Golden Age

Golden Age

Large Print - 2015
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It's 1987. The next generation of Langdons are facing economic, social, cultural, and political challenges unlike anything their ancestors have encountered. Michael and Richie, twin sons of World War II hero Frank, work in the high-stakes worlds of government and finance, in Washington and New York, but their fiercest enemies may be closer to home. Charlie, the charming recently found scion, struggles with whether he wishes to make a mark on the world; Guthrie, once poised to take over the Langdons' Iowa farm, is instead deployed to Iraq, leaving the farm in the hands of his younger sister, Felicity. However Felicity, as always, has her own ideas. Determined to help preserve the planet, she worries that her family farm's once rich, bountiful land is imperiled, and not only by the extremes of climate change.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015
Edition: Large Print edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781410482990
1410482995
Branch Call Number: SMILEY J
Characteristics: large print.,rda
763 pages (large print) ; 23 cm

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maipenrai
Jan 07, 2017

From the Pulitzer Prize-winner: the much-anticipated final volume, following "Some Luck" and "Early Warning, " of her best-selling American trilogy, which brings the beloved Langdon family into our present times and beyond.

This novel fills out Smiley's picture of the last 100 years in America with masterful strokes. Her additions add layers of meaning to what has already happened in both the US history and the family characters she has created. The trilogy is stunning in its ability to show changes in public and political life through the individual experiences of complex characters. Her ability to combine character development, plot and social commentary is unmatched by any author I've yet read.

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ownedbydoxies
Jan 10, 2016

I really loved the first book in the trilogy - gave it five stars, which I very seldom do - sort of enjoyed the second book in the trilogy, but felt the characters, because there were so many and limited space for each, were more sketches than characters and now. Now I'm on the third in the trilogy and I think the form has let it down. There are so many characters! It's just not nearly as interesting to read bits and pieces of so many people's lives, than it is to go a little deeper into fewer people and make them actually feel real and rounded. I've given up on this one, actually. There are so many books I want to read and there is never enough time, so back to the library it goes!

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lstaehling
Dec 21, 2015

Loved the first two books but number three is certainly not as good. The story is all over the place and the ending is very depressing. Interesting take on Vancouver and Canada! She is still one of my favourite authors!!

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EmilyEm
Dec 04, 2015

The last book in Smiley's Last 100 Years trilogy finds us in the third generation of the Langdon family. The question is, was this a 'Golden Age?' Frank’s twins and Jesse’s children take center stage in this book, which takes us into the current year and beyond. Richie as a Congressman is rich with satire; her predictions regarding climate seemed realistic, but hopefully too soon! And, was it a 'Golden Age?’ That’s what readers will ponder after they turn the last page and say goodbye to characters of whom they’ve grown quite fond.

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harrissusanc
Nov 30, 2015

Meanwhile, back at the farm...the family comes home to roost. This last of the Last Hundred Years Trilogy is the most unashamedly political. At once current and distant, memory gives the present a wonderful hue, and also a refresher to read the volume without the other two, if you like.The farm, after all, is not bet, or felled by climate change, but goes a very 21st century fate, family edition. The progeny of the elder Langdon son dominates. Never disappoints.

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