A Land Rembered by Patrick D. Smith Essay

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The novel, A Land Remembered, is the epic saga of three generations of MacIveys. The novel begins with a flash back, from the last generation MacIvey, Sol. Sol was a real estate tycoon in Miami and the surrounding areas. He has chosen to give up his life in Miami to live his last hours in the cabin in Punta Rassa , Florida; the cabin his grandfather had built. Thus, the three generations of MacIveys in Florida ends. The first generation of MacIveys consisted of the father and husband, Tobias, the mother and wife, Emma, and their young son, Zech. The family had decided to escape the pressures of the Civil War in their native Georgia, and move to the scrub of Northern Florida. The MacIveys experience many troubles and learn many new…show more content…
The MacIveys begin to make drives often where many events take place, such as Tobias and Zech meeting the Indians in the Everglades, Zech meeting Glenda, his wife, and Tawanda, his Indian lover, and the beginning of Tobias’ citrus empire. The first generation MacIveys acquire land and prosper but eventually Emma dies, and Tobias soon follows. The second generation involves Zech, Glenda, and their son Sol, who concentrate on citrus and acquire valuable land in what is now Miami and Biscayne Bay. Glenda dies in a freak accident with a cow, and Zech dies crossing a flooded stream and drowning. Sol leaves Kissimmee to start a vegetable business in the everglades which prospers. Sol meets Bonnie, but never marries her because he saw his father and grandfather mourn over their wives, yet she lives with him. Bonnie dies in a hurricane and Sol retires to his mansion on Biscayne Bay where he lives his years in solitude, until he decides he needs to move back to the cabin in Punta Rassa. The character of Tobias, in my opinion, was the most influential character of the book. His personality was that of a strong-willed cracker trying to live and make it in the uncharted lands of Florida. A particular occurrence of Tobias being strong-willed was a scene where Tobias was driving cows over railroad tracks. A train came and ran over some of his cows. After a period of exchanging words, Tobias picked up his gun and blew a huge gash in the boiler of

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