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Free Land In the s when adventure lay in the conquest of the prairies David Beaton and his bride came to Dakota to claim three hundred acres of grassland Rose Wilder Lane tells of their struggle to surviv

  • Title: Free Land
  • Author: Rose Wilder Lane
  • ISBN: 9780803279148
  • Page: 179
  • Format: Paperback
  • Free Land By Rose Wilder Lane, In the 1880s, when adventure lay in the conquest of the prairies, David Beaton and his bride came to Dakota to claim three hundred acres of grassland Rose Wilder Lane tells of their struggle to survive with such force that Free Land has become a classic frontier novel The young couple experience cyclones, droughts, and blizzards that isolate them for days in their sod shIn the 1880s, when adventure lay in the conquest of the prairies, David Beaton and his bride came to Dakota to claim three hundred acres of grassland Rose Wilder Lane tells of their struggle to survive with such force that Free Land has become a classic frontier novel The young couple experience cyclones, droughts, and blizzards that isolate them for days in their sod shanty and endanger their livestock The simple pleasures of home cooking, horse trading, and socializing interrupt work, here described in its wealth of variety In every detail, Free Land comes to life because Lane grew up in the time and place of which she writes The book embodies her belief that living is never easy, that all human history is a record of achievement in disaster, and that our great asset is the valor of the American spirit Like the Beatons of this novel, Rose Wilder Lane s parents homesteaded in Dakota Lane was a successful novelist and journalist when, in the 1930s, she encouraged and helped her mother, Laura Ingalls Wilder, to write the Little House on the Prairie books that were later dramatized for television.

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    1. Free land, my ass According to this novel no one ever worked harder or suffered disappointment than the original farmers who bought into the federal giveaway of Midwestern acreage provided by 1862 s Homestead Act David and Mary Beaton nearly starve in their efforts to bust sod and plant wheat and make a living, in the teeth of rampant land speculators that s who wound up with most of the Homestead Act land , winter long blizzards, summer long droughts, greedy store owners, outrageous freight co [...]

    2. Seriously good writing drags one right into the 1880s and the Dakota territory, along with 19 year old David and his brand new wife, Mary, as they determine to stake and keep a claim David s parents are successful and established, with a beautiful holding, plenty of money, and the hard years behind them David has this for contrast as he begins independent life with 900 in the bank and watches it trickle right away into debts necessary debts to make a go of it Terrible blizzards, droughts, incess [...]

    3. Excellent story of the life of a homesteader in the 1880s This was written by the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder Side note Rose is also considered by many to be the true author of the Little House books Laura wrote out her stories, then Rose edited and put them together into book forms You can see a definite difference between the LH books and The First Four Years, which did not have Rose s editorial input So much of this book is familiar the character David is obviously based on her father Al [...]

    4. Rose Lane is Laura Ingalls Wilder s daughter, and this book is both a fictionalized version of her parents homesteading story and a critique of the American government s land policies during the westward homesteading rush around 1900 If you are familiar with Laura Ingalls Wilder s books, you will find many echoes of them in this book I don t know for certain, but I am guessing every major event in the book really happened to someone either Laura and Almanzo, someone in their town, or Rose heard [...]

    5. Blizzards, droughts, fires, cyclones that s life for a homesteader Many of us grew up with a rosy hued view of pioneer life, courtesy of Laura Ingalls Wilder s Little House on the Prairie books But Free Land, by her daughter Rose Wilder Lane, depicts a harsher reality.In Free Land, written in 1938, Rose chronicles David Beaton and his new wife, Mary, as they struggle to make good on their Dakota homestead Rose is uniquely qualified to write this tale as her own parents, Almanzo and Laura Ingalls [...]

    6. I sought out this book after reading A Wilder Rose, a fictionalized account of Rose Wilder Lane s life and writing career Lane was the daughter of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the Little House series, and Wilder Rose focuses in large part on Lane s writing career, with emphasis on her relationship with her mother and her part in bringing the Little House series to life In passing, A Wilder Rose mentions several of Rose s novels, and the circumstances surrounding their writing Out of curiosity [...]

