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The Yearling summary The Yearling, series The Yearling, book The Yearling, pdf The Yearling, The Yearling 689d85c40c Young Jody Adopts An Orphaned Fawn He Calls Flag And Makes It A Part Of His Family And His Best Friend But Life In The Florida Backwoods Is Harsh, And So, As His Family Fights Off Wolves, Bears, And Even Alligators, And Faces Failure In Their Tenuous Subsistence Farming, Jody Must Finally Part With His Dear Animal Friend There Has Been A Film And Even A Musical Based On This Story

10 thoughts on “The Yearling

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    I have read this book twice before, once as a child, and again as a young adult It was presented as the MOD choice on the group On the Southern Literary Trail by Tom, so I took the opportunity to start the New Year with a Pulitzer Prize winning novel that I already knew would be a wonderful read I had forgotten just how great it really was.The setting is Florida in the 1870 s, before concrete and condos and retirees and tourists Before Disney World and Universal and Gatorland This was a Florida of wild, lush beauty, wild game aplenty to supplement meager farming, but also bears and wolves and rattlesnakes, and violent storms The Florida Crackers that Rawlings knew so well were proud, hard working people that only asked for help from neighbors when there was no other choice, and gave help in turn when it was needed.The description of this book would have you believe that it s the story of a young boy who adopts a fawn, and while this is true, the real story is the relationship between a boy and his father It s about the struggle to become a man in a hard world, the difficulty of doing the right thing, or even knowing what the right thing is at times As Penny tells his son Jody, Boy, life goes back on you Life knocks a man down and he gets up and it knocks him down agin What s he to do then What s he to do when he gits knocked down Why, take it for his share and go on Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings has written a book about the people she lived among and loved, the values they held dear, and the Florida scrub country that she described so beautifully The dialect in the book is so real it reads like poetry I found myself reading parts of it aloud just to hear it spoken Yes, this book is a classic in ways than one The nature writing is unsurpassed, the story is timeless, the characters will stay in your heart forever We all need this book for the message Stand up to life, do what needs to be done, but remember to remain a decent human being.

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    I absolutely hated this book I m not even sure that hate describes how I feel This is based purely on how I felt reading it and not the writing quality, though that was really rather poor as well.I suppose that most people were supposed to have this reaction and then natter on about how amazing this book is How the coming of age story is so poignant and beautiful How they wept and then fainted from the overwhelming feelings that they had for Jody And, of course, how they recommended this book to everyone they knew.But I hated it.Really the only looks I had as I read were My thoughts were that it would have been a FAR better book if what I wanted to happen would have happened I wanted little Flag to show up on page 1 instead of 130 and have rabies, thus infecting Jody and his parents They die and Flag dies on page 2 The end That would be a five star version of this book.It probably didn t help that we were supposed to focus on Jody s nonexistent virtues Like responsibility and respect He didn t have either of those He slacked off, never did his chores and when he did, most likely under pain of death He treated his parents like crap, except when he wanted something He is an immature brat And he is lauded for that Then he view spoiler is told to kill Flag because he couldn t keep Flag from destroying the crops So Jody kills Flag and runs away from home moping and being, again, immature He wanders around and finally returns home after realizing that he can t survive without the resources of his parents hide spoiler

