This book is a treasure. I never read it as a young person and to be honest it would have been wasted on me. I am glad I saved it for my adulthood.
This book is beautifully and sensitively written with a slowness that never bores (not me, anyhow) and that gently flows both with the pace of the lives of the Baxters who are the protagonists and with the seasons that fold and unfold over the course of the book. Every description, every thought, every human and natural observation is deeply felt by the author and so, in turn, by the reader. Every page is a testament to the author’s reverence for and attention to the rhythms and cycles of nature, to her love and respect for the hard-scrabble people whose lives are inextricably intertwined with the natural world around them.
(I intended to give this book five stars but it came up as four and a half.
It is a five star book.)
I love The Yearling. I don't love the ending. I understand it, but I don't like it. The fawn was the closest thing Jody had to a best friend. The animal was his companion, his confidante. And in order to grow up, the yearling had to go. It's like destroying what you love best so that you can continue with your life. But the heart remembers. The heart, when it has loved truly, never forgets. The grown up Jody will have Flag always with him in a place that no one can get to. They will always be together. Eugenia Renskoff
what I loved about this book is the unsentimental but affectionate depiction of nature and of a vanished way of life close to nature and far removed from today's predominantly middle-class attitudes.
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