    7. If memory serves, RWL took the material for this book from her mother s first attempt at a memoir, Pioneer Girl, before the draft was reimagined as a multi volume series for children The Little House books As a result, there are a lot of familiar incidents and characters, along with some things evidently judged too grim for children, like the occasional posse and lopping off of gangrenous limbs The most interesting change I thought the author made was that even though there were two characters i [...]

    8. I picked up Free Land because rumor has it Lane based the events in the books on her mother Laura Ingalls Wilder s family stories And who doesn t love LIW stories But maybe Lane s writing wasn t for me She lacks her mother s elegant descriptions and glosses over episodes that could have used embellishment to get the full impact Likewise, there s not a whole lot about the feelings behind the characters That being said, I couldn t put the book down What new and terrible thing will happen next to [...]

    9. I don t know how anyone could read this, and still believe that Rose was the driving force behind her mother s books She may have been a good editor but she was a terrible writer This book is flat and lifeless and there s no power behind any of it Occasionally she awkwardly drops in some political propaganda mostly, the Government is your enemy I have no doubt that all the stories herein are probably true, but here it s just a mish mash And WTH is up with David and Nettie That seems like a compl [...]

    10. David Beaton and his wife Mary leave Minnesota in the early 1880s to homestead in South Dakota during the land rush The land was free, but the couple paid dearly for it when they encountered blizzards, tornadoes, and drought Rose Wilder Lane borrowed heavily from her parents experiences homesteading Any Laura Ingalls Wilder fan will recognize names and basic plot points from her stories While Wilder wrote from the optimistic viewpoint of a child, Lane wrote from the bleak viewpoint of an adult A [...]

    11. I am a fan of all the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder and I m a fan of the books about her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane Free Land, is the second book that I ve read by Rose The first book was Young Pioneers, which has the similar characters and a similar plot I rated Free Land, four stars.Honestly, Free Land is hard to follow Reading this book is like handing me a piece of steak and asking me to swallow it whole I may just feel this because I m only 15 years old but the way Rose wrote it was too har [...]

    12. The grown up version of Little House on the Prairie Really, there is very little consonance between the Little House LH series and this book, in spite of the reviews I read Yes, there is a reference to settlers being evicted from Indian territory, but it is just a passing reference from one of the supporting characters And there is the long winter series of events, but different circumstances and development of characters This book was written in 1938, and some scenes sound like the 1930s Holly [...]

    13. This was the first novel I ve ever read written by Rose Wilder Lane, Laura s daughter who was the one who got her to write her memoirs It echos the Little House books and I would wager to say that just about everything in it happened to either her parents, grandparents, or was something they heard I saw a lot of it in the Little House Sampler I read recently even the quote at the beginning My life s been mostly disappointments That was said by her father, Almanzo Wilder, during an interview she [...]

    14. Rose Wilder Lane takes you right into the realities of homestead life in the 1880s in Dakotas It isn t idealized or sugar coated but her characters have a strength of mind that almost buggers understanding They possess a whole lot of grit a new buzz word for the 21st century , determination and perseverance Though I tried hard not to compare her writing to her mother and find its own merits, I failed I missed Ingalls Wilders prose rhythmic and lyrical and her love for the land and its beauties a [...]

    15. I may change this rating to five stars later, I ll have to let it sit for while, maybe even read it again It was an excellent book, well written, the characters were reasonable and interesting, the descriptions, especially of the blizzards were superb.It s the adult version of the little house books that answers those questions you start to have when you get older It s darker, grittier and a review on the back cover used the word realism, I think that fits.Quotes said mildly and without bitterne [...]

    16. As I discovered in Pioneer Girl, Rose Wilder Lane helped her mother by editing her original adult novel, Pioneer Girl, and then helped her edit them to children s books Lane then used the stories to write her own adult novels Rose Wilder Lane was a very famous author in her day, but has been eclipsed in modern times by her mother Lane s pioneer books are worth a read, especially for lovers of pioneer tales Mary and David Beaton are newlyweds that travel to the Dakota Territory to homestead 300 a [...]

    17. Made a thrilling discovery If, like me, you re a Laura Ingalls Wilder fan, you might have wondered why Almanzo s family ever left their prosperous farm in Malone, NY, to go to MN This biographical novel by his daughter Rose picks up with them on the new farm in MN David s sisters are still named Eliza and Alice Hope Laura shows up later.I ll let you know how it goes, but I m surprised I didn t know about this book until stumbling on that Almanzo bike race in southern MNPt 2 I get what other revi [...]

