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The Yearling

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Great read!

The book I chose to read is The Yearling. The three main reasons I picked this American classic is because I had herd from multiple people that it is a good book and that I should read it, secondly I have seen the movie and wanted to see the differences between the book...
The book I chose to read is The Yearling. The three main reasons I picked this American classic is because I had herd from multiple people that it is a good book and that I should read it, secondly I have seen the movie and wanted to see the differences between the book and the movie and last but certainly not least I had just finished reading Robinson Crusoe which I really enjoyed, so I decided to try and read more classical books. The yearling may be very different from Robinson Crusoe but it is still a very good book. The yearling is very similar to Rascal and Where the Red Fern Grows. All three are written around the same time period and involve a boy and his pet. All of these books are written differently then today's standard and in a way that the authors tries to capture how the people spoke in that era. It makes the text difficult to read and slightly confusing but once you get into it the book it will make more sense and have a better flow. If you don't like books that use improper grammar then don't read this book, but if you can get past that dislike this is a wonderful book worth a read and maybe even a re-read. The yearling is just like a time capsule because it captures almost exactly how life was back in the 1870s. It takes place in the Florida wilderness with the Bears the panthers and all of the other trials that people face there. I had hard time putting this book down it was very rarely slow; there was always some adventure that Jody, (the main character) and his father, Penny, or his fawn, Flag, would explore. You want this book to continue in the way that Jody fantasizes his life will turn out to be with his little fawn but that ending unfortunately never comes. This book may look long but its good so that makes it short, the whole book is great but then you get to the ending and the book dies (in my opinion). It has a very similar ending to Rascal. The book to me just ends wrong he was supposed to go off and live with flag for the rest of the little deer's life but that doesn't happen. Overall the ending just doesn't fit with the rest of the novel. This book is great because it was written to capture, life of people in the Florida wilderness in the 1870s.The Yearling has a meaning that will live on until the end of time, which to me is what makes this book a classic. It captures one thing that every young man or woman has to do and that is to grow up and realize the world isn't just a big playground; it's a rock and a hard place. You just have to do your best to make it through. I think this is a great book that everyone needs to read. I strongly recommend it to anyone who can take a sad and influential ending, if not you probably shouldn't read it. I do not think the book is a good read for younger People. I would say ages thirteen and up. The yearling By Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Great

posted by Bret75 on November 1, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

What?

Seriously! This is only half the book!

posted by I_m_a_m_a_z_i_n_g_ on January 11, 2012

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

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    Highly Recommended

    The Yearling, by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is an excellent book filled with imagery and description. The author's vivid details make the book come alive, and the story is depicted with almost journal-like detail. The book is set in the backwoods of Florida during the 1870's, where life is an ongoing struggle for its inhabitants; and overflowing with adventure, danger, loss, loneliness, and courage. The experiences and obstacles that the main character, Jody Baxter, faces with his adopted fawn are touching and moving. People that appreciate the outdoors and nature will especially enjoy this book. The author's imagery paints beautiful pictures of the characters' natural surroundings and much of the book is spent in nature. The Yearling is an excellent book and I highly recommend reading it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 25, 2011

    Awesome book!

    I wouldnt read the first comment. Sh gives the ending away. I read the full version and enjoyed it very much. It was a really sweet story with humour too. I personally like the southern way of talking. Its interesting. But if u find it had to read that tgen dont read this book. Hop u enjoy it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2006

    Its was a really good book but......

    But it was kind of hard to geet through in the beggining. I enjoyed the middle, and the end was heartbreakingly good. I cant believe Flag had to die!!!! If you havent read this book pick it up right now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2005

    Good....but.....

    The book was really really hard to get through in the beginning...i admit to that but...towards the end it was REALLY good...it made me cry...I would recommend it just so you can say to people...yeah i have read that book....its a great read....even if it is really hard to get through...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2002

    GREAT READ!! but....................

    This book was A GREAT read!! The first 150 pages were hard to get through...but from then on it was a page turner and tear jerker! So the only reason it got 4 starts was because it was hard to get thriugh the begining!!! injoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2002

    Very good...

    This book can be a little boring in some parts, but there are other scenes that make up for it. What most people don't understand about the book is that it is NOT about a boy and his pet deer. It is about a boy GROWING UP. It touches topics about friendship, family, and, of course, death. The ending to the story was sad but it was a very good conclusion to the story. I am glad I read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2002

    Good

    I think it was a good book overall, and I couldn't put it down. The only thing that made me give it four stars is the Southern accents. I found them hard to read, but that is the only thing I don't like about it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2001

    Good for kids

    i read this book for school. it is good. but it talks a lot about anything except'the wonderful relationship between Jody and Flag' The southern accent is a bit boring. and the story is a bit cruel and gross, eating panther and alligator meat. but it's good for a school kid to read. the words are a bit hard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2001

    Read it agin!

    If you read The Yearling as a child, read it again now that you're grown. I did, and relived the wonder and joy I felt at 12 when I first met Jody and Flag. Rawlings brings antebellum Florida swampland to life vividly. The reader can almost hear, see, smell and taste all that Jody does. The title could as easily refer to the country in its coming of age as to Jody and Flag. Without straying from the boy's story, the author reminds us of the conflict brewing in the America by showing Jody's contact with death. I was surprised to re-read this unsentimental story and find myself brought to tears (again!)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2001

    Emotions 4 a deer

    This book at first seemed quite boring and gay, but i began to get hooked on it and started to enjoy the book and couldn't put it down. It was very emotional.

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