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The Yearling

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  18,666 ratings  ·  688 reviews
In this classic story of the Baxter family of inland Florida and their wild, hard, satisfying life, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings has written one of the great novels of our times. A rich and varied story - tender in its understanding of boyhood, crowded with the excitement of the backwoods hunt, with vivid descriptions of the primitive, beautiful hammock country, with humor and ...more
Hardcover, 428 pages
Published March 30th 1988 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 1930)
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Elevetha
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:

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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
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Martin
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
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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
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J.M. Slowik
Oct 20, 2010 J.M. Slowik rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Gaye
Jun 11, 2011 Gaye rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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.
Kathleen L. Maher
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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
Gelo
I HATE THIS BOOK PERIOD! PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS! YOU WILL MISS HALF OF YOUR LIFE OR EVEN MORE! hahahaha
Althesia
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
grace
This book was very moving. It started out very good and continued throughout the book but, I really despised the ending. I was expecting it since there was never going to be a happy ending for them but still I was sad. The diction was strong and interesting. My favorite part was the detailed descriptions given by the author. All the settings were very involved in the action and Rawlings really made the contrasts of emotion in different scenes and different characters come to life. The relationsh ...more
Cee
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
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Christopher
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Scott Hubbard
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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 h ...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
Charity
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 t
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Mahjong_kid
Sometimes, I just need to read a slow book that focuses on the beauty and variety of nature. Maybe I appreciate that more as an adult than I would have as a child, or maybe I felt more attuned to the nature described because I now live in the South. This book has beauty and loneliness and love and the drama of living poor; but what I loved most was the tension between the humans and wildness of nature - the way they collided and made peace. I could feel Rawlings' love for her native land in ever ...more
Rick Davis
I was inspired to read this book after listening to Andrew Peterson's CD Light for the Lost Boy that references The Yearling frequently. I didn't quite know what to expect; The Yearling was one of those books that I somehow missed out on as a child. What I found was a rich, deep, poignant coming-of-age story that manages equally to avoid the pitfalls of being cynical or saccharine.

Jody Baxter is growing up in the backwoods of Florida in the late 1800s, the only child of Penny and Ory Baxter. It
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Stephen
Oct 30, 2014 Stephen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Stephen by: my mother
This was a wonderful and charming book which I have wanted to read for a long time. My mother raved about this book for years, placing it at the top of a long list of her favorites. "Angle of Repose" by Wallace Stegner for example. This past March on an Amtrak trip from Philadelphia to Rutland I read an essay in Harpers, The Lost Yearling, by Lauren Groff, written for the 75th anniversary of the publishing of the book; which made me more determined than ever to read it. The essay writer raved ab ...more
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. U
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Saptorini

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!

Ternyat
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Suryati
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
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Steve Hemmeke
Rawlings explores life themes in a compelling way. Falling out with friends or neighbors, a son following in his father’s footsteps, a boy growing to take on the responsibility of a man, facing the loneliness and difficulty of life.

The contrast between Jody’s father and mother instructs. She is hard-bitten and complaining, though helpful to her natural allies (family). He is generous, patient and gives to those who do not deserve it. Jody learns that it can pay off to be kind in the face of host
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Stephen
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
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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
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
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
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Robyn
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
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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was an American author who lived in rural Florida and wrote novels with rural themes and settings. Her best known work, The Yearling, about a boy who adopts an orphaned fawn, won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1939 and was later made into a movie of the same title, The Yearling. The book was written long before the concept of young-adult fiction, but is now commonly inclu ...more
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“Now he understood. This was death. Death was a silence that gave back no answer.” 17 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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