A thousand acres is a 1991 novel by american author jane smileyit won the 1992 pulitzer prize for fiction, the national book critics circle award for fiction in 1991 and was adapted to a 1997 film of the same name. A very vivid and well-written book showcasing a rural farming community in iowa i did not really want to give it four stars as i could have faced this better as history or sociology than as fiction.
Jane smiley has also worn some awards as a result of her writing and the book a thousand acres, (1991 that later on in the year 1997 was filmed) won the pulitzer prize and it is so far known as the bestselling novel for jane smiley. V irtually all you need to know about the novelist jane smiley is encrypted on to the dedication page of her new book, some luck, which thanks four men for decades of patience, laughter.
Jane smiley was born in los angeles in 1949 but the family soon moved to st louis her father left when she was still a baby and smiley was brought up by her mother. This is a book club review of a thousand acres by jane smiley our book club had seven women present who read the book in entirety, ages 31 to 42 this was our 52nd read and our fifth pulitzer.
I was at university when i first read a thousand acres i was studying english and ensconced in king lear but this book brought it to life for me in a new and vital way jane smiley had reworked. A thousand acres (book) : smiley, jane : a successful iowa farmer decides to divide his farm between his three daughters when the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. Get all the key plot points of jane smiley's a thousand acres on one page from the creators of sparknotes book 1, chapter 1 larry cook is a prominent. Complete summary of jane smiley's a thousand acres enotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of a thousand acres. This one-page guide includes a plot summary and brief analysis of a thousand acres by jane smiley published in 1991 and winner of the national book critics circle award in 1991 and the pulitzer prize in 1992, jane smiley's a thousand acres is a modernized retelling of the shakespeare classic tragedy king lear.
An ambitious reimagining of shakespeare's king lear cast upon a typical american community in the late twentieth century, a thousand acres takes on themes of truth, justice, love, and pride, and reveals the beautiful yet treacherous topography of humanity. Welcome to the litcharts study guide on jane smiley's a thousand acres created by the original team behind sparknotes, litcharts are the world's best literature guides a thousand acres is mostly set in the late 1970s, when jimmy carter was the president of the united states carter was seen by. This thesis, written by diana lombardic, and entitled jane smiley's a thousand acres: a feminist revision of king lear, having been approved in respect to style and intellectual content, is referred to you for judgment.
Jane smiley, whose 12th adult novel, some luck, comes out on tuesday, is the sort of writer who secretly drives other writers a little bit crazy. Written in 1991, jane smiley's pulitzer-winning a thousand acres pretends to be about the death of the american farm but, if i've ever read a book richer in subtext, i cannot recall it she tells the story via the lives of three daughters of a third generation farming family in iowa in the 1970's. A thousand acres by jane smiley is a pulitzer prize winner and a recipient of the 1992 national book critics circle award the novel is a contemporary retelling of shakespeare's play king lear set on an iowa farm during the 1980s.