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Gladys Hasty Carroll
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As the Earth Turns

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  24 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Unknown Binding, 339 pages
Published January 1st 1978 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1933)
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Catherine Hurst
This book was written in 1933 and became an international best-seller and a 1934 film. It tells the story of a southern Maine farm family in the early depression through the seasons of the year--starting and ending in winter a year apart. The peacefulness and solidity of an orderly and well-lived farm life shines through, but the book also tells of births and deaths, romances and heartbreak, women who love the farm life and those who want to escape. It deals with attitudes towards immigrants and ...more
Apr 22, 2008 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes classic fiction/historical fiction
Recommended to Heather by: nobody - I found it on the library throw-away shelf!
This book follows a Maine farming family in the 1930's over the course of one year. I enjoyed reading about how people lived in such isolated communities and how they cared for themselves and each other when there were no stores (or doctors, for that matter) to be found. It was refreshing to see that family dynamics and neighborhood politics are very much the same now in my rural/suburban Jersey neighborhood as compared to the secluded deep woods of Maine in the past.
As the Earth Turns, published in 1933, was a warm and comfortable read that I enjoyed every time I opened the cover.

The main character, Jen, worked tirelessly to provide for the needs of her father, step-mother, and siblings. She never complained or felt sorry for herself. She was one of those unique individuals so engrossed in the moment that she didn't concern herself with the past or fret over the future. She led a truly fulfilling life of caring for others.
While I don't really have the time right now to write a full-blown review, I just wanted to say that reading this book always rekindles that "do anything" fire and makes me feel so much more comfortable in the life that my husband and I have chosen to have.
May 31, 2007 Ruth rated it 5 of 5 stars
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One of my mom's favorite books from when she was growing up, so she suggested I read it one summer when I was looking for reading. I enjoyed it just as much as she did.
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“….two slate-colored gravestones settled at a slant into the lower corner of the field beside the lane. She could not read the names engraved on them, but she knew what they were. Joseph Watson, 1820-1891, and James Watson, son of Joseph and Hannah Watson, 1844-1863. The grave of Hannah Watson lay beside her husband’s and because she had died last, she had no marker, unless the pine tree growing there might count as one. To-morrow two men would drive up and leave a basket of flowers and a flag for Joseph because he had fought in the Civil War, and for James because he had died on his way home from it, but they would not have anything for Hannah because she had only identified her son James one hot summer day on the platform of North Derwich Station, and raised all the food her husband ate for twenty years as he sat in a chair in her kitchen, and done washings for Mrs. Hale to buy monuments for them at the end. But the flowers would die in the boxes; even if Jen found time to go down and set out the pansy plants in the ground, stray cows were sure to eat them off before the summer was over; and the Forrest children would take the flags to play with. Nothing would interfere with the tree.” 1 likes
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