The Yearling

ISBN: 0743225252
ISBN 13: 9780743225250
By: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Edward Shenton Ivan Doig

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About this book

RELIVE THE WONDER OF A CHILDHOOD FAVORITE THAT HAS BEEN CAPTURING THE HEARTS OF READERS FOR MORE THAN HALF A CENTURY. An instant bestseller when it was released in 1938, this Pulitzer Prize winner has been read and loved by school-age children across the nation for more than fifty years. In this classic story of the Baxter family and their wild, hard, and satisfying life in remote central Florida, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings has written one of the great novels of our times. A rich and varied tale -- tender in its understanding of boyhood, crowded with the excitement of the backwoods hunt, with vivid descriptions of the primitive, beautiful hammock country, written with humor and earthy philosophy -- The Yearling is a novel for readers of all ages. Its glowing picture of a life refreshingly removed from modern patterns of living is universal in its revelation of simple courageous people and the beliefs they must live by. This edition, complete with a new introduction by author Ivan Doig, will be cherished for years to come and will make a welcome addition to any booklover's shelf.

Reader's Thoughts

Lina

"Hutan, berburu, beruang, rusa, makanan, daging, semak jagung, pelaut dari Boston, lelaki-lelaki tinggi besar yang seperti beruang dan bertahan hidup."Nun jauh di sana, di sebuah hutan rimba, hiduplah satu keluarga kecil yang dikenal sebagai keluarga Baxter. Keluarga Baxter terdiri dari Pa dan Ma Baxter, serta putra tunggal mereka Jody. Keluarga Baxter tidaklah kaya, mereka bahkan bisa dikatakan miskin. Meski miskin, keluarga Baxter selalu dapat menjaga diri mereka agar tidak sampai kelaparan. Untuk dapat bertahan hidup keluarga Baxter harus bekerja keras setiap harinya. Mulai dari bertani dan menanam biji-bijian hingga berburu hewan liar di sekitar hutan. Hidup jauh di dalam hutan, membuat keluarga Baxter tidak memiliki tetangga di sekitar mereka. Satu-satunya tetangga terdekat mereka adalah keluarga Forrester yang pria-prianya bertubuh besar dan juga beringas. Tapi keluarga Baxter menjalin hubungan baik dengan keluarga Forrester hingga suatu peristiwa membuat hubungan mereka renggang. Peristiwa apakah itu?Sebagai satu-satunya anak tunggal dalam keluarga Baxter, Jody kerap kali dihinggapi kesepian. Meski mendapat kasih sayang berlimpah dari sang ayah, Jody menginginkan seorang teman yang bisa diajak berbagi dan menemaninya bermain. Hingga suatu hal membuat Jody menemukan seekor anak rusa di hutan. Nah sekarang opini gue:Saya punya kebiasaan kalau habis baca buku tentang hewan atau menonton film tentang hewan, saya suka ikut-ikutan kepengen punya binatang peliharaan, Misal sehabis menonton How To Train Your Dragon, saya jadi kepengen memelihara errr naga :PNah sehabis baca buku ini, saya jadi kepengen memelihara anak rusa. :DOk, lupakan soal binatang peliharaan, balik ke review. Sejujurnya saya bingung kalau harus menceritakan isi buku ini, karena ceritanya lebih seputar mengenai kehidupan sehari-hari keluarga Baxter dalam bertahan hidup di hutan. Tidak ada plot seperti si baik lawan si jahat, kabur dari penjara, dll.Untuk kesannya sendiri, persis seperti yang saya tulis di judul atas. Menarik, emosional tapi juga membosankan.Saya akan mulai dari menarik, cerita menarik karena penuturan penulis yang begitu kaya detil akan deskripsi, saat membaca bukunya, saya seolah seperti berada di hutan lengkap dengan kesunyian dan aroma hutan. Semua detil hutan, seperti cuaca, angin, aroma daun dan