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Tragic Ground by Erskine Caldwell
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Tragic Ground (1944)

by Erskine Caldwell

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Written in 1944, the novel tells of Spence Douthit who moved to a Southern town to work in a factory during WWII.

After the war the factory closed and Spence is out of work. He thinks everything will be OK if he could just get back to Beasley County, where he was originally from.

He has two daughters: Libby is age twenty and Mavis is age thirteen. Libby has a job and a boyfriend who is about to be discharged from military hospital. Mavis is a wild person who likes boys and having a good time.

Spence gets an idea that since Libby has a boyfriend with money and since Mavis likes boys and having fun, maybe he could fix her up with a rich boyfriend. This would seem to solve the family's financial problems.

The writing is stark and the dialogue descriptive. The author does a good job describing the poverty and despair of Spence. However, he does mix it with a bit of humor that that makes the novel a better read.

I found the story interesting as a view of people in a certain area right after WWII. It also made me more appreciative of the things I have and sympathetic to the needs of others. ( )
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