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The Yearling

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  16,540 ratings  ·  613 reviews
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...more
Paperback, 513 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Aladdin (first published 1938)
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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 thi...more
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 characte...more
J.M. Slowik
Oct 20, 2010 J.M. Slowik rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to J.M. by: a librarian
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, espec...more
Rob Warner
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 jum...more
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 th...more
Jenn Garrett
I had never read this classic, despite the fact that it is set just south of here, I have seen the original manuscript at UF archives, and been to Rawlings house where whe wrote it. It was slow, but there is some nice vivid imagery of rural Florida. The story is centered around a boy, maybe ten years old, and his expireinces growing up as an early settler in Florida. I was shocked by Rawlings descriptions of some of the female characters, but understood after finishing the book whay she wrote th...more
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.
Sebelum The Yearling, Rawlings kerap kali mendapat penolakan dari editornya, Max Perkins. Namun Perkins mengarahkan Rawlings untuk menulis sesuatu yang dia pahami dari lingkungannya. Sejak itulah Rawlings mulai menulis The Yearling yang sebelumnya pernah diajukan dengan nama The Flutter Mill dan Juniper Island. Meskipun penulisan novel ini sempat terhenti, namun pada tahun 1938, novel ini berhasil dipublikasikan dan terpilih menjadi Book-of-the-Month Club pada bulan April 1938. Novel yang pernah...more
Kathleen L. Maher
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Jun 11, 2011 Gaye rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gaye by: Classic Chick Book Group
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 bec...more
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Scott Hubbard
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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 h...more
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...more
"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. U...more

The Yearling, kisah Jody dan seekor rusa.

Akhirnya Senin dini hari (23 Mei), aku menyelesaikan novel setebal 501 halaman ini. Saat membaca bagian awal novel hadiah Kuis Buku Gratis Bulan Mei dari GRI sempat khawatir tak bisa menyelesaikan tepat waktu. Bukan hanya karena ketebalannya yang lumayan—biasanya aku membaca buku setebal 200-300 saja—juga pada bagian awal kurang menarik minat.

Terbiasa dengan dialog atau kejutan adegan di awal, sehingga narasi panjang di bab awal membuatku khawatir!

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 tetanggany...more
I grew up in a farm community and while I didn't live on a farm, most of those that I grew up with raised livestock that was then slaughtered for food. I've always wondered how they stood it.

In this book Jody loves hunting, loves the various foods that his family gleens from the Florida backwoods but hates the actual killing. When he adopts a fawn it's clear and inevitable what's coming but Jody, with the innocence of a child lives in the now and can't forsee the outcome. This story won a Pulit...more
Hendry Kurniawan
Bangsa Amerika dikenal sangat bangga dengan leluhur mereka (setidaknya begitulah kesan yang saya dapat setelah menonton beberapa film dokumenter sejarah). Ya, jika Anda bertanya pada mereka tentang hal ini, sedikit banyak Anda akan memperoleh jawaban bahwa leluhur mereka yang berasal dari Eropa telah membentuk karakter masayarakat modern Amerika sekarang yang bersifat kerja keras, pantang menyerah, pemberani, berbeda, rajin, dan sedikit pemberontak. Bagi saya pribadi, bangsa Amerika memang patut...more
Looking at the book cover, I thought I was going to read about a child and his pet deer. Well, there is a child and there is a deer but their relationship is only secondary to that of the boy and his father. I think that this is foremost a story about a father and his son and the valuable life lessons that he gives his child through one memorable year. Taking care of a deer is just one of those life lessons.

The boy Jody lives with his parents in the Florida brush in a time when children were ex...more
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 th...more
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...more
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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 mi...more
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 bo...more
An interesting look at a life in the post-Civil War Florida backwoods, at a small family struggling to survive in a harsh yet beautiful wilderness, and a boy coming of age. This is a book that one reads slowly and savors as the pages turn, like Moby-Dick. Unfortunately, it was made far too obvious in the beginning how the story was going to end (especially for a book this long), and unlike Moby-Dick, which kept me interested with colorful characters, humorous moments, exciting action sequences,...more
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.
I grew up watching the movie and finally decided to give the book a chance. The book can be slow at times and moving at others. Overall, I did enjoy it, but it's not one of my favorites by any means.
Rawlings came up from Florida on the advice of her doctor--she may have had malaria--she did have writers' block and being in Banner Elk and forming a relationship with a young boy from a nearby orphange helped her immensely. He cut her wood for her and visited in the late afternoons. In the Depression he now had a little pocket money and Rawlings had inspiration for her charcter in The Yearling. She also visited with F. Scott Fitzgerald (staying in Ashville) while she was in Banner Elk. Maxwell...more
This is probably one of my all time favorite books, although I can't read it very often. Too depressing & moving. It's a real emotional roller coaster for me, but does & did make me appreciate what I have. I grew up on a farm, about as different from the one in this book as you could get. I've also raised fawns. Their mothers would get hit on the road & every year or two we'd get one to raise. We'd never see one for two years in a row, that we knew of, though. Depressing.
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“Now he understood. This was death. Death was a silence that gave back no answer.” 14 likes
“You've seed how things goes in the world o' men. You've knowed men to be low-down and mean. You've seed ol' Death at his tricks...Ever' man wants life to be a fine thing, and a easy. 'Tis fine, boy, powerful fine, but 'tain't easy. Life knocks a man down and he gits up and it knocks him down agin. I've been uneasy all my life...I've wanted life to be easy for you. Easier'n 'twas for me. A man's heart aches, seein' his young uns face the world. Knowin' they got to get their guts tore out, the way his was tore. I wanted to spare you, long as I could. I wanted you to frolic with your yearlin'. I knowed the lonesomeness he eased for you. But ever' man's lonesome. 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.

—Penny Baxter”
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