“Patrick Smith’s Florida: The Owners of the Land” by Joan Mountford: Members
Wednesdays, Feb 15 – Mar 1, 10:00-11:50 am (3 Weeks) – Classroom D203
A Land Remembered is Patrick Smith’s masterpiece, a novel that tells the tale of three generations of the MacIvey family from their arrival in Florida in abject poverty to their powerful position as real estate tycoons. Smith’s gift in this saga is in his use of three major characters to trace the history of Florida’s change into the place we know today — and in his assessment both of the achievement of those who built the state and of the price they and the state paid for that achievement. People who take this class should read through Chapter 17 in the novel prior to the class.
Joan Mountford, a winter resident of Punta Gorda, holds degrees from Tufts University and Simmons College. She lives most of the year in New Hampshire, where she taught high school English for 35 years and presented workshops annually at state and regional conferences. In addition, she has for a number of years been an occasional columnist for the Concord Monitor, the newspaper in the state capital.