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The Yearling av Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
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The Yearling (urspr publ 1938; utgåvan 1985)

av Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Författare)

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A young boy living in the Florida backwoods is forced to decide the fate of a fawn he has lovingly raised as a pet.
Medlem:PeterGilio
Titel:The Yearling
Författare:Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Författare)
Info:Charles Scribner's Sons (1985), 400 pages
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    The Sundowners av Jon Cleary (BonnieJune54)
    BonnieJune54: Both novels have boys coming of age in a vividly described rural setting of another era. In both cases Mom, Dad and son are somewhat isolated from others. While life is harsh, joy , love and laughter are present.
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"You figgered I went back on you. Now there's a thing ever' man has got to know. Mebbe you now it a'ready. Twan't only me... Boy, life goes back on you."

I was mesmerized. I never wanted it to end.

You become immersed in the world of the Baxter family - Penny (Pa), Ory (Ma), and 12-year-old Jody. They live post-Civil War in the Jacksonville area of Florida on a small clearing where they subsist growing corn, sweet potatoes, cow-peas, and cane sugar; augmented by a dairy cow and plenty of hunting. Their nearest neighbors are their frenemies the Forresters, a rough crowd of four or five grown men with their Ma and Pa. Jody has a special relationship with his Pa; not so much with Ma, who is hardened by having buried too many of her babies. Half the book goes by until the main plot commences - Jody finds Flag, an orphaned fawn he adopts, after having longed for years for some little creature he could care for and call his own. You know how it ends.

These people know their land so intimately, they know their game, their predators, their weather, in a way like I imagine most people today have no idea.

It was absolutely beautiful. I love coming-of-age stories. I'm partial to those with girls, and this is a boy's book through and through, but it was still about that magical portal between child and grown-up.

"Ever' man wants life to be a fine thing, and a easy. 'Tis fine, boy, powerful fine, but 'tain't easy. Life knocks a man down and he gits up and it knocks him down again. I've been uneasy all my life." ( )
  Tytania | Jul 13, 2021 |
A coming of age story of an adolescent boy named Jody Baxter set in the late 19th century, shortly after the Civil War, in a part of the country that could be called the United States's last frontier - the wilds of Florida.

Set against the lush and wild backdrop of Central Florida, in what is now the Ocala National Forest, we see Jody and his family struggle to eek out a living in a harsh land. There are flash floods, grazing of their crops; not to mention danger from panthers, wolves, and bears who find Jody's family's farm easy pickings for feeding time. At times, the Floridian landscape, with its abundant scrub, marshes, and oak hammocks, and wildlife, seems as much as a main character as the Baxter family members themselves. However, we see this landscape through Jody's young eyes.

Being isolated on "Baxter Island", an island of trees in the scrub, Jody is lonely. He is an only child of elderly parents, and his only friend lives miles away, which consists of an all-day walk there and back. When not tending the animals or crops on the farm, Jody daydreams and wanders the landscape looking for something to spark his imagination.

To salve his loneliness, Jody sweet talks his father in allowing him to keep an orphaned fawn. Jody is forced to grow up and leave behind his wandering, daydreaming, child-like ways, as he now is responsible for someone other to himself.

An excellent read. Lush landscape, real characters, and a heart-stirring coming of age tale for the ages. Highly recommend, especially for those middle-grade readers. ( )
  Desiree_Reads | Jul 9, 2021 |
I read this book aloud to my 10 year daughter. It was a slow read, but we stuck with it and I'm glad.

The dialogue, written in uneducated dialect, was difficult to read. The descriptions were very full and often very long.

The book is supposedly written at a Grade 6 level, but it seems that the intent of the book if for an older audience, while the actual action is for a younger one.

My daughter cried at the end and didn't really seem to understand what had happened.

I, on the other hand, was tremendously moved by this book. As a mother of five, four of whom are teenagers, I could relate to the story from Penny's (the father's) point of view. In Jody, his growth over the year, his struggle with what it means to be responsible, his confusion with the adult workings of his world and his eventual realization of what it to means to be an adult, I felt like I could understand my own children better. I can look at them and see Jody's confusion, and anger and ultimate maturation.

I think every parent of teens should read this book and look for their own children in it.

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  ColourfulThreads | Feb 18, 2021 |
A coming of age story, but much more than that. A story set in Florida in the 1800's. Not a locale I have much knowledge about in any time period but maybe the last quarter of the 20th century. It was a very odd experience trying to imagine Florida as a wilderness, Florida when nature was still a major obstacle for man to overcome. But I also thought that was the most interesting aspect of the book: the conflict between nature and man, unintentionally counter to each other's purposes, no balance to be found. While Jody's father, Penny, believes it is reasonable to learn to live with nature, too often the family comes close to losing the battle. Can the two subsist, or must one lose for the other to survive?

This the first novel I have read by Marjorie Rawlings. She is a good storyteller. I enjoyed the variety of the characters she creates. The warmth you felt in Jody's relationship with his father and the detail with which she paints the experience of living in the Florida wilderness were remarkable. ( )
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A column of smoke rose thin and straight from the cabin chimney. The smoke was blue where it left the red of the clay. It trailed into the blue of the April sky and was no longer blue but gray. The boy Jody watched it, speculating. The fire on the kitchen hearth was dying down. His mother was hanging up pots and pans after the noon dinner. The day was Friday. She would sweep the floor with a broom of ti-ti and after that, if he were lucky, she would scrub it with the corn shucks scrub. If she scrubbed the floor she would not miss him until he had reached the Glen. He stood a minute, balancing the hoe on his shoulder.
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