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The Whistling Season

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  • The Whistling Season (Harvest Books) – Trade paperback (2007)
    by Ivan Doig

    The Whistling Season

    Trade paperback, Harvest Books
    2007
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    345 pages

    ISBN: 0156031647
    ISBN-13: 9780156031646

    Novelist Ivan Doig revisits the American west in the early twentieth century, bringing to life the eccentric individuals and idiosyncratic institutions that made it thrive. "Can't cook but doesn't bite." So begins the newspaper ad offering the services of an "A-1 housekeeper, sound morals, exceptional disposition" that draws the attention of widower Oliver Milliron in the fall of 1909. That unforgettable season deposits the ever-whistling Rose Llewellyn and her font-of-knowledge brother, Morris Morgan, in Marias Coulee ... Show more

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wayne28
by wayne28 on Sep 15, 2010

I had never heard of Ivan Doig before I read this book and shame on me for not finding him sooner. The story takes place in 1909 Montana. The story is told through the eyes of a seventh grade boy. But, this is not a young adult novel by any stretch of the imagination. I am old enough to have attended a one-room schoolhouse in the early 50's when I lived in Oklahoma. This book brought back a lot of fond memories from that experience. Doig is masterful at telling the reader about life in Montana at the turn of the 20th century. I loved learing about the family and how different life was then. It was also nice to read a book with a father who is a positive role model for his three boys. You know early on there's more to the plot than is obvious, but it is delightful to watch the story unfold. I am looking forward to reading the sequel "Work Songs".

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Francesca

The master at work

by Francesca on Feb 25, 2008

The whistle in question belongs to Rose, the pretty housekeeper who"can't cook but doesn't bite" and who steps off the train with Morrie, her unexpected brother. In Ivan Doig's novel, the narrator is a man who remembers his teen-aged self and the people and events of a dry-land farming community in the early 20th century. Paul has become superintendent of a school district in Montana whose one-room schools he is being forced to shut down. But he himself has come through one of those schools paired with Carnelia, his only and abrasive grade partner. Paul remembers his brothers, his widowed father, Rose and the wonderful Morrie who has been roped into teaching in that little school with a charismatic brilliance symbolized and framed by the arrival and departure of Halley's Comet. As usual, Doig himself is wonderful in the evocation of a time and place and people who grow out of a vivid culture into one's heart. With skill and compassion, he portrays evil as well as innocence, redemption as well as moral disaster .

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kenchemist

Another in a long line

by kenchemist on Apr 25, 2007

I first heard part of this book read on the radio and that small segment hooked me on Mr. Doig. I have now read practically everything that he has written. That in itself says what needs be said about this book. It was a delightful journey into a different time and place for me, and will be for other readers as well.

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