ISBN: 9780820316611
082031661X
9780820316604
0820316601
Branch Call Number: FICTION CALDWELL
FICTION CALDWELL
Characteristics: 184 p

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joezind
Jul 02, 2016

Southern writers are entitled to creating works of fiction without being judged as racist or insensitive. In "Tobacco Road" Caldwell spins a classic fable out of a sackful of turnips.
This book walks you down a country road for a few hours like a good friend. Enjoy it.

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Ranger4402
May 11, 2016

This book is pure Socialist trash. Take a bunch of dumb people from the South, watch them make one dumb decision after another and the solution to such foolishness is some kind of "outside intervention." We all know what that means.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 24, 2013

Georgia author Erskine Caldwell's reputation has not really survived and he's rarely mentioned in the same breathe as fellow Southern writers like Faulkner, O'Connor, McCulers, etc. Although I don't think it's meant to be comic, this novel about poor whites in rural Georgia plays as comedy. Also, I don't know if Caldwell was racist or just his characters were. Turned into a film a few years later. For a more serious look at a similar subject, see "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men."

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