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The Egg and I Paperback – June 24, 2008
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"Anyone who has ever struggled with a farm or even with a small garden will especially enjoy this breezy autobiography, But everyone will find its hilarious reminiscences of an unconventional childhood and of unique experiences in the Northwest Pacific sprightly, diverting, and excellent entertainment. The whole book crackles with the innocent deviltry of acorns hitting the roof-tops." -- "Saturday Review of Literature""For all the allegedly gloomy moments, The Egg and l is an astoundingly light-hearted book. The MacDonalds, one gathers, had both youth and gumption on their side, to say nothing of an abounding humor that bounced them over the direst crises." "-- New York Times"
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A longtime resident of Washington State, Betty MacDonald (1908-1958) authored four humorous, autobiographical bestsellers and several children's books, including the popular Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books.
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The Egg and I is narrated by Heather Henderson and she performed the story so well that I thought Betty MacDonald herself was sitting in my living room telling the story. Henderson’s voice is soothing and hypnotic and took an already great book to an utterly outstanding book! The ‘voice’ of Pa Kettle was perhaps my favorite, but the ‘voices’ of all the characters were distinctive and enjoyable to listen to. Ms. Henderson is a new narrator for me, but I will definitely search out more titles narrated by her in the future - especially the other books written by Betty MacDonald.
Overall, this was a fun book to listen to and I found myself laughing out loud throughout. The Egg and I is extremely well-written with charming and delightful characters and is one audio book that I will listen to again and again.
Story – 4 stars
Performance – 5 stars
Overall – 4.5 stars
If you think the chickens are silly, you’ll love their neighbors, the Kettle family. For those of you that loved the “Ma and Pa Kettle” films of the 1950’s, here’s where they started, right here in the Pacific Northwest, the silliest farmers in the USA. MacDonald wrote about them based on her neighbors, the Bishops, who sued the MacDonalds for defamation (and lost) after the movie came out. The Ma and Pa Kettle movies are long since forgotten, but they’re a hilarious bunch in this book.
Though this book is comedy, there is a very dark and disturbing chapter, reserved for the Native Americans. Raised on the Hiawatha poem to believe that all natives were noble savages, she’s shocked to discover their level of degeneracy. The men, women, and children are all alcoholics, and kids as young as 12 are drinking moonshine. Old men are having sex with the children in public, and babies are allowed to eat garbage they find on the beach. It’s as though they’ve become worse than the inbred white trash of South Carolina, and though it wasn’t diagnosed then, I bet the children all had fetal alcohol syndrome.
I’m not sure how much value this book has today, except maybe to those of us contemplating a career in organic farming. If you’re wondering why I read this book in the first place, the answer is that I looked up the author of the Mrs. Pigglewiggle series and found that she wrote this before she got into children’s books.
PS: I lived in the area where she was on her farm.
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I say semi-autobiographical as she had to change some names/locations...Read more