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Requiem by Fire: A Novel by Wayne Caldwell
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Requiem by Fire: A Novel

by Wayne Caldwell

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    Serena by Ron Rash (cataylor)
    cataylor: Same time period and also concerns the formation of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
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    Cataloochee by Wayne Caldwell (cataylor)
    cataylor: Prequel to Requiem By Fire
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Here is Caldwell's sequel to Cataloochee, and it deals with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park from 1928-1935. During this time almost everyone sold their land to the federal government and left. It is, indeed, difficult to imagine the pain these families must have felt at having to remove themselves from where their families had lived for a hundred years or more. (Somewhat reminiscent of the American Indians, although not to the same degree.) The book does point out that the land was becoming worn out; most wild animals had left; and, the people were in danger of becoming inbred due to their limited numbers. This is not a particularly happy book although it does have some amusing moments. It is thought-provoking about a little-remembered episode in history. It's not quite the book Cataloochee was, but it's still a good read. ( )
  khiemstra631 | Apr 4, 2010 |
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A moving, timeless tale of survival and change. With humor and pathos, this magnificent novel transports readers to another time and place--and celebrates Southern storytelling at its finest.

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