Whose Names Are Unknown

A Novel

Babb, Sanora

Book - 2004
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Whose Names Are Unknown
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

Publisher: Norman : University of Oklahoma Press, c2004
ISBN: 9780806137124
Branch Call Number: FICTION BABB
Characteristics: xiii, 222 p. ; 23 cm


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Jan 09, 2015
  • CATLIN rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An account of the Dust Bowl years written in fictional form by a woman who actually experience it. Incredible story. Worth a read.

Sep 02, 2014
  • capshh rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very interesting book. Similar to The Grapes of Wrath but more oriented to the struggles of people before they left the dust bowl.

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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