Saturday, June 13, 2009

Review--"The Worst Hard Time"

"The Worst Hard Time" by Timothy Egan

This book won a National Book Award, it is non-fiction.

During the 1930's the world was experiencing the Great Depression, but middle America was also experiencing a greater evil, the land itself was peeling off its layers and creating a tempest never seen before.
This book is not just a book of facts and figures, or the whys of the Dust Bowl. The reader is introduced to people who lived through this experience. Some of the people went on to live into their 80's and 90's. The tenacity and grit of the people are a strong picture of middle America. Those that lived in rural areas, fought to till the land, grow crops, and harvest, in hopes of surviving another year with food and money to pay the bills. When the drought came and then the dust storms, many of the people left, yet many also stayed. These people that stayed were gutsy, or maybe a little crazy, or maybe both. Maybe one has to be a little crazy to be of the stock of people that never, never, never give up.
The book chisels out a story that is personal, the author follows the various families throughout the book, he uses their words, and their feelings.
I did not find anything that I disliked about this book, it is an excellent read!


Mary said...

This sounds like a good one to read to keep the current recession in perspective. And I love Egan! So I'm ordering it from the library. Thanks!

Lit and Life said...

I agree with Mary; this recession can't compare to the Great Depression because we don't also have a catastrophic natural disaster happening simultaneously. Looks like an interesting one to add to the tbr list.