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Whose Names Are Unknown

A Novel
Babb, Sanora (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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The poor but proud Dunne family and their friends struggle to survive on the dust-plagued prairies of the Oklahoma Panhandle, but discover bitter disappointment in the orchards and vineyards of the so-called promised land of California
Authors: Babb, Sanora
Title: Whose names are unknown
a novel
Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2004
Characteristics: xiii, 222 p. ; 23 cm
Summary: The poor but proud Dunne family and their friends struggle to survive on the dust-plagued prairies of the Oklahoma Panhandle, but discover bitter disappointment in the orchards and vineyards of the so-called promised land of California
ISBN: 9780806137124
0806137126
9780806135793
0806135794
Branch Call Number: FICTION BABB
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Jun 18, 2014
  • rayne221 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I should not have read the preface!
I was fascinated by this book as it was written at the same time Grapes of Wrath hit the shelves. Publishers held it due to the success of Grapes of Wrath, believing the market could not support two similar stories. This is not to be compared to Grapes of Wrath, which is a classic, a masterpiece.

This is a more factual account of the hardships endured during the severe dust storms during the great depression in the US. It is a look at the struggle of farmers as they move west searching for a better climate, more money and less challenges. It is their struggle to assist in creating unions to bring fairness to the farmers and their families. Accept the book for what it is, a story along with some authentic diary accounts -- and not for what it's not; a sibling if you like to Grapes of Wrath. The two can not be compared.

May 30, 2013
  • emily8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

highly recommended - writer's ability to engage us in lives of her characters is a thing of beauty - not to be missed...

Feb 02, 2013
  • Mary43 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An incredible and fascinating look into life during the depression dust bowl era. Both in Iowa And in California trying to find work after the crops fail. I felt I was living with the families and struggling right along with them.

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