tanah, hingga bagaimana pohon-pohon dan hewan-hewan bergerak, semua detil dijabarkan dengan begitu rinci seolah tak ada celah yang terlewati. Bahkan saat berburu pun, penulis begitu runut memaparkan setiap adegan yang terjadi di sekelilingnya dan sukses membuat saya merasa ikut tegang saat mengikuti Jody dan ayahnya berburu Slewfood tua.Emosional, penulis bukan hanya kaya dalam memaparkan deskripsi visual, tapi juga detil dalam menuturkan adegan-adegan yang berhubungan dengan emosi. Misal kematian salah seorang teman Jody dan yang terutama hubungan Jody dan ayahnya. Atau bagaimana reaksi stress ayah dan ibu Jody saat hasil panen mereka hancur atau bila mereka gagal mendapat buruan. Dari sini penulis dengan tegas menyatakan, betapa mengerikannya kelaparan itu. Dan puncaknya mungkin hubungan Jody dan Flag, si anak rusa.Membosankan, nah ini mungkin selera. Kalau saja kondisi saya tidak dikejar timbunan dan kesulitan bagi waktu antara fokus baca atau hal-hal lain, saya mungkin lebih bisa menikmati buku ini. Buku klasik itu biasanya mempunyai deskripsi yang panjang lebar, bahkan deskripsinya saja bisa sebanyak 1 paragraf dan 1 paragrafnya itu bisa 1 halaman full, misal seperti di halaman 409. Sementara sekarang ini, saya lagi coba membaca 'cepat', dan baca 'cepat' itu agak kurang cocok dengan buku yang 'kaya deskripsi' atau 'permainan diksi'. Satu hal lagi yang membuat bosan adalah plot yang lambat. Rasanya untuk mencapai plot berikutnya, penulis mengajak pembaca untuk 'muter-muter' dulu, jadinya sudah membuat saya capek duluan, karena plot muter-muternya membuat saya kehilangan 'ikatan' dengan ceritanya.Karakter.Karakter favorit saya di sini adalah Pa Baxter atau Penny Baxter. Rasanya saya akan menominasikan Penny sebagai book father tahun ini. Bahkan Penny mungkin salah satu tokoh ayah paling bijak yang pernah saya baca. Saya kagum, walaupun serba kekurangan, Pa Baxter sama sekali tidak serakah dan hanya mengambil sesuatu sesuai kebutuhan.Sedangkan untuk Jody, kalau menurut saya ia agak manja. Hehehehe, tapi wajarlah masih kecil, di buku tidak pernah diberitahu umur Jody yang sebenarnya, tapi saya menebak mungkin usianya antara 11-13 tahun. Eniwei, saya berpikir, sebenarnya tema atau inti buku ini tentang apa sih? Apa tentang bertahan hidup? Setelah selesai baca, sepertinya bisa masuk tentang kedewasaan. Terkadang untuk dewasa kita harus melewati banyak hal-hal yang menyakitkan dahulu baru kita dapat memahaminya. Selain itu saya juga bersyukur hidup di era teknologi yang serba praktis, asli tidak terbayang deh kalau harus tinggal di jaman di mana segala sesuatunya serba manual. Saya ingat, paling jengkel kalau mati lampu, karena pompa air jadi tidak berfungsi dan untuk mandi, saya terpaksa menggotong air pakai ember dari bak ledeng. Selain itu, enaknya jaman sekarang, kita juga punya banyak sarana hiburan. Bayangkan dengan jaman di mana Jody hidup dan tinggal yang pilihannya serba terbatas, tak mengherankan masyarakatnya tampak antusias saat ada orang lain yang bercerita mengenai sesuatu, meskipun sesuatu itu terkadang biasa saja.Favorite quote:"Tidak ada hikmah. Manusia hanya perlu ingat untuk rendah hati karena tak ada apa pun di bumi yang bisa dia anggap miliknya sendiri." ~hal. 280"Kita tidak pernah tahu apa yang kita inginkan sampai sudah terlambat untuk mendapatkannya." ~hal 408 BTW, baca review Indah juga di sini, niatan awal mau baca bareng Indah dan Riri (My Heaven on Earth), ternyata sayanya tidak bisa fokus untuk selesai tepat waktu. Entah mengapa akhir-akhi saya merasa begitu monoton dalam mereview.Buku ini saya sarankan bagi mereka yang suka buku-buku klasik dan anak-anak ataupun buku-buku yang mengambil setting klasik.