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    I started this classic novel with only a vague idea of what it was about I knew the book was supposed to be sad and I knew the yearling was a deer But that was it As it turns out, I was partly wrong about both things Yes, the novel is sad, extremely so, but its overriding feature is an almost ecstatic love of animals, especially wild ones And yes, the yearling is a deer but importantly, it s also the story s protagonist a 12 year old boy caught right in that moment between an innocent childhood and a realization of the pain the world can dole out The Yearling was not originally marketed for children, but over the years it s sort of morphed into a young adult novel in many people s minds I think that s a mistake For one thing it s too long and often slow For another, the themes are tricky and much subtle than they appear at first Jody Baxter and his parents live in the Florida wilderness around 1870 Jody s father, Penny, is wise and kind and showers him with attention and Jody thrives on a life of hard, honest work and playing in the woods Jody and Penny love animals, but seem to always be killing them Early in the novel, Old Slewfoot, a massive bear, eats a pig the Baxters were counting on for winter and they go out after him, almost losing their best hound when Slewfoot fights them all off This starts the thematic arc of the book, which is about the slow, inevitable approach of death and the fact that humans and wild animals can t really coexist Death comes closer when Penny is bitten by a rattlesnake and barely survives In a desperate attempt to save his life, he kills a doe and places her liver on the bite hoping to suck out the poison Jody is terrified While Penny is recovering, Jody remembers that dear had a fawn He insists on finding it and taking it home to raise like a puppy The fawn, who he names Flag, is intertwined with Penny s near death and Jody worships it like he does his dad There is a destructive flood, a plague that hits the animals, attacks from starving wolves, the death of a beloved neighbor, a showdown with Old Slewfoot, and finally the sad events that shape Jody into the man he will become someone who sees the world clearly, and is honest, and wise like his father In between all that death there are also scenes of incredible and surreal beauty, always around wild animals In one of my favorite sections, Penny and Jody watch from the bushes as a dozen cranes dance together with the moon shining above Their movements are intimate, unknowable, and the moment is described so well I went down a half hour rabbit hole Googling dancing cranes In another scene, a thin, crippled, young wolf sneaks into the Baxter s yard at night to play with the family s dog The wolf pup is lame because Penny had shot it earlier for trying to eat his livestock They watch quietly Pore thing, Penny said Hurt and lonesome Come visiting its nighest kin to pick a play Perhaps the sibilance of their whispers reached beyond the closed window or their scent drifted to the wolf s nose Soundlessly, it turned, left the dogs and clambered with difficultly over the fence and was gone into the night Jody asked, Will it do harm here Penny stretched out his feet to the embers on the hearth I mis doubt it s in shape to catch itself a square meal I d not dream of bothering it A bear ll finish it, or a panther Leave it live out the rest of its life They squatted together by the hearth, caught up in the sadness and the strangeness It was a harsh thing, even for a wolf, to be so alone that it must turn to the yard of its enemy for companionship Jody laid his arm across Flag The Yearling is a classic that belongs on the list of great American novels Yet it also has its share of problems As I mentioned earlier, the book is very slow in sections and is often overly sentimental Yet there is a life to this novel, a lush, urgent, joyous life that for me, made it well worth my time.

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    Finally A Pulitzer Prize Winner that I actually enjoyed Five big stars A boy s coming of age story filled with great love Very sad in parts but very spiritual and warm hearted as well Highly recommended.

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    Every night for three weeks, my nine year old and I would snuggle together under a blanket, tea cups balanced on our laps I would read aloud in what my spouse says was a pretty good Southern accent and she would read along silently over my shoulder After we d finished the book and blown our noses and she d talked a bit, I realized that she and I got different messages from the story She loved it for the outdoors and the animals both the cute baby animals raised by Fodder Wing and Jody and the animals who threatened to kill them, directly or indirectly When she cried, she cried because there was no clear right path for Jody to have followed Should he have taken the fawn in or should he have left it Neither seemed like a good plan in the end.When I cried, I cried because as a parent, there s no clear right path for raising my children Penny, like many most parents, tried to protect his son from the ills of his own childhood He kept Jody from hard work and hunger, shielding him always from the ugly ways of people, a buffer between his son and reality This spared Jody pain when he was young, but it left him unprepared for the life of an adult The boy couldn t read or write well or light a fire on his own or carry home a carcass after a hunt Adulthood comes, though, whether we re prepared for it or not And so when I cried, it was in part for that remembered pain of crossing the threshold between childhood and adulthood and realizing there really was no magic to it after all, but it was even for the constant and anticipated pain of knowing that no matter what I do for my children, they re going to have to suffer in order to grow I can t get them out of that any than I can get myself out of my own growing pains Even if I could keep them from feeling pain or sadness or fear as children, that would only leave them as adults with a sense of entitlement toward anything good in their lives and a sense of unfairness for any discomfort They d be as whiny as Jody was before his coming of age except they d be trapped in it, perpetual children.My take home message from this book is that the way to help my children grow to be capable adults is to get them a wild animal to raise so it can betray them and so open their eyes to the betrayals they can expect from life every step of the way Or since I live in the suburbs, maybe I can accomplish something similar by allowing them to make their own mistakes and feel their own embarrassment and fear and pain and just be there for them when it happens instead of trying to keep them from feeling it in the first place.I think getting a fawn might be easier.

