Tobacco Road Book Summary and Study Guide

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Jeeter Lester is slowly dying of starvation in his decaying farmstead on the Tobacco Road in Georgia, USA. He is worn down by poverty and spends his days dreaming of planting crops even though he has no money to buy the seeds with. Tobacco Road details Jeeter's decline in this world as his family, alienated from normal human emotion, strive to survive crippling poverty in the depressed Deep South.
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The review of this Book prepared by meg stevens

This book is represented as the realists' literary explanation of deep poverty in the hard-scrabble, depression-era South. The characters are lost, confused and are what we would call "moral idiots." While I don't think it is an accurate picture, as a whole, of the era or people, it is a compelling look at some small segments of the time in the South.
The review of this Book prepared by Kelly Whiting

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1930's-1950's Poverty, surviving    -   Yes Kind of living:    -   farm poverty Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South Forest?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   very gullible, like Gomer Pyle    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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