    18. I m a huge fan of the Little House book series, and I am SO glad I read this book It is the realistic view of things as they truly were, behind the way they are portrayed in the Little House series It was fascinating to read the roots of what later turned into books in the series particularly The Hard Winter , and even intriguing to read the very honest descriptions of strains in relationships, something that is avoided in the children s series for obvious reasons My only complaint is that it d [...]

    19. This book is a tribute to Rose s growing libertarian philosophy in the 1930 s There are comments to hating the government and its control along with stories of her parents and grandparents attempts to homestead in South Dakota The material is based on true stories that also became the basis for Laura s stories Reading this also makes you realize why Rose was a popular writer in her time as she lays out gritty stories with colorful characters When read with The First Four Years as we did for book [...]

    20. You know how when you were really little you thought people in the old days didn t swear and drink, etc And eventually you find out differently I swear that I thought that way after reading the Little House on the Prairie series So it s ironic that Laura Ingalls daughter, Rose Wilder Lane writes this real life version of pioneer life It s written contemporaneously to Laura s work so you can t help but wonder if they compared notes Free Land is a fictional account of a pioneer family in the Dakot [...]

    21. I feel generous giving this book 3 stars I struggled through it I didn t care for the main character, David, and his wife, Mary, never seemed like a fully developed character to me I did like the family friend, Nettie, and her optimism She is the bright light in the book This book is a good reminder of the hardships of homesteading and the amazing resilience of the men and women who settled the West These type of books make you realize again the many comforts we enjoy daily and give no thought t [...]

    22. I m sure we are all aware that Rose used her mother s memoirs called Pioneer Girl that, eventually became the Little House series to write Free Land Although she was was an exceptional writer in her time, she is not as colorful a writer as her mother.The story is full of struggle and sadness, always scraping by just to survive Anyone who thinks they have it rough now should read what these pioneers experienced.

    23. Brilliant Rose was a terrific writer it is a shame her works have fallen in the shadow of the Little House books The story was well crafted, the characters absolutely believable, and while the ending was a tiny bit fantastical, I was so rooting for David and Mary I was delighted for them If you are a fan of the Little House stories, this is a grand grownup book to read, written well before Laura began penning Pioneer Girl.

    24. It was kinda strange to recognize a lot of familiar characters and situations from the Little House series, and I had to remember, this is a different story but drawing from the same historical figures , but this was a much grim story of the hardships that homesteaders faced It wasn t a very fast moving or gripping story, but something interesting always came up It s a wonder that any homesteader would stay hopeful in the midst of all the setbacks.

    25. I have loved Rose Wilder Lane s political writings, but this is my first fictional work of hers and I loved it This was comparable SOMEWHAT to the writings of Willa Cather I will admit that I still prefer her political writings though.Also, I had always rolled my eyes at the conspiracy that she wrote the Little House books, but this was so similar that it might warrant a second look

    26. I enjoyed this book The only reason I m giving it 4, is really a 4.5 because the language seems old fashioned and not in an intended way for the period More of an elderly school teacher preachy quality many times throughout Probably a 5 to those who don t mind that as much as I did I still recommend it as a good book.

    27. I really enjoyed this book I felt like it took me right back to it s time, and I laughed and cried with the characters I enjoy just about all I can find on this time period, and felt this story did a pretty good job showing how hard it was, yet how satisfying too Good reminder for us who live in easier times.

    28. The prose style is dated, but the historical veracity rings quite true Even the rare contact with Indians is surprisingly unracist Not usually the case from the 1930 s An unromanticized look at a hard life.In a link with current politics, she begins by pointing out how the US government gave land to the corporations that was purchased with taxpayer money.

    29. I just can t find Rose s writing as appealing as her mother s However, I do appreciate this view of the story as told through the adults eyes rather than a child s This book will make you feel the irony of the title Free Land I find it interesting as well in this day of the Tea Party to read Rose s thoughts since she was one of the founders of the Libertarian party.

    30. The book was way too confusing and boring to me I had to stop reading it I thought that it was about Almanzo since alot of the characters and their names were exactly like the ones in Laura Ingalls Wilder s book Farmer Boy it went into detail too much.

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