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 constant repair, and days that ran from four in the morning to nine at night, the MacDonalds had barely a moment to put their feet up and relax. And then came the children. Yet through every trial and pitfall - through chaos and catastrophe - this indomitable family somehow, mercifully, never lost its sense of humor.
A beloved literary treasure for more than half a century, Betty MacDonald's The Egg and I is a heartwarming and uproarious account of adventure and survival on the American frontier.
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a time period where everything was clearer
The Egg and I is a hilarious book that touches on the life of the author. We see her life as a small child leading into adulthood. The main focus of the book is her life as a wife while living on a chicken farm in the 1920-30’s. The book explores a life that most of us have never lived – no running water, raising chickens, no electricity, and other staples we take for granted now days.
This was the life of our grandparents and great-grandparents – the simple life which for us would NOT be so simple. The characters Ms. McDonald created are loveable and full of joy and life – Ma and Pa Kettle, Gertie and more that are downright hilarious. The bartering system, hoping to find the illegal still during a raging fire, the dances, and other moments of social interaction will leave you in stitches! The hard work of canning, sewing, raising livestock and surviving in a time when things were NOT just a keystroke or phone call away. Life was hard, life was real and Betty MacDonald does an excellent job of portraying that in her audiobook.
Her characters were well-developed and shared in the humor, wit, and sarcasm. She was respectful to everyone; no one was openly shamed or humiliated. One thing we all tend to forget about, things change over time. This book is about a time period where everything was clearer, simpler and more down-to-earth than they are now.
I remember when I would watch the Egg and I or the Ma and Pa Kettle movies on TV. My great-grandmother would say things like, “I remember when our well went dry or the barn caught on fire or your grandpa disappeared for two days cause he had to hide his still or how the chickens didn’t lay eggs for months.”
This is a great audiobook for hearing and learning about the “old” days – who people were and what they did. I think most would scratch their heads and think this was a nightmare – and for some, it would be but for those that lived back then – it was life. It was real. Life was treasured.
A classic treasure that accurately portrays the life between a farmer and a city gal; the hardships of living; the social interactions and working at home versus working out of an office.
Heather Henderson, the narrator, completely owned this book! She gave the characters and incidents life while connecting to the listeners and drawing them in. She projected the vivid emotions and feelings of each character.
There were no issues with the quality of the audio production of this book.
Audiobook was provided for review by the publisher.
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