Top 10 Books by Erskine Caldwell

 

Eric Caldwell was an American writer, novelist and a short story writer. The primary theme of his books was always about poverty. The books such as God’s Little Acre and Tobacco Road earned him the popularity he deserved. Caldwell has written twenty novels, two autobiographies, two books for younger readers and twelve nonfiction collections. However, only some of the very best make it to the top 10 books by Erskine Caldwell list.

 

Tobacco Road

This story is about a southern family, who are living in the South. The family lies on their old ancestral plantation even though there is no such profit. They have seventeen children; two of them still lives with the family. An unmarried daughter with a cleft lip and a son who is mentally handicapped

Read it For:
The book takes us through the poverty-stricken family and how poverty has changed their thoughts and minds.
Don't Read it For:
The book may be a bit offensive, but the story is worth putting your time into it.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is a clear depiction of racial and moral ambiguity which existed at that time. Plus the book is hailed as a critique of the failed economic structure which makes this best of the Erskine Caldwell books.

God’s Little Acre: A Novel

Another masterpiece from the novelist, this book is about the final decline of the family and its end in poverty. A family, similar to the Tobacco Road is living on a plantation. Their land is ruined by a family, which was trying to find some gold not to mention the strange sexual entanglements. With betrayals, there is murder and the end of the family is here.

Read it For:
The book tells you how poverty changes everything
Don't Read it For:
The depth of the book may seem a bit disturbing to many readers.
What makes this book stand out?:
One of the Erskine Caldwell best sellers, it has been adapted into a motion picture as well.

Place Called Estherville: A Novel

A mixed-race pair of siblings moves to the quiet town of Estherville, where they are looking for a fresh start. They do not know anyone there, and nobody knows them, which is why they think it will be great. They are young and attractive, and soon find what they look for. But the town was not a pleasant one; the two are subject to racism and an unprecedented brutality.

Read it For:
The book talks about the missing civil rights in the era before the Civil War
Don't Read it For:
The book is true to how things had been, which makes the story even sadder.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is a true and clear depiction of how things used to be in South before the Civil War.

You Have Seen Their Faces

This book is a humble book from the writer and a photographer who decided to travel the back roads from South Carolina to Arkansas. This book is the clear depiction of how the poor people lived and how they went about their lives.

Read it For:
The book lets the poor speak for themselves.
Don't Read it For:
The book may be depressing for some.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is a clear message to how things stood during the times when people had no money.
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Trouble in July

One of the Erskine Caldwell best books, this book is about the horrors of an individual and the mindlessness of a mob. When the word spreads that a white woman was assaulted by a black man, the black is bound to die. Before the woman could state that no crime occurred, it was too late.

Read it For:
The book is written from different perspectives which give various angles to the story.
Don't Read it For:
The book is a tragic story of how quick a person can suffer due to the mindlessness of others without actually committing the crime.
What makes this book stand out?:
The time of non-existence of proper laws is shown clearly in this book. A bit morbid agreed, but the book shows us exactly what the people were capable of.

Georgia Boy: Stories

Meet William, probably the best literary young character ever written. This book takes you from his perspective as he marks the highs and lows of his family, especially pointing about the laziness and scheming quality of his father and his poor mother. He had the best relationship with the farmhand, who was a black man. The fun-filled book about the boy and him clashing wits with whoever he could find.

Read it For:
An excellent book on the tragedy of a life people lived in during the twentieth century.
Don't Read it For:
The book is depressing for those who aren’t aware of the horrors of how the people used to live before
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is a clear depiction of what kind of life existed in the twentieth century in the south.

The Complete Stories of Erskine Caldwell

This is the compiled collection of all the stories the writer has written, the best ones.

Read it For:
You can find all your favorite stories of the writer here.
Don't Read it For:
The book may contain only short stories, which may be a letdown for novel lovers.
What makes this book stand out?:
The book is a collection of the best short stories.

Greta

A story about a woman, who desperately wanted to love her husband, but through her own faults took many men.

Read it For:
The heartbreaking story of a woman, who without realizing the gravity of her mistakes have been making a mistake after mistake. What is the price of such mistakes?
Don't Read it For:
The book could depress anyone with the morbid story of the life of people who do not understand their selves and mistakes.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is a story about a person’s mistakes and the repercussions. But who is to be blamed?

Journeyman: A Novel

A magnetic new preacher comes to the quiet town of Georgia. However, no-one there has the guts to oppose him when the man indulges in women, drinking, gambling, and cheating.

Read it For:
The book is the clear picture of the way things stood when the South was being taken over by the religious fever
Don't Read it For:
The book may be offensive to some firm believers.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book is a great read.

In Search of Bisco: A Memoir

The story of Caldwell’s journey on trying to find a black friend of his, Bisco. During his search, he interviewed many people white and black.

Read it For:
The author finds various thoughts and remarks, which are tragic if not surprising to him.
Don't Read it For:
Another book which describes the condition of South, which was not very pleasant.
What makes this book stand out?:
This book shows you the life and the mentality of people of that time.

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