The Egg and I

The Egg and I[Read] ➭ The Egg and I ➵ Betty MacDonald – Heartforum.co.uk 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 wate 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 pitfall through chaos and catastrophe this indomitable family somehow, mercifully, never lost its sense of humorAn immortal, The Egg Kindle - hilarious and heartwarming classic about working a chicken farm in the Northwest, a part of which first appeared in a condensed serialization in the Atlantic monthly.

MacDonald was born Anne Elizabeth Campbell Bard in Boulder, Colorado Her official birth date is given as March , , although federal census returns seem to indicate Her family moved to the north slope of Seattle s Capitol Hill neighborhood in , moving to the Laurelhurst neighborhood a year later and finally settling in the Roosevelt neighborhood in , where she graduated from Roosevelt High School in MacDonald married Robert Eugene Heskett at age in July they lived on a chicken farm in the Olympic Peninsula s Chimacum Valley, near Center and The Egg Kindle - a few miles south of Port Townsend She left Heskett in and returned to Seattle, where she worked at a variety of jobs to support their daughters Anne and Joan after the divorce the ex spouses had virtually no contact She spent nine months at Firland Sanatorium near Seattle in for treatment of tuberculosis On April , she married Donald C MacDonald and moved to Vashon Island, where she wrote most of her books The MacDonalds moved to California s Carmel Valley in MacDonald rose to fame when her first book, The Egg and I, was published in It was a bestseller and was translated into languages Based on her life on the Chimacum Valley chicken farm, the books introduced the characters Ma and Pa Kettle, who also were featured in the movie version of The Egg and I The characters become so popular a series of ninefilms were made featuring them In the film of The Egg and I, made in , MacDonald was played by Claudette Colbert Her husband simply called Bob in the book was called Bob MacDonald in the film, as studio executives were keen not to raise the matter of MacDonald s divorce in the public consciousness He was played by Fred MacMurray Although the book was a critical and popular success at publication, in the s it was criticized for its stereotypical treatment of Native Americans It had also been claimed that it spawned a perception of Washington as a land of eccentric country bumpkins like Ma and Pa Kettle MacDonald s defenders point out that in the context of the s such stereotyping was faracceptable MacDonald faced two lawsuits by members of a family who claimed she had based the Kettles on them, and by a man who claimed he was the model for the Indian character Crowbar One lawsuit was settled out of court, while the second went to trial in February The plaintiffs did not prevail, although the judge indicated he felt they had shown that some of the claims of defamation had meritMacDonald also published three other semi autobiographical books Anybody Can Do Anything, recounting her life in the Depression trying to find work The Plague and I, describing her nine month stay at the Firlands tuberculosis sanitarium and Onions in the Stew, about her life on Vashon Island with her second husband and daughters during the war years She also wrote the Mrs Piggle Wiggle series of children s books and another children s book, entitled Nancy and Plum A posthumous collection of her writings, entitled Who Me , was later released citation needed MacDonald died in Seattle of uterine cancer on February , .

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  • 288 pages
  • The Egg and I
  • Betty MacDonald
  • English
  • 12 January 2019
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  1. Margitte says:

    This is one of the most funniest and fascinating memoirs I have ever read I want to add some quotes later on This book is a must read.THEN LATER ON We had a power cut yesterday and since my iPad was low on battery power as well, I did not want to spend it writing reviews So I waited until today to add some memorable quotes from the book to my thoughts There was so much in the book to relate to, living in the mountains myself and having to deal with similar adventures yes, even many d This is one of the most funniest and fascinating memoirs I have ever read I want to add some quotes later on This book is a must read.THEN LATER ON We had a power cut yesterday and since my iPad was low on battery power as well, I did not want to spend it writing reviews So I waited until today to add some memorable quotes from the book to my thoughts There was so much in the book to relate to, living in the mountains myself and having to deal with similar adventures yes, even many decades after this book was published , that I just had the laughs of my life reading this book.Her outright honesty, just being herself, was really so refreshing Sooooo, some quotes lots o em view spoiler I was too fat and I wanted desperately not to eat and be willowy and romantic but there seemed nothing else to do Bob ate almost nothing and looked furtive like a trapped animal I guess it is quite a wrench for a bachelor to give up his freedom, particularly when, every time he looks at his wife, he realizes that he is facing a future teeming with large grocery billsThe moonshine in a gallon jug was a dark amber color and had a hot explosive smell We had a drink before dinner that night and it went down with lights flashing like marbles in a pinball game And then winter settled down and I realized that defeat, like morale, is a lot of little