The Yearling

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

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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

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.

Gelo

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

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.

Amanda

I read this book at around 10 years old and it was scarring. Maybe I would see some underlying beautiful philosophy now but at that point I was mostly just traumatized. Spoiler alert: A kid raises a baby deer who ends up being unruly so they kill it. I do not advise children to read this

Michael Selden

It's been a long while since I last read The Yearling, maybe twenty or twenty-five years. My memory of its details was rather vague, although I knew the tone and some of the plot. It was refreshing to read again and to see the world of early Florida and the rich characters brought to life.Rawlings descriptive narrations of the world around the main character (Jody) are among the bestI've read. The detail and feel of the place took me back to the area—I did my undergraduate work at the Univ. of Florida, very close to where she lived when she wrote this book.The cast of characters were varied, from the boisterous Foresters to the more sedate and ruminative Penny Baxter (Jody's father). I'd classify this as a Middle Grade book—a young boy finding his place in the world—and you can see how his relationship with his father and the yearling form a kind of allegory about growing up. I won't say more about the plot since I would rather the author tell the story, but I will say that this book is worth reading.

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.

Jon Woodson

I read this as part of a huge study of esoteric fiction that I have now finished writing. I still have to try to understand why this book is so popular. It certainly is not a book for children or young adults. It was not really intended for them, but along the way somebody Rawlings had in her circle decided that it was a sort of update to Huckleberry Finn, or at least if they said it was, they could make some money. But the novel is situalted in a bleak understanding of the meaning of life on the planet Earth, and it's a terrifying book. It's also very much situated in esotericism and filled with a lot of artificial stituations--symbolic storms and ravening packs of predators-- that record esoteric information and ruin the novel as the sort of tale that people are looking for. I am close to deciding that readers have the gift of ignoring what is on the page and making a novel into what they think they are reading regardless of what is on the page. As a novel that belongs to a huge group of esoteric novels that are not seen for what they are, it is one of the best ones: that is why I gave it four stars. But as a tale that successfully entertains young readers, I think it's not adequate. Of course, in some ways even Huckleberry Finn is inappropriate for what it has become, since Huck's Pap is a monster and there are some hair-raising incidents on the river. But Twain is satirizing some rather shallow social problems, and Rawlings is summoning a metaphysical black hole for the sensitive reader to fall into and to be lost forever.

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.

Judy

This is the story of Jody, a boy in the Florida outback who wants a pet and finally gets a fawn when his father is bit by a rattler and has to shoot the doe mother so he can use her organs to suck the venom out of his leg. There are so many beautifully written passages, but my favorite parts tell of Jody's friendship with a handicapped child on a nearby farm and of Jody's innocent, crushing love for the fawn he names Flag. This book won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1939. I followed up my reading by watching the 1946 film adaptation starring Gregory Peck as Jody's father and Jane Wyman as his mother. The movie can't beat the book, but it was a fun post script to my reading.

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.

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."

Jamie

This book was a delight for me to read. The descriptions of the Florida swamps and the storms reminded me so much of Texas. I loved the vernacular of the characters. There are still people in Texas who talk just like them, act just like them, and live just like them. It is a coming of age tale about a young boy named Jody. It was as true to life as coming of age gets. I don't think growing up always happens slowly over time, but in an instant. Death, illness, and hardship often cause people to have to grow up overnight. Jody had to. The writing was so well done and so descriptive that for a relatively simple story and plot the 400 pages went quickly. There were some things in the book that I just loved1. the young boy "Fodder-wing" -- he is a crippled boy born into a rough family where everyone is expected to hunt their keep. His family seems not to care about anything and anyone except him. They truly love him and mourn him when he dies -- the Mom says that the good Lord could have taken anyone of her "rough" men and she might not have even been sad, but to take li'l ole Fodder-wing was hard for her to bear. 2. The relationship between Ory and Penny. Ory -- an ugly, chubby woman who no other man wanted and Penny, and skinny, homely man who are eeking out a living together -- hoping for a family and ultimately burying 5 or 6 children -- all of them except Jody. They both love eachother and loathe eachother.3. Buck -- I think there are just people like him. It was fun to read about him -- not content to stay still and farm -- he wanted to be on the go making his way, the hard way -- but always honest and hardworking4. Lem -- a man who no matter what was bound to be bitter about something. I just thought these characters and their relationships was so true to real life.

