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Bad land : an American romance

Author: Jonathan Raban
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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Jonathan Raban ambles and picks his way across the Montana prairie, called "The Great American Desert" until Congress offered 320-acre tracts of barren land to immigrants with stardust in their eyes. Raban's prose makes love to the waves of land, red dirt roads, and skeletons of homesteads that couldn't survive the Dirty Thirties. As poignant as any romance novel, there's heartbreak in the failed dreams of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Raban, Jonathan.
Bad land.
New York : Pantheon Books, 1996
(OCoLC)605092044
Online version:
Raban, Jonathan.
Bad land.
New York : Pantheon Books, 1996
(OCoLC)608033939
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Raban
ISBN: 0679442545 9780679442547
OCLC Number: 34472165
Description: 324 pages : maps ; 23 cm
Contents: The Open Door --
Fictions --
Pictures --
Fences --
Plain Sailing --
Heavy Weather --
Clinging to the Wreckage --
Off the Map --
Woods and Water --
Home.
Responsibility: Jonathan Raban.
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Jonathan Raban ambles and picks his way across the Montana prairie, called "The Great American Desert" until Congress offered 320-acre tracts of barren land to immigrants with stardust in their eyes. Raban's prose makes love to the waves of land, red dirt roads, and skeletons of homesteads that couldn't survive the Dirty Thirties. As poignant as any romance novel, there's heartbreak in the failed dreams of the homesteaders, a pang of destiny in the arbitrary way railroad towns were thrown into existence, and inspiration in the heroism of people who've fashioned lives for themselves by cobbling together homes from the ruined houses of those who couldn't make it. Through it all, Raban's voice examines and honors the vast open expanses of land and pays homage to the histories of families who eked out an existence.

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