A Land Remembered, Volume 1 by Patrick D. SmithIn this best-selling novel, Patrick Smith tells the story of three generations of the MacIveys, a Florida family who battle the hardships of the frontier to rise from a dirt-poor Cracker life to the wealth and standing of real estate tycoons. The story opens in 1858, when Tobias MacIvey arrives in the Florida wilderness to start a new life with his wife and infant son, and ends two generations later in 1968 with Solomon MacIvey, who realizes that the land has been exploited far beyond human need.The sweeping story that emerges is a rich, rugged Florida history featuring a memorable cast of crusty, indomitable Crackers battling wild animals, rustlers, Confederate deserters, mosquitoes, starvation, hurricanes, and freezes to carve a kingdom out of the swamp. But their most formidable adversary turns out to be greed, including finally their own.Love and tenderness are here too: the hopes and passions of each new generation, friendships with the persecuted blacks and Indians, and respect for the land and its wildlife.Patrick Smiths novel is now available for young readers. A teachers manual is available for using A Land Remembered to teach language arts, social studies, and science coordinated with the Sunshine State Standards of the Florida Department of Education.
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Peg Cole is a self-published author who writes stories, book reviews, interviews and how-to articles. Florida, in modern times, is filled with luxury hotels, beach-front resorts, tourists, orange groves and a collection of residents that usually come from other places. Few realize the raw nature of its existence before the railroad brought commerce to the area. Rampant with alligators, snakes, marshy swamps, and mosquitoes, this land in its original state was home to the Seminole Indians. With razor sharp saw-grass to be traversed, devastating hurricanes and treacherous flooding coupled with sudden crop-killing freezes, settlers had a full-time job trying to stay alive.
Tobias MacIvey was thirty years old and had been in the Florida scrub for five years. He had come south out of Georgia in In his horse-drawn wagon there was a sack of corn and a sack of sweet potatoes, a few packets of seeds, a shotgun and a few shells, a frying pan, several pewter dishes, forks, and a cast-iron pot. There were also the tools he would need to clear the land and build a house: two chopping axes, a broadaxe foot, crosscut saw, auger bit, a fro and drawing knife. So begins the story of Tobias, his wife Emma and son Zechariah in the Florida wilderness in the mid 19th century. The book is A Land Remembered , the story of three generations of a pioneer family in Florida and a story portraying the tenacity of American pioneers: how they survived and prospered in an often hostile environment.
Patrick Smith glares at the wall in front of him and sucks air through a tube. Old age has claimed him. One day he was a kid running through the swamp. Now he is 84 and lying in a living room bed gasping for breath. Waiting for the story to end, as all of them must do. He knows about telling stories. For many Floridians, in fact, he is the best of all time.
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Is there any chance that it will be? There has been strong interest in making A Land Remembered into a movie since it was first published. - A Land Remembered is a best-selling novel written by author Patrick D. Smith , and published in by Pineapple Press.
Patrick's story covers the years from to He came down from Georgia, as did so many early Florida settlers. The story is about a rugged Florida history with indomitable Crackers battling wild animals, rustlers, mosquitoes, starvation, hurricanes, and freezes. They start out as subsistence farmers, trying to raise enough to eat on their own land. Then they learn how to round up the wild cattle, descendants of the early ones brought over by Spaniards. They endure the hardships of driving their cattle across the state to Punta Rassa near Fort Myers.
I admit, most die-hard Floridians have read this book. It was printed in It just wouldn't be right. If you have any inclination for Authentic Florida, this is the book for you. It's like sitting and chatting with your best friend for hours and hours. You've heard of comfort food? Well this is comfort reading at its best.
Malcolm Jones is book editor of The St. Petersburg Times in St. Petersburg, Fla. Before pages have passed, the MacIveys endure the pangs of hunger, a plague of mosquitoes, a ravaging band of Confederate Army deserters and a nocturnal visit from a bear that eats all the meat from their smokehouse. Rattlesnakes, wild boars and alligators are their neighbors in this desolate country; so far from civilization, there is just one law, and that is Murphy's. Despite adversity, the MacIveys manage to build a considerable kingdom out of ranching and orange groves over the next half century.