The author relates the joys and frustrations of life on a poultry farm in the mountains of Washington.The author relates the joys and frustrations of life on a poultry farm in the mountains of Washington.Hide synopsis
Description:New. When Betty MacDonald married a marine and moved to a small...New. When Betty MacDonald married a marine and moved to a small chicken farm on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, she was largely unprepared for the rigors of life in the wild. With no running water, no electricity, a house in need of constan.
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I am amazed at what passed for acceptable literature in the early 40s. I'm sure a city woman going to the "wilds" to start a chicken farm would have be shocking. It was an interesting read. Even more so when I learned that she was there for only four years before divorcing her husband, which wasn't the thing to do back then, and moving on.
Only a certain sort of person is going to like this--I suspect if you were born within a decade of the author's death (1958), and preferably in the 1950s, you'll think this is a howl. That's because you can understand how perfectly decent white Americans could have such open prejudices about race and class and remain perfectly decent. It's even apparent that Betty likes Mrs Kettle at some level, although I doubt she would have disagreed with the use of the term "white trash" to describe her. I read the book thinking this was "Life Among the Savages" meets "The Grapes of Wrath." It was a guilty pleasure and I'll bet the author would've dug Betty Friedan.
The book is very discriptive of the authors life before the books. It's written long ago and so I found some racism there. Some of that disappointed me as to her own personality. But all in all she writes it and you could actually be there.
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