The Yearling

The Yearling Young Jody adopts an orphaned fawn he calls Flag and makes it a part of his family and his best friend But life in the Florida backwoods is harsh and so as his family fights off wolves bears and e

  • Title: The Yearling
  • Author: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  • ISBN: 9780689846236
  • Page: 278
  • Format: Paperback
  • Young Jody adopts an orphaned fawn he calls Flag and makes it a part of his family and his best friend But life in the Florida backwoods is harsh, and so, as his family fights off wolves, bears, and even alligators, and faces failure in their tenuous subsistence farming, Jody must finally part with his dear animal friend There has been a film and even a musical based onYoung Jody adopts an orphaned fawn he calls Flag and makes it a part of his family and his best friend But life in the Florida backwoods is harsh, and so, as his family fights off wolves, bears, and even alligators, and faces failure in their tenuous subsistence farming, Jody must finally part with his dear animal friend There has been a film and even a musical based on this story.

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    1. I have read this book twice before, once as a child, and again as a young adult. It was presented as the MOD choice on the group "On the Southern Literary Trail" by Tom, so I took the opportunity to start the New Year with a Pulitzer Prize winning novel that I already knew would be a wonderful read. I had forgotten just how great it really was.The setting is Florida in the 1870's, before concrete and condos and retirees and tourists. Before Disney World and Universal and Gatorland. This was a Fl [...]

    2. I absolutely hated this book. I'm not even sure that "hate" describes how I feel. This is based purely on how I felt reading it and not the writing quality, though that was really rather poor as well.I suppose that most people were supposed to have this reaction:and then natter on about how amazing this book is. How the "coming of age" story is so poignant and beautiful. How they wept and then fainted from the overwhelming feelings that they had for Jody. And, of course, how they recommended thi [...]

    3. I started this classic novel with only a vague idea of what it was about. I knew the book was supposed to be sad and I knew “the yearling” was a deer. But that was it. As it turns out, I was partly wrong about both things. Yes, the novel is sad, extremely so, but its overriding feature is an almost ecstatic love of animals, especially wild ones. And yes, the yearling is a deer but more importantly, it’s also the story’s protagonist; a 12-year old boy caught right in that moment between a [...]

    4. Sometimes you read a book and it is just words on a page, sometimes it becomes a story. And sometimes, when you're very lucky the book becomes so real you feel transported right into the pages. That was my experience here.I loved Jody and Penny's relationship, how overwhelming Penny's love is for his son, how much he wants for Jody to learn and grow. And how he watches Jody enjoying life.The Forresters were entertaining and heartbreaking at the same time. There is much to learn from the characte [...]

    5. Every night for three weeks, my nine-year-old and I would snuggle together under a blanket, tea cups balanced on our laps. I would read aloud in what my spouse says was a pretty good Southern accent and she would read along silently over my shoulder. After we'd finished the book and blown our noses and she'd talked a bit, I realized that she and I got different messages from the story. She loved it for the outdoors and the animals---both the cute baby animals raised by Fodder-Wing and Jody and t [...]

    6. The Yearling is a fine coming-of-age novel that I have somehow managed to avoid reading until know. Fortunately, thanks to the fine folks at the On the Southern Literary Trail group, I finally had the opportunity to read and discuss it with others who appreciate it. Uninformed readers such as I will automatically assume that the yearling in question is the fawn prominently displayed on the cover but that is not really correct. It soon becomes apparent that the fawn is but a minor character in t [...]

    7. A Civil War-era coming of age novel that's a spiritual cousin to Where the Red Fern Grows, but with a broader story and a deeper dive into life's challenges. Reading this book reminds you how deeply people understood the consequences of choice, as sloth translated brutally into starvation. Indeed, the need to work for one's supper every day, planning for both the moment and the future, contrasts starkly with our present-day welfare state that, for some, rewards indolence.One other thing that jum [...]

    8. The Yearling is Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings’ Pulitzer prize winning novel about the coming of age of Jody Baxter, the son of a backwood farming family that is trying to eke a living from a bit of high land in the Florida scrub shortly after the Civil War. The story is about a boy’s love for a fawn, a man’s love for his son, and the difficult lessons life throws in the path of a boy who lives in a world where he must become a man in order to survive.There are many wonderful characters apart fr [...]

    9. In past reviews, people have speculated that if The Yearling were to have been published in today's times, would it still have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. For me, I would have to say that that would be a resounding yes. I say so because the novel captures, with vivid simplicity, a bygone American era via the stark usage of the literaty resources available to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at the time, quite simply, the values, environment and language which surrounded her. Being th [...]

    10. A classic I had never been assigned to read or really had recommended, this 1938 novel was suggested to me by a librarian and I read it chapter by chapter over a number of weeks.Taking place on "Baxter's Island" in post-Civil War Florida, this follows the bond formed between a boy, Jody Baxter, and a fawn he rescues from the wild and attempts to domesticate. I found it surprisingly touching, with some beautiful passages depicting the ineffable link we may feel between ourselves and nature, espec [...]

    11. What language. It was dense and thick and like poetry. The story, The Yearling, is of a young boy named Jody and his life in the hardscrabble backwoods of northern Florida in the late 1800's. Jody and his parents live a solitary life and one where frivolous things don't belong. Yet all Jody wants is something that belongs just to him; a pet. When his father is struck by a rattlesnake in the deep woods, a doe is shot and killed for her healing organs, leaving behind a tiny fawn. This fawn now bec [...]

    12. Looking at the book cover, I thought I was going to read about a child and his pet deer. Well, there is a child and there is a deer but their relationship is only secondary to that of the boy and his father. I think that this is foremost a story about a father and his son and the valuable life lessons that he gives his child through one memorable year. Taking care of a deer is just one of those life lessons. The boy Jody lives with his parents in the Florida brush in a time when children were ex [...]