Suryati

Kisah tentang Jody yang tinggal dengan ayah dan ibunya, Ma dan Pa Baxter di daerah terpencil di antara pohon-pohon pinus jauh dari para tetangga.Pa Baxter, lelaki kecil yang tak banyak bicara anak dari seorang pendeta dan dibesarkan dengan didikan keras, sulit bersosialisasi tapi sangat bertanggung jawab, jujur dan penuh cinta kasih.Dia memilih hidup terpisah dari komunitas masyarakat pada umumnya karena lebih merasa hidup diantara hutan dan hewan-hewannya daripada hidup diantara para tetangganya.Ma Baxter, perempuan bertubuh besar, dan berwatak keras, jarang memuji dan lebih sering digambarkan selalu berprasangka buruk terhadap apapun. Ternyata sikapnya dipengaruhi oleh kematian anak-anaknya dan kehidupan sulit yang dialaminya. Tapi dia seorang ibu yang bertanggung jawab dalam hal pekerjaan rumah tangganya.Keluarga Forrester, tetangga terdekat Baxter, terdiri dari beberapa lelaki yang berbadan besar, tegap, sering bersikap kasar dan senang berpesta.Hubungan unik antara keluarga Baxter dan Forrester, dua keluarga yang bertolak belakang tapi saling membutuhkan dan mampu bahu membahu mengatasi kesulitan saat gangguan para predator terutama dari Beruang yang memangsa hewan ternak mereka, mampu diceritakan dengan jelas dan menarik.Buku ini menceritakan kejadian sehari-hari yang dialami keluarga Jody, bagaimana mereka bercocok tanam, mencari air, dan berburu. Terkadang situasi sulit seperti di musim dingin dan angin topan harus dilalui dalam rumah kecil mereka dengan bertahan hidup dari segala persediaan makanan yang tersisa.Rasa kesepian Jody karena tidak punya saudara membuatnya ingin sekali memiliki binatang peliharaan seperti yang dimiliki anak terkecil keluarga Foresster. Keinginan yang sangat ditentang oleh ibunya karena hanya akan menambah beban penghidupan mereka. Rasa kesepian Jody sangat dimengerti oleh ayahnya hingga Pa Baxter berusaha selalu mengajak Jody berburu dan melakukan aktifitas hingga hilang rasa sepinya. Dan akhirnya rasa kesepian itu terobati setelah dia diperbolehkan memelihara Flag, seekor anak rusa.Cerita yang teramat detail menggambarkan suasana hutan, tingkah para hewannya, perburuan terhadap binatang, kerasnya kehidupan di tengah belantara hingga hubungan antar manusia yang unik... saat digambarkan bagaimana tenangnya menikmati pemandangan disekitar hutan seolah mengantar kita benar-benar ada di sana. Saya suka dengan gambaran detail setiap peristiwa, tentang keindahan pagi di sepanjang hutan, tentang tarian burung bangau dan gambaran kehidupan keluarga Baxter untuk mempertahankan kehidupannya. Tapi sedikit ngeri membaca detailnya perburuan terhadap binatang yang sepertinya hampir seluruh hewan yang diburu akan dikonsumsi, gak kebayang makan daging kucing hutan, tupai, ular bahkan beruang.Cerita ini juga pada akhirnya memberi Jody suatu pelajaran, bagaimana bertanggung jawab dalam keluarga dan bagaimana merasakan siksaan kelaparan. Sedihnya melihat Jody harus merelakan hewan kesayangannya...

Maureen

Ain't it strange that so many children's classics make children cry? The story of young Jody Baxter and his fawn pal Flag depicts a harsh life in the Florida swamp. It is full of strange (to most children) life experiences, and retains its ability to make me tear up just thinking about it. As long as children cherish stories that ring with a larger, deeper, inner truth, this book prevail.

Christian Engler

In past reviews, people have speculated that if The Yearling were to have been published in today's times, would it still have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. For me, I would have to say that that would be a resounding yes. I say so because the novel captures, with vivid simplicity, a bygone American era via the stark usage of the literaty resources available to Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings at the time, quite simply, the values, environment and language which surrounded her. Being the excellent and astute writer that she was, she transposed those raw yet natural elements to her characters, specificially the gruff yet loving Baxter clan.In a time where people are adrift due to the constant onslaught of materialism, celebrity, technology, vanity, money, you name it, the Baxter clan are a refreshing anomaly, for all of the above was not really available to them, and if it was, it was to a very limited degree. But because of that humbling deprivation, they as a family and individualistically speaking, were interiorily richer in so many different capacities. Their lessons came from the law of the land, the primal yet earthy philosophy of kill or be killed. But it was also a deep almost religious respect of the land and its animals that could definitely shape the thinking and the ever evolving twists and turns that are in abundance in The Yearling. Ezra Baxter-Jody's father-to some extent, could be considered as the Atticus Finch of the Florida backwoods, for he respects the codes that govern the wilderness and for the wild animals who occupy it. And thus, he kills only when necessary; he imbues that code of ethics in Jody who is of a tremendously malleable age, especially by the Forrester family and their sometimes less-than-stellar behavior.The novel is about being a boy, about growing up and about sacrifice, and when Jody, a lone child, adopts a fawn whom he names Flag, the emptiness of being a lone child abates; the fawn, a cherished pet, is a co-experiencer with Jody of the highs and lows of living in the scrub country, and he is there for Jody's various milestones, his inching along toward the tower of manhood. But sometimes just doing the day-to-day obligations of life is simply not enough. Sometimes one has to go beyond what is expected, and the latter half of the book illustrates that sacrifice entails pain, large or small, for real love sometimes does hurt. The Yearling is pungent, pure, simple, true and very very giving, absolutely worthy of the 1939 Pulitzer Prize.

