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Kindle Customer Sharon Tripp
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Reviewed in the United States on March 17, 2018
If you love knowledge for knowledge's sake, if you love words, if you love beautiful language and clever prose, if you love quirky characters and quirky humor and if you can say of yourself two or more of these things, then you will love this book. If not you probably won't like it. Oh yes, If you are a reader, like me, who spends as much time looking stuff up as you do reading the book because a little knowledge is never enough, then this is the book for you. I read Last Bus to Wisdom and Bartender's Tale and this is my favorite of the three. Ivan Doug's novels are among the very few written today that I would call literature.
5.0 out of 5 starsRead this book for it's wonderfully quirky plot and enjoyable characters
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2017
This book was Ivan Doig’s last book and I am grieving that there will not be any more books coming from this wonderful author. In ‘The Whistling Season ‘ Paul, a delightfully smart, funny, irreverent and realistic 13-year-old tells the story of his 13th year on a dry farm in Montana in 1910. Paul, his father and two brothers are grieving the loss of their mother when they answer an add for a housekeeper who ‘Can’t cook, but doesn’t bite’. Rose and her brother Morrie come to Montana with secrets. One thing I really loved about this book was the lack of sugar coating on life in a one roomed schoolhouse and the individuality of each character. Montana was a character all in itself and played a part in every day in a way that only people who live off the land understand. While this book is historically accurate, read it for it’s wonderful quirky plot and enjoyable characters.
4.0 out of 5 starsFascinating characters; intricate story line.
Reviewed in the United States on May 7, 2018
4 stars, but because I wouldn't recommend this unconditionally for just anyone. If the writing style and subject matter is within your realm of interest, this is a 5-star read. Ivan Doig has a "folksy" writing style that fits well with the milieu he's chosen. This was the first book I read by him, and I will definitely read others. Doig does tend to ramble - an integral component of his folksy style - but the narrative is typically worth the short meander.
Doig develops the characters well; some quickly, others gradually, omitting just enough information to allow the reader to speculate in order to fill in the gaps. In a mild cultural collision, the main characters are the basis of the story that becomes a compelling set of interactions, both among themselves and between themselves and the other members of their local social network. Fascinating characters; intricate story line. I strongly recommend this book.
Paul Milliron, state superintendent of schools, has been tasked with closing down all of Montana's outdated one-room school houses, in favor of consolidation. Having grownup in the small town of Marias Coulee, Paul knows firsthand the central significance of these small schools within the rural communities. As he struggles to come to terms with now being the one to decide the fate of so many, Paul remembers back to his own childhood and a watershed moment which happened to him when he was in 7th grade. It was the fall of 1909 and this life changing moment came in the unlikely form of a housekeeper who refused to cook. The Whistling Season works on many levels and is a good book to ease into for hours of escape. The characters are well developed and consistent. The plot is both intricate and easy to follow and the language itself is rich. This is a book that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys good literature and anyone who has a love of language and can appreciate the significance of a good education. A modern day classic which I could see being taught one day at the high school level or considering the stellar cast of characters and its blend of both serious and laugh out loud moments, The Whistling Season could even be adapted into a play. 5/5
5.0 out of 5 starsFar exceeds my expectations! I am KEEPING this one, no used bookstore for me!
Reviewed in the United States on February 16, 2016
I very rarely read realistic fiction which isn't specifically for young adults, but this was chosen for my book club. I only JUST realized that this won an Alex Award, which is an ALA award for books young adults enjoy, which isn't necessarily given to YA books.
And this so deserves the award! An old man, watching the launch of Sputnik and realizing what it means for the one-room schools of his district reflects back on a year in his life, and the importance of the schoolhouse in his formation. I'm used to books with adults reflecting back on childhood being too simplistic, idealizing the children, but this story really encapsulates the personalities of children, despite such a gap in time between the publish date and the setting. Each character has their own unique personality, backstory, and dreams for the future, even if the dreams are so waylaid that we never learn them. We know they're there, because the characters are REAL.
Given the plot of a woman moving West to help as a housekeeper, I was worried we were going to have a "Sarah, Plain and Tall" romance story, but the relationship of Rose Llewellyn and the father of the family, Rose Llewellyn, is far more interesting. It's back and forth battles and compromises and compassion. By the end of the book, I damn near did ship them!
But the focus is so much more on the place of Morris Morgan--Rose's brother--in the local schoolhouse. He's a constant whirlwind for both the students and the readers, and easily my favorite character.
Highly recommended! It can be hard to find an audiobook version at your library, but if you can manage, the reading is just fantastic, as well.
Un inspector de educación recuerda su infancia y su educación en una escuela rural, en la que todo cambia cuando la maestra se marcha para casarse y la sustituye el hermano de la mujer que ayuda en su casa, contratada por un anuncio chocante: "Can't cook but doesn't bite". A partir de la llegada de ambos todo cambia, la casa se vuelve más acogedora, aprender se convierte en una aventura, se abren nuevas perspectivas de futuro y es el año de la llegada del cometa Halley. Llega también el momento en el que el pasado sale a la luz y puede afectar al futuro. Un libro muy bien escrito, ameno y muy recomendable.