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The Egg and I Paperback – June 24, 2008
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About the Author
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.
Top Customer Reviews
The more years that pass and the more technologically driven we become, the more hilarious "The Egg and I" becomes. Moving from a city to "the boonies" to raise chickens on a chicken farm is quite a challenge, especially in the 1940's which is the setting for this book. No electricity and no indoor plumbing are quite a jump from modern civilization even in that era. Of course, in that day, women were expected to be obedient wives, prepared to follow their husband's wild and sometimes bizarre dreams no matter where they may lead. The author tells it all in a matter of fact way, with a spicy, witty sense of humour. Almost every page will keep the reader laughing out loud. It is easy to see why this book remains popular 61 years after it was first published! Betty MacDonald is no longer with us, but her memory lives on and still continues to bring us joy and laughter through her books. Also recommended is her book, "Onions in the Stew."
As for the author's racially charged remarks towards the pacific native Americans, I would love to encourage everyone to look past them and realize McDonald's limitations in her views given by the period of her life, the culture of that period, and the upbringing she received that stemmed from her socioeconomic and ethnic background. Yes, some of the comments might make today's educated person cringe a bit, but take them as a reminder of how far we have come. Keep in mind that we all have the same limitations of our understanding as she did, but we have the benefit of 60 some odd years of progress.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
AS funny & touching as the first time I read it---many years ago!!Published 1 month ago by Barbara J. Sell
It is funny, while many others found this memoir to be extremely hilarious I saw it as a tragic comedy. Read morePublished 3 months ago by jeanne adamek
I loved this book and so did my daughter age 29. Life in a very different time!Published 4 months ago by JR
Such a funny book about the first year of married life. Yes it's got historical prediduces that could make it difficult for some people. I just read around them. Read morePublished 5 months ago by revisa