A long book, and strong meat, but moving and deserves recognition. The story of ""the richest land, the poorest people"" -- sharecroppers of the south under the yoke of the landowner. Lacks the sharp sense of drama of Erskine Caldwell, lacks too his squalid humor, his tightness of style, but nonetheless a blunt and powerful book. The material is presented as virtually a series of episodes, rather than a gradual build-up to a dramatic climax; the characters reveal themselves through their infrequent but telling sentences. And, through an accumulation of sordid, tragic things, the story of the Moten family takes form. Not pleasant reading -- but a revealing and important book.