And Tell of Time Solid but Stolid Saga of Texas

And Tell of Time is the tale of a Texan, Cavin Darcy, who marries his Georgia cousin at the end of the Civil War and takes her to live on his farm on the Brazos. It takes over 30 years for Lucina to regard Texas as home.

Most of those years, Cavin is occupied with the political issues growing out of the North’s Reconstruction of the South. Lucina is responsible for running the house and the farm, teaching the children she bore and the orphans Cavin took in.

The background of And Tell of Time is much like that of Gone with the Wind. The white landowners suffer from laws that favor the blacks so the Northerners can exploit all Southerners, black and white.

But Laura Krey is no Margaret Mitchell, and Cavin and Lucina are pallid compared to Rhett and Scarlett. Cavin and Lucina are probably closer to real people, but they are not memorable figures.

There are so very many minor characters that it’s hard to keep track of them all. That difficulty is compounded by Krey’s omniscient narrator who skips around, producing a constantly-changing point of view.

All told, the novel is solid, but stolid.

And Tell of Time
by Laura Krey
Houghton Mifflin, 1938
712 pages
# 3 bestseller of 1938
© 2007 Linda Gorton Aragoni
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Linda Aragoni

I read. I write. I think. I make big ideas simple. I help teachers teach expository writing to teens and adults. In my free time, I read and review old novels.

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