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    Sometimes you read a book and it is just words on a page, sometimes it becomes a story And sometimes, when you re very lucky the book becomes so real you feel transported right into the pages That was my experience here.I loved Jody and Penny s relationship, how overwhelming Penny s love is for his son, how much he wants for Jody to learn and grow And how he watches Jody enjoying life.The Forresters were entertaining and heartbreaking at the same time There is much to learn from the characters in this book if your heart is open.I treasured every moment I got to spend with Penny, Ora and Jody, seeing the world through their eyes.Very good book and now Andrew Peterson, a song writer, has a song about it It is called The Ballad of Jody Baxter All young boys should read this book It is on the same level as Where the Red Fern Grows.

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    The Yearling is a fine coming of age novel that I have somehow managed to avoid reading until know Fortunately, thanks to the fine folks at the On the Southern Literary Trail Goodreads group, I finally had the opportunity to read and discuss it with others who appreciate it Uninformed readers such as I will automatically assume that the yearling in question is the fawn prominently displayed on the cover but that is not really correct It soon becomes apparent that the fawn is but a minor character in the drama that plays out in the scrub lands of back country Florida The real yearling is Jody, a young boy growing up in isolation with only his hard working parents for company Despite his father s attempts to shelter Jody from the tribulations of life in the country, Jody finds that growing up is not as fun and easy as he would like Without revealing too many spoilers, it is a wonderful description of the rocky road to manhood One final comment The audiorecording of this novel was magnificently narrated by Tom Stechschulte It is a great book to listen to and Tom is the perfect narrator.

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    The Yearling is Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Pulitzer prize winning novel about the coming of age of Jody Baxter, the son of a backwood farming family that is trying to eke a living from a bit of high land in the Florida scrub shortly after the Civil War The story is about a boy s love for a fawn, a man s love for his son, and the difficult lessons life throws in the path of a boy who lives in a world where he must become a man in order to survive.There are many wonderful characters apart from the Baxters The Forresters, particularly Fodder wing, Lem and Buck, add a further understand of what it was to live in such a harsh environment and how important neighbors and family were to one another We get a glimpse of the town life and a contrast between the two when the Baxters visit Grandma Hutto and Oliver But the emphasis of the story is the relationship between Penny Baxter and his son Jody Penny is a remarkable man, savvy in the ways of the wilderness, kind and humane and somewhat indulgent of his child Ora Baxter is a harder, sterner person, with a string of lost babies in her past and a tendency toward looking a thing in the eye without turning away She seems to hold Jody at arm s length most of the time and never hopes for than the scrapings she is given I was about 12 or 13 years old when I read The Yearling for the first time Back in those days, I had seen the movie with Gregory Peck and Jane Wyman as well I did not think there would be much that would be added to my memory of this story, but I was wrong I came at this story with different eyes, of course At that first reading, I would have been protected and spared, as Jody was, the harder side of life I have known some sorrow and loss in my life now I understand the lesson Jody had to learn and that Penny wanted to shelter him from, and I understand Ora in a way that I m sure was impossible when I was so young I m glad I chose to revisit this moving story I had thought it might come across as maudlin or sentimentala kind of sophisticated Bambi I need not have worried Rawlings is not writing fantasy here, she is writing life, and life can always bear another close inspection.

