I received a free copy of House of Earth from TLC Book Tours for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for this post.
About the Book:
• Publisher: Harper Perennial (October 22, 2013)
About the Author:
Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie (1912-1967) was an American folk balladeer whose best-known song is “This Land Is Your Land.” His musical legacy includes more than three thousand songs, covering an exhaustive repertoire of historical, political, cultural, topical, spiritual, narrative, and children’s themes.
I must admit to not knowing much about Woody Guthrie beyond the folk songs he sang and of course, “This Land is Your Land.” I suspect though that the synopsis of this book would have intrigued me no matter the author. Sadly, I think the only reason this book was published is BECAUSE it was written by Woody Guthrie.
It is ostensibly a story about a man wanting a better life for his family. He thinks that building an adobe house is the answer because it will stand up the the ravages of the weather. It ends up being a four section, slow moving chronicle that mentions adobe houses at the most absurd times. The first chapter has a somewhat graphic and at the same time exceptionally boring sex scene and in the middle of it adobe houses are discussed. They are discussed in the middle of labor. They are discussed ad nasueum. I get it – he wants an adobe house. Enough already.
I just didn’t enjoy the book. I didn’t enjoy the characters, I didn’t enjoy what little plot there was and I’m pretty sure I don’t want an adobe house. It’s a shame because the foundation for a great book was somewhere in there, the clay to make the bricks just didn’t solidify into anything usable.
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Disclosure: I received a free copy of House of Earth from TLC Book Tours for my honest review. I received no monetary compensation for this post.