House of Earth

Editorial reviews

House of Earth

His genius was song, and House of Earth is a bit of an oddity, though certainly a readable one.

Pithy, primal and raw with emotion, House of Earth is written more as a poetic narrative than what one would consider a structured novel. If you are not familiar with Guthrie’s legendary music, lyrics, poetry, essays and memoirs, his portrayal of the American spirit of the humble man and his legacy is worth exploring.

This novel, more than a curiosity, is both welcome and timely.

At its best, the book is an eccentric hymn to the everythingness of everything, a sort of hillbilly Finnegans Wake. But very little happens in it, and there's not much social or political context either.