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    A Civil War era coming of age novel that s a spiritual cousin to Where the Red Fern Grows, but with a broader story and a deeper dive into life s challenges Reading this book reminds you how deeply people understood the consequences of choice, as sloth translated brutally into starvation Indeed, the need to work for one s supper every day, planning for both the moment and the future, contrasts starkly with our present day welfare state that, for some, rewards indolence.One other thing that jumps out from this tale is that the family, though living without TV, smartphones, cars, running water, or any of the other niceties we demand as a baseline for happiness, are just as happy as we are They find plenty of joys, despite their hardships, and in the process sober us and our propensity to storm about under whipped lattes and 404s The tasks they faced daily would cave many of us, yet they take them in stride and relish in their accomplishments.The protagonist, Jody, lets us into his thoughts and the conundrums he must un puzzle as he becomes a man The dialect, though distracting at times, helps form the context of the life he leads.

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    Rawlings s 1938 Pulitzer winning novel focuses on the boy Jody, his parents Ora and Penny Baxter, their neighbors the Forresters, and their hard scrabble lives in central Florida in about 1870 I first heard of this classic of children s literature when I was about 10 years old, but I never read it I hadn t even seen the movie I had only a vague notion about the plot a boy and his pet deer, the yearling of the title I m so glad that I finally read it Rawlings tells the tale from Jody s perspective He s twelve years old when the novel opens, and still spends much of his time roaming about the woods, exercising his imagination and connecting with nature Yes, he has chores what farm child doesn t but he frequently gets distracted in the middle of hoeing a field, following a squirrel or just getting lost in his thoughts when he takes a brief break to get a drink from a nearby stream His father, Penny, grew up with stern parents and had hardly any childhood, saddled with responsibility at a very young age As a result, he is willing to work twice as hard to keep his boy a boy for a longer period This is a source of disagreement between Penny and Ma, who feels that Jody is past the age for greater responsibility He is, after all, their only child, and if they are to survive let alone prosper Jody must take on a greater share of the work When Jody and his father meet disaster while out hunting, they are forced to kill a doe with a new born fawn Once they are back home, Jody prevails upon his father to let him retrieve the fawn, who, Jody argues, is an orphan only because of their actions Jody dotes on Flag and treats the animal as a brother But as Flag grows to a yearling, his natural instincts coupled with tameness and Jody s indulgence, lead to troubling behavior The difficult decisions that are required show how everyone has matured and grown over the course of the novel I could not help but equate Flag s growing up to Jody s Both are indulged and left free to roam and both have to endure pain and suffering as a result of growing towards adulthood This made me think that the title was a reference to Jody than to the fawn What really shines in this novel is the connection to nature I was reminded of the many times I was in the woods with my father, and the way he taught me and my brothers about plants, animals, hunting, and fishing I feel sorry for modern urban children who have no such connection in their lives I particularly loved this passage The cranes were dancing a cotillion as surely as it was danced at Volusia Two stood apart, erect and white, making a strange music that was part cry and part singing The rhythm was irregular, like the dance The other birds were in a circle In the heart of the circle, several moved counter clock wise The musicians made their music The dancers raised their wings and lifted their feet, first one and then the other The birds were reflected in the clear marsh water Sixteen white shadows reflected the motions The evening breeze moved across the saw grass It bowed and fluttered The water rippled The setting sun lay rosy on the white bodies Magic birds were dancing in a mystic marsh The grass swayed with them, and the shallow waters, and the earth fluttered under them The earth was dancing with the cranes, and the low sun, and the wind and sky Rawlings uses the vernacular dialect of the time and place, and there are some uncomfortable uses of the n word It s appropriate to the time, place, and socio economic status of the characters, and it s not frequent maybe six times in the 400 page book , but it is nevertheless jarring to today s readers.The edition I got from the library was masterfully illustrated by N.C Wyeth father of Andrew Wyeth What a joy it was to examine these paintings I looked at them and looked at them over and over as I was reading And nearly two weeks after finishing the book, I m still looking at them reluctant to return the book to the library.

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