    13. By today's standards, this slow-paced and ponderous work seems ill-fitting to Y/A, and yet too ordinary or naive for adult readerships. But to me in fifth grade, perhaps because of my thirst for another time and place from my poverty and fear, and of course my love of animals, this was the perfect fit, if a bit haunting. I'll never forget Jodie's bittersweet affection for Flag. Knowing to keep his family alive from starvation meant to kill his beloved pet, he chooses what a man would do, though [...]

    14. I had never read this classic, despite the fact that it is set just south of here, I have seen the original manuscript at UF archives, and been to Rawlings house where whe wrote it. It was slow, but there is some nice vivid imagery of rural Florida. The story is centered around a boy, maybe ten years old, and his expireinces growing up as an early settler in Florida. I was shocked by Rawlings descriptions of some of the female characters, but understood after finishing the book whay she wrote th [...]

    15. I read this book because I was required to, and any joy I may have gotten out of it was destroyed before I even started.

    16. The Yearling is not a book for those who get bored easily. The book is slow-moving, taking its time to vividly describe the Florida wild. Although the description is indeed colorful and paints the picture well, there's a fine line to walk between enough description, and too much. Sadly, The Yearling doesn't quite walk this line. The book is the tale of young Jody Baxter, a twelve year old boy living in the wild of Florida. When his father shoots a doe, Jody convinces him to let him take the you [...]

    17. I saw the movie as a child and cooked from my grandmother's copy of Cross Creek Cookery (which is a very entertaining read all by itself). I even saw the film Cross Creek (1983) and loved it. But I had never read this novel which is beautiful and wonderful and charming in turn. Jody is growing up on a lush and beautiful land and his entire life is likely to be hard. His father had a cruel and harsh childhood and as a result wants his own son to have a better one. His mother has lost six babies a [...]

    18. Sebelum The Yearling, Rawlings kerap kali mendapat penolakan dari editornya, Max Perkins. Namun Perkins mengarahkan Rawlings untuk menulis sesuatu yang dia pahami dari lingkungannya. Sejak itulah Rawlings mulai menulis The Yearling yang sebelumnya pernah diajukan dengan nama The Flutter Mill dan Juniper Island. Meskipun penulisan novel ini sempat terhenti, namun pada tahun 1938, novel ini berhasil dipublikasikan dan terpilih menjadi Book-of-the-Month Club pada bulan April 1938. Novel yang pernah [...]

    19. I really enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. Perhaps that's because I was expecting it to be more of a young adult fiction book, as it is often cast. But it really wasn't.I generally find books trying to capture accents and regional speech dialects in the written word to be rather forced and distracting. But this was not the case here. One of the book's triumphs as I see it is the natural and easy way the interior backwoods Florida dialect came across. It was never strained or pr [...]

    20. Rawlings sets us up for loss from the end of the first chapter: "A mark was on [Jody] from the day's delight, so that all his life, when April was a thin green and the flavor of rain was on his tongue, an old wound would throb and a nostalgia would fill him for something he could not quite remember." And as shet sets us up, she inspires the same feeling of vague loss that each of us carries. There is an old wound that is the shared experience of all mankind, a wound that binds us all together ev [...]

    21. This book was very moving. It started out very good and continued throughout the book but, I really despised the ending. I was expecting it since there was never going to be a happy ending for them but still I was sad. The diction was strong and interesting. My favorite part was the detailed descriptions given by the author. All the settings were very involved in the action and Rawlings really made the contrasts of emotion in different scenes and different characters come to life. The relationsh [...]

    22. I've had a ratty old edition in my basement for decades. Finally I said, well, now's the time, and sat down to read it. I've always loved the MGM version with Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman. Rawlings' book is flintier, tougher, somehow even more moving. I had to shake the images of the actors out of my head and go with her conjurings of Penny, Ora, and Jody Baxter. I'm glad I did. Rawlings was a pet of Maxwell Perkins and their published correspondence makes a great companion piece to this. This bo [...]

    23. Sometimes, I just need to read a slow book that focuses on the beauty and variety of nature. Maybe I appreciate that more as an adult than I would have as a child, or maybe I felt more attuned to the nature described because I now live in the South. This book has beauty and loneliness and love and the drama of living poor; but what I loved most was the tension between the humans and wildness of nature - the way they collided and made peace. I could feel Rawlings' love for her native land in ever [...]

    24. I read this when I was a little girl, & I believe my Dad read it before me when he was a boy, since this book, in one of it's OLD hardback editions, lived in the cupboard of an old red topped desk in my grandparents' home.This was wonderfully written, an absolute delight :) It remains one of my favorites.

    25. Rawlings explores life themes in a compelling way. Falling out with friends or neighbors, a son following in his father’s footsteps, a boy growing to take on the responsibility of a man, facing the loneliness and difficulty of life.The contrast between Jody’s father and mother instructs. She is hard-bitten and complaining, though helpful to her natural allies (family). He is generous, patient and gives to those who do not deserve it. Jody learns that it can pay off to be kind in the face of [...]

    26. Puoi trovare questa recensione anche sul mio blog ---> La siepe di moreMi sono ritrovata questo libro in casa perché mia mamma l'ha salvato da morte certa: la precedente proprietaria voleva bruciarlo insieme ad altri suoi compagni di sventura perché non sapeva cosa farsene. Esatto: i killer di libri esistono e sono in mezzo a noi. Non avete idea di quanto sia fiera di essere figlia di una donna che salva i libri.Per quanto riguarda questa edizione, si tratta di un libro per la scuola, quind [...]

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