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The Four Winds: A Novel de Kristin Hannah
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The Four Winds: A Novel (2021 original; edició 2021)

de Kristin Hannah (Autor)

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Títol:The Four Winds: A Novel
Autors:Kristin Hannah (Autor)
Informació:St. Martin's Press (2021), 464 pages
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Truly a haunting novel, reminiscent of The Grapes of Wrath. As usual, beautifully written so that the characters, as well as the historical aspects and descriptions of the Dust Bowl and migrant conditions are very believable. My only thought was that when we think how the Mexican migrants were forced out and the American migrants took over the harvesting ---what did that mean about what we did and still do, today, to the Mexican workers? When have we treated them as more than slaves, underpaid and forced to live in poverty. ( )
  nyiper | May 12, 2021 |
The Four Winds tells the story of a family broken apart and healed by the Dust Bowl. A childhood illness left Elsa Wolcott sickly and weak, at least in her family’s eyes. She was destined to stay single, living with her parents, becoming their caretaker someday. However, that changed when she met and fell in love with Rafe Martinelli and became pregnant. A quick marriage gave her a new family since her old one wanted nothing to do with her. In time, she finds happiness with her children, her in-laws, and her somewhat distant husband. In that order.

The Dust Bowl winds blew apart her marriage and her future. Rafe left in the night. Her son could not survive the damage to his lungs from the wind. They were near-starvation on the farm. Finally, she moves with her children to California, the land of promise and plenty, leaving behind her beloved in-laws. There she meets exploitive farmers and becomes involved in the farmworker struggle for fairer working conditions and pay and finds herself as well as love.

I was a bit disappointed in The Four Winds perhaps because I thought Hannah does so well with creating both a sense of place and character in “The Great Alone.” That book may have set my expectations too high leading to disappointment. Perhaps I am also unfair because I think “The Grapes of Wrath” is one of the best books ever written and The Four Winds feels like it takes Tom Joad, Ma Joad, and Jim Casy and combines them in Elsa Wolcott.

I think many people will love it. I thought this book was great up until the end. Sometimes an ending can be perfect for some people and make other people mad. This made me mad. And again, Hannah added a chapter to wrap things up after the dust cleared. I don’t want to dissuade anyone from reading what will be a great book to many people, so I am making as clear as possible that what disappointed me was not her ability to write a compelling story but because it was too full of Grapes for me.

I received an e-galley of The Four Winds from the publisher through NetGalley.

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  Tonstant.Weader | May 11, 2021 |
What a powerful book about a terrible time in American History. One that I only knew a little about. I had no idea exactly what a dust storm was, or the deepest despair that the proud farmers felt. I had no idea how poorly the farmers who migrated to other parts of the country were treated. The depression and drought didn't effect much of the country as much as it did those in the mid west. They were shunned and work for mere pennies, still unable to support themselves and their families. Many people didn't survive, but those who did had a very strong will. Amazing book. ( )
1 vota cjyap1 | May 4, 2021 |
The author's depiction of life in the Dust Bowl and the discrimination against those who migrated to California in the hopes of work and a better life are impactful but the story is unrelentingly depressing. The writing style is not terrible but employs no nuance or creativity. The main character survives disaster after disaster after disaster but fails to recognize her own value and worth. ( )
  bookappeal | Apr 25, 2021 |
Thoroughly enjoyed the first half set in the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma. Elsa Wolcott was a sickly child and her family then declared her unattractive and unmarriageable. Else wanted a better life. She meets Rafe Martinelli and becomes pregnant and is disowned by her parents. Rafe's family are farmers in a small town and Elsa soon becomes a loved part of their family when the children, Loreda and Anthony are born. But the Dust Bowl strikes and every crop is lost. Conditions are horrific. Loreda especially is filled with frustration at the conditions and especially at her mother after Rafe decides he can take no more and leave.

The second part of the book is set in California after Elsa takes the children to seek a better life. I believe the novel loses much of its appeal at this point. The growers are bad, the workers are good, times are hard, but friendships are strong. The character of Jack, a union organizer seems at bit "out of Hollywood".

One line describing the relationship between Elsa and Loreda is memorable: When speaking of the love of a mother and daughter: "The love, it comes in the beginning of her life and at the end of yours." God is cruel in that way." Another is about fear - "fear is smart, until.. you are afraid of the wrong things." ( )
  maryreinert | Apr 24, 2021 |
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To damage the earth is to damage your children.
                                             --WENDELL BERRY,
                                            FARMER AND POET
I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished. . . .  The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.
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One thing was left, as clear and perfect as a drop of rain---the desperate need to stand together . . . They would rise and fall and, in their falling, rise again.
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