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A dark, compelling and haunting retelling of the Lear story,
By A Customer
This review is from: A Thousand Acres (Paperback)
A modern setting for the story of Lea in the mid-West of America, with a twist in the plot which is gradually revealed. As the power of the father and of the family declines, eldest daughter Ginny tells her tragic story. Jane Smiley creates with enormous skill the suffocating atmosphere of a family in which relationships are riven with dark secrets and unfulfilled dreams. The mundane everyday details of farm life lend even more weight to the tragedy of the protagonists, where what is not said becomes gradually more sinister than what is. A wonderful, brooding tragedy which gives more ambiguity to the characters of Lear.