Monday, February 7, 2011

The Personal History of Rachel Dupree

by Ann Weisgarber

The American Dream? I guess for some, but the Badlands wouldn't be for me!

This was an interesting tale of early 1900's expansion. The unusual basis for the marriage and detailed descriptions of struggles to farm and ranch in a grueling environment provided some intrigue. Reading about that drought made me thirsty :) The book portrayed a very uncommon perspective on racial tensions as well, not only for Black Americans, but a sort of hierarchy: White, Black, "Agency" Indians.

For me, the ending was disappointing and a downer. So much was made of the 14-year struggle to survive in these harsh surroundings for such an ending..... don't want to give spoilers (anyway, the ending may not bother you).

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