A finalist for the National Book award, Ivan Doig, who has published 11 books, has been hailed as the "West's preeminent literary novelist" by the Denver Post.
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"The Whistling Season is a book to pass on to your favorite readers: a story of lives of active choice, lived actively." (Publishers Weekly)
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
Doig has a terrific ability to write about the small things in life and make them interesting. The flatness of the narrator threw me off the first hour. It's bland. Eventually, it becomes a very good listen -- but more because of where the story goes than how it's read.
The author did a brilliant job weaving this story. It was a real "page turner." I loved the characters - down to earth, honorable, yet endearing and humorous. The setting felt real and the events seemed authentic. Humor, sorrow, fear, anticipation... all of these feelings that were a part of my journey through this book.
Told from the perspective of the eldest son, this story demonstrates how even during the hardest times in life, the human spirit endures. This is an uplifting story with an appreciation for simpler times.
The most memorable moment was when Oliver and his sons stopped by the grave of his first wife, so he could see if he would have the courage to tell his sons he wanted to propose to Rose.
The scene that I enjoyed the most was the scene where Morrie had the school children hold down Eddie Turley (the school bully all the students feared) so he could try out some eye-glasses on him to see if his "disinterest" in learning was related to not being able to see the chalkboard.
The character I found most memorable was Morrie. He was so out of place in Montana country, with his well-educated speech and fancy clothes. Yet he managed to find a way to fit in without becoming sacrificing his uniqueness.
I purchased this audiobook because I so enjoyed reading this book that I wanted to listen to it. I was not disappointed. The narrator did an excellent job of portraying Morrie's personality through his voice. I have become an avid reader of Ivan Doig's novels. He does a remarkable job of using language to paint the experience of growing up in early 1900's Montana, complete with all its challenges. I highly recommend this selection to anyone who enjoys listening to a well-told story.
This book was slow paced and very low key. I just enjoyed listening to such a story set in Montana in the early 1900s. Such a good picture of life back then. A little bit like Lake Woebegon in the everyday happenings. I love Ivan's characterizations of individuals. There is nothing quite like people that you feel could live next door. So real to life.
This was a wonderful book to listen to because it gave a view of homestead life 100 years ago. The speaker sounded like he really lived there. I would recommend this book for many reasons. Don't miss it!
Ivan Doig is a master of descriptive writing, his words bring the prairie and its inhabitants to life. A truly charming story, refreshing in its depiction of a simpler time yet astoundingly beautiful language. I loved every minute and will listen to again, without doubt!
You know from the first several sentences that you're in good hands with Doig. He's got all the writing chops you could ask for, and at times seems like a contemporary Willa Cather.
The characters emerge impressively and thoughtfully, and the narrator grows in subtle and moving ways through his coming-of-age experiences.
That said -- and it is a lot to say -- it's a very slow story. Some of the blurbs I've seen suggest we're in for a big reveal, but that wasn't my experience. It was, instead, a quieter series of revelations, most of them effectively rooted in character rather than plot twist.
There's also a potentially intriguing frame device in which the narrator -- reflecting on the events of his adolescence -- contemplates applying the lessons of that time to a crisis in his later life. If I have a technical criticism of a writing performance I generally admire a lot, it's that the frame vanishes for long stretches and then returns as a bit of a surprise.
All in all, it's good stuff with a narrator who's folksy and easy to listen to.
Right now this book is just background noise, I am not invested in it. It is Quaint, and I keep waiting for something to happen... I think I'm going to quit for now and revisit it later. I do appreciate the writing and the tone.
I have in the past liked books that are just stories about a town, village or group of interesting people such as Guernsey potato peel pie society. But so far half way through this book its just stories about kids and their shenanigans or lack there-of. The Father, the house-keeper and the teacher are all decent characters but nothing has grabbed me yet to make me become invested in their lives.
I'm a mom, daughter, wife, friend, sister, athlete, and teacher... Oh, and I'm lucky enough to have been born and raised in Hawaii. My reading tastes reflect all of this.
Yes! It's a beautifully coming of age story that transported me to another space and time... Mr. Doig's use of language is exquisite without being cumbersome.
I was instantly reminded of Wallace Stegner's work. Crossing to Safety and Angle of Repose come to mind.
I particularly loved the classroom scenes because the transported me to another place and time.
“Childhood is the one story that stands by itself in every soul.”
I would listen to this book again, as I enjoyed the narrator greatly and the story was delightful.
The horse race!
If I could take any character from this book out to dinner, it would be the main character. He is a precocious and extremely candid child and I'd enjoy spending time with him.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, from start to finish. It reminded me of stories told by my immigrant Swedish relatives who settled and farmed in South Dakota in the early 1900's. What a delight!
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