When Betty MacDonald married a marine and moved to a small chicken farm on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, she was largely unprepared for the rigors of life in the wild. With no running water, no electricity, a house in need of constant repair, and days that ran from four in the morning to nine at night, the MacDonalds had barely a moment to put their feet up and relax. And then came the children. Yet through every trial and pitfallthrough chaos and catastrophethis indomitable family somehow, mercifully, never lost its sense of humor.A beloved literary treasure for more than half a century, Betty MacDonald's The Egg and I is a heartwarming and uproarious account of adventure and survival on an American frontier....
|Title||:||The Egg and I (Betty MacDonald Memoirs #1)|
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The Egg and I (Betty MacDonald Memoirs #1) Reviews
In the first few chapters, I thought a memoir by Betty McDonald's adventurous mother or eccentric grandmother might be more interesting. She did have some interesting observations & adventures during her brief time living on a chicken farms in very rural upstate Washington, but I never really got a sense of who Betty is. She does have a gift for writing personification -- the town, the mountain, etc.
The criticism I saw in other reviews -- the very negative tone of her writing, especially wh ...more
Betty MacDonald (author of the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series) tells the story of her early, disastrous marriage to a chicken farmer. She has a great narrative voice, a fabulous sense of humor, and a way with an anecdote.
Annnnnnd she's also racist as hell. Which pretty much ruins a lot of the book. So, FYI: interesting, funny memoir of a way of farming that is now totally gone, in a part of the country not many people write about. With a giant helping of open, unapologetic racism, of the Native-Amer ...more
I adored Betty MacDonald’s four Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books when I was a child — so much so that I tracked them down to read to my own children when they came along. So I was ready to laugh uproariously with MacDonald’s famous memoir The Egg and I.
And don’t get me wrong: Parts of the book are hilarious: her paternal grandmother Gammy, the travails of the chicken ranch, and the plight of being the intellectual but plain younger sister. But modern-day readers will be taken aback by the antiquated exp ...more
I loved Betty MacDonald's Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series when I was a kid and learned only recently that she was equally famous for her memoirs, most notably The Egg and I. Written about her years as a young bride living on a Washington state chicken farm that had neither electricity nor running water, the book definitely takes you back to a time and place that no longer exists in America, and I found it fascinating.
Although the book was a huge hit when it came out in the late 1940s, it was later cri ...more
A memoir of rural life that lit up the best-seller lists in 1945, The Egg and I is the story of a young bride in the late 1920s who gets dragged to the woods of Washington by her enthusiastic and unsympathetic husband. Like Shirley Jackson's Life Among the Savages, which I just read, MacDonald's memoir captures the life of an overwhelmed housewife with a keen mind, a sharp sense of humor, and an unusual and subversive vision of her time. These were women who were trying to be good wives and moth ...more
I'm giving this (a very generous) 2 stars due to the excellent scenic descriptions of the Washington state environment. I got a real sense of the beauty and bounty of the area and that's one thing I always enjoy about a book.
Otherwise, MaCDonald's brand of humor isn't one shared by me, and I found nothing remotely funny about her life on a chicken farm in the 1940's. There's a bitterness about her observations of "people-not-herself" that manifests itself as a mean-spirited bigotry that you ofte ...more
I loved Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books as a kid and was surprised to find out that she started out writing for adults. I want to read her other books now! I loved her writing. Highly irreverent and sarcastic, yet charming and story-like in the details and descriptions. I want to visit these places in the Pacific northwest now! Her descriptions were beautiful, lyrical and imaginative. Her reflections piercing and comical. I found myself either chuckling out loud over or wanting to paint a picture of ma ...more
This was a vivid and fascinating look at life on a chicken farm in the 1920s, marred by an ugly racist chapter about Native Americans, and some portions that were punching down rather than up at MacDonald's neighbors, destroying any humor.
But MacDonald has a real way with words when describing the land and the weather, just gorgeous.
I felt she was very lonely and miserable despite her naturally upbeat personality - a lot of that due to her husband. I felt better about the book after finding out ...more