Gelo

I HATE THIS BOOK PERIOD! PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS! YOU WILL MISS HALF OF YOUR LIFE OR EVEN MORE! hahahaha

Mi_twilite why are you lokkin 4 my last name??? u R A Stalker

This is a fabulous book. I read this in 6th grade and it made me want to cry a little at the end. The author used words the way people would have said them, and her characters had heavy southern accents with words that may take a little time to figure out. This story carries you into a solid plot, mostly about the main character Jody's life. He is a poor boy living in florida, which surprised me because of the country slang. You may or may not have trouble finding things to relate to. Keep in mind that this is an older book if you have the courage to read this, because the writing is far from flawless. Regardless, this is a good book whether you like this tale or not. (Any baby deer that i see i want to call Flag now.)But seriously, this book is sadder than that commercial for an animal shelter with the teary music and dying animals.

Kathleen L. Maher

** spoiler alert ** By today's standards, this slow-paced and ponderous work seems ill-fitting to Y/A, and yet too ordinary or naive for adult readerships. But to me in fifth grade, perhaps because of my thirst for another time and place from my poverty and fear, and of course my love of animals, this was the perfect fit, if a bit haunting. I'll never forget Jodie's bittersweet affection for Flag. Knowing to keep his family alive from starvation meant to kill his beloved pet, he chooses what a man would do, though still a boy himself. His lonely life in the Everglades, surviving snake bite, floods, rogue bears and the rough life of a homesteader seemed the perfect metaphors to my life of modern trials in government housing, trying to learn how to navigate through rough neighborhoods, street-smart kids, urban blight, and fatherlessness. Rawlings allowed me to both escape and yet experience sympathy through her tender rendering of timeless portraits of a child and his pet--unconditional love that could never be properly requited.This is a lost classic which may never receive the recognition it deserves.

ShaLisa

I loved this book! It was so beautiful in story, writing and depth. This book was tender as well as hard. Tender because of the mercies of his father and his feelings for the creatures - especially Flag. Hard because they had to make difficult choices for their own survival.Without meaning to be, this book was one of the best parenting books I have read. I loved and craved the relationship between the father and son because of the understanding of the father and the longing to carry each others burdens. Penny has many admirable qualities - I loved his character. The idea that Jody thought his father might not want him to return when it was so clear to me that everything Penny did was for Jody gave me much food for thought. A parent's underderstanding and perception is usually different than a child's. I must say that my heart broke for Ory who worked tirelessly and let the hard life taint her family relationships, something so easy to do. She was a good person but she wasn't as happy as she could be. The title makes you think of the fawn, yet, I see now that it was talking about Jody. He changed that year. He learned some hard lessons and gained perspective. (The fact that he was 13 years old gives me hope for my young children who seem slow to learn lessons of hard work and selflessness). I finished the book several days ago but it remains regularly on my mind. There are so many ways to benefit from having read this book.

Genevieve

I wanted to try this book as a possible choice for a lit unit after reading an article about it in Harpers Magazine. Although it took me a couple of chapters to get into it and used to the writing style, I came to enjoy the descriptions of the geography the book is set in as well as the endearing tale of Jody. However, I don't think I would use this in the classroom as a whole class read, but would recommend it to certain students that would benefit from the story.

Robyn

Meh, This wasn't a terrible read, but it didn't have anything in it that made it stand out from other similar tales of children's coming of age stories with animals, such as "Old Yeller" or "Where the Red Fern Grows". The only real novelty is that the protagonist befriends a deer instead of one of the more standard domesticated animals. Unfortunately, there's very little that the modern reader can identify with. I really felt that the author got so caught up in the place and time where the novel took place, that they neglected to add in the universal truths that make good coming of age stories have verisimilitude and staying power. The "learning the lesson" portion of the tale was shallow and I didn't really feel for the character. Perhaps this is the fault of all the characters in the book being fairly poorly developed, some of them to the point of being vague caricatures.This book isn't completely worthless, mind you, but it doesn't really excel in any point.

Gaye

What language. It was dense and thick and like poetry. The story, The Yearling, is of a young boy named Jody and his life in the hardscrabble backwoods of northern Florida in the late 1800's. Jody and his parents live a solitary life and one where frivolous things don't belong. Yet all Jody wants is something that belongs just to him; a pet. When his father is struck by a rattlesnake in the deep woods, a doe is shot and killed for her healing organs, leaving behind a tiny fawn. This fawn now becomes Jody's pet. Oh I loved this story. It was the recipient of the 1939 Pulitzer Prize and was written for children or young adults. I would be hard pressed to put this into the hands of a child today, though middle school patient kids who love long and carefully crafted deep stories might be candidates. The pacing is slower than most of today's novels and the author infuses so many details about hunting and farming that one would think she lived the same lifestyle herself (she did not!)The dialect was also thick and I found myself having to read some phrases over and over to 'figger' them out in my mind!! I loved the phrase, "don't go gittin' faintified on me!" The descriptions of the woods were full of words like loblolly pine, saw grass, red bay, sweet gum, and palmetto. I still don't know what a ti-ti or a blackjack pine looks like but they sure are fun to say. I looked up words like milch, sorties, feist, crony, brogans, boles, and cooter and they meant nothing like what they mean now! I remember - I was supposed to be speaking "southern"!Lots of homeschool kids read this book and there are lots of study guides on the internet, yet I also saw reviews by many teenagers who just didn't like this book because they were forced to read it. Once again it supports my thoughts (what I tried to tell so many parents at Barnes and Noble) just because your child CAN read at that level doesn't mean that they SHOULD. Having some life experience behind us gives us a frame of reference, more meaning. This book requires some patience to uncover the gem that it is.This book had me reading and enjoying it for a day or too after book group and I keep looking for a chance to say, "He's sure got a low eye for a high fence."

J.M. Slowik

A classic I had never been assigned to read or really had recommended, this 1938 novel was suggested to me by a librarian and I read it chapter by chapter over a number of weeks.Taking place on "Baxter's Island" in post-Civil War Florida, this follows the bond formed between a boy, Jody Baxter, and a fawn he rescues from the wild and attempts to domesticate. I found it surprisingly touching, with some beautiful passages depicting the ineffable link we may feel between ourselves and nature, especially in the opening and concluding chapters.A great deal of the dialect used is impenetrably Southern, but this just proved something of an interesting challenge rather than anything too formidable. However, at times I found myself clueless as to what a character had actually just said. These rare moments became comic instead of frustrating, such as when Jody's mother scolds his incorrect grammar with flaws in her own speech.It's a classic for a reason. Complete and earthy and challenging, I'd recommend it for... just about anyone who hasn't read it yet.

Nancy

This book so captures a bygone era of inner Florida, from the details of the locale to the dialect of the first settlers of that area. It brings to mind "Farmer Boy" by Laura Ingalls Wilder (describing a years worth of seasons and what work is done during those times) and "My Antonia" by Willa Cather (descriptions of the region that are so evocative you can imagine you are there). While the title and synopsis of the story might make you think the story is all about a boy and his deer, the book is more than that. The title also symbolizes Jody's journey from the end of his boyhood to the very beginnings of becoming a man. Although this book is considered J or YA, it also bridges into adult literature, for children may find it too long or boring while adults might find it too simplistic. A strong classic that I would recommend for older youth.

Richard Kramer

I've had a ratty old edition in my basement for decades. Finally I said, well, now's the time, and sat down to read it. I've always loved the MGM version with Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman. Rawlings' book is flintier, tougher, somehow even more moving. I had to shake the images of the actors out of my head and go with her conjurings of Penny, Ora, and Jody Baxter. I'm glad I did. Rawlings was a pet of Maxwell Perkins and their published correspondence makes a great companion piece to this. This book is for children but isn't at all, too. It is about arriving at the moment in life when for the first time you are forced to kill the thing that you think will be the only thing in your life just like it, the only thing you will ever love. And the sadness, always, is when you learn you were wrong.

John Yelverton

I read this book because I was required to, and any joy I may have gotten out of it was destroyed before I even started.

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