- Publisher: Blackberry; Reprint Edition edition (July 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 094239674X
- ISBN-13: 978-0942396744
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,409,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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As the Earth Turns Paperback – July, 1995
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This book is the Waltons meet Ethan Frome, depicting a year in the life of a family that more and more face the modern world of air planes, college educations, and city life.
The characaters are sympathetic, strong and human. The chronicle of farm living's chores, rituals, and tasks are fascinating.
The main character, Jen, stands as a bright image of womanhood that may, sadly, be gone in today's world. At 19 years of age, she is the main cook for a huge farm family, and this means preparing three big, nourishing, and delicious meals each day, all from freshly grown vegetables, homemade cream and butter, and whatever was "put up" in the basement for the winter. She is tireless, doing the cooking and the cleaning up, collecting greens and berries for the evening meal, baking luscious pies and cakes -- and tending to her brothers and sisters in a kind, upbeat fashion.
Whatever goes wrong -- and on a farm things always go wrong -- she accepts it quietly and courageously, whether it's a terrible snow storm, a family blow-up, or the sudden death of her brother's cow, which puts a huge dent in his finances. When a neighbor's child is seriously ill with croup, Jen goes to the house and knows exactly what steps to take to get the child on the mend.
This is a book without salacious sex scenes, and no violence at all, yet it is never sappy or sentimental. One problem with it: I couldn't put it down.
She is often compared to Sarah Orne Jewett and Mary E. Wilkins, other Maine writers, but a better comparison would be to Mary Ellen Chase, a Maine novelist who is contemporary to Carroll and who also used similar settings to explore comparable themes. As late as the 1960s (I don't know about now), a play based on AS THE EARTH TURNS was performed every summer in Berwick. It was her most popular book, widely translated into other languages.
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This book is a timeless classic. A story of an interconnected family and neighbors on Maine farms in the late 1920's or early 1930's. Read morePublished on February 21, 2008 by Ernie Wild
I have read this book as part of a seminar being conducted by the Maine Humanities Council and Margaret Chase Smith Library. We will discuss the book at our April 1999 meeting. Read morePublished on March 17, 1999 by Herbert E. Paradis Jr.