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.

Sabrina

Buku ini memenangkan Pulitzer di tahun 1939. Tapi bukan itu yang membuat saya membeli buku ini. Saya menyukai warna cover-nya yang sederhana dan terlihat kuno.Sesuai sinopsisnya, buku ini menceritakan keluarga Baxter yang tinggal di sebuah tanah pertanian terpencil. Jody adalah anak satu-satunya di keluarga itu. Ia seringkali merasa kesepian. Setiap hari ia membantu ayahnya berburu dan mengurus tanaman. Sampai suatu saat ia menemukan anak rusa di hutan. Anak rusa itu kehilangan induknya karena ayah Jody yang digigit ular derik membunuh induk rusa itu demi mendapatkan liver rusa yang bisa menghancurkan racun.Jody kegirangan karena bisa memelihara si anak rusa. Seluruh waktunya dihabiskan untuk bermain dengan anak rusa yang bernama Flag itu. Tapi rusa bukanlah binatang peliharaan yang penurut seperti anjing. Saat rusa itu semakin besar, Jody tidak lagi bisa mengontrolnya. Tunas-tunas tanaman yang mereka tanam dimakan Flag dan banyak kerusakan ditimbulkan oleh rusa itu. Sampai akhirnya, Jody harus mengambil keputusan demi kehidupan keluarganya.Inti dari buku ini sebenarnya adalah melihat proses Jody yang berubah menjadi lebih dewasa. Kejadian-kejadian kecil yang terjadi membuat dia mendapatkan banyak pengalaman berharga. Saya menyukai ayah Jody yang begitu sabar dan bijaksana dan juga Ma Baxter yang galak namun penuh kasih sayang. Penulis menggambarkan karakter ketiganya dengan sangat baik dan menciptakan suatu keluarga sederhana yang sangat heart warming. Saya senang menyaksikan datarnya dan monotonnya kehidupan mereka. Selain tiga anggota keluarga Baxter, hanya ada cerita tentang tetangga dan kenalan mereka yang tidak begitu banyak. Yah, mereka tinggal di desa terpencil sih. Tapi di sini saya bisa melihat kerja sama dan pentingnya menjaga hubungan baik dengan tetangga. Karena siapa lagi yang bisa menolong selain mereka di tengah hutan seperti itu? Lucu sekali mengamati jalan pikiran Jody yang seperti anak kecil. Dia dengan jujur tidak menyukai tetangganya walaupun Penny Baxter selalu menasehatinya.Yang paling mencolok dari buku ini adalah bahasanya. Indah sekali. Deskripsinya sangat sempurna. Saya bisa merasakan dengan jelas setting tempatnya. Hutan dengan pohon-pohon di sekitarnya, tanah pertanian yang penuh dengan kuncup-kuncup tanaman baru, rawa-rawa tempat serigala dan beruang sesekali bersembunyi, sungai yang meluap banjir dan menghancurkan tanah sekitarnya, suasana pesta di pusat desa, pasar-pasar yang ramai pengunjung, dsb. Cuma sayangnya saya kurang suka cerita binatang kali ya. Dan saya memang nggak suka rusa. Dari awal saya sudah tahu jadinya bakal kayak apa. Rusa kan memang nakal. Jadi, saya agak bosan bagian si Flag. Padahal perburuan beruang "Slewfoot Tua" dan penjelajahan lainnya lumayan seru. http://sabrinazheng.blogspot.com/2014...

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