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Writing Techniques in A Thousand Acres

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Techniques

A Thousand Acres is written in the form of Ginny's plain-spoken memoir of the crisis in her life that led to the breakup of her family and marriage.

Much of the novel reflects Ginny's appreciation of the commonplaces of rural, small-town Midwestern life — descriptions of the spacious terrain, the seasonal fluctuations in the fields from spring plowing and planting through autumn harvests, the bounty of picnics and church suppers, the details of house, garden, and field work, and the awesome weather. However, like the aquifers that underlie the prairie, the human lives regularly but unexpectedly erupt to reveal emotional intensities — violence, passion, hatred — that startle onlookers and participants.

These intense moments of revelation of darker, grimmer, greedier personalities prevent the novel from becoming a romantic paean to bucolic farm life. In fact, the contrast in moods is what gives the novel its power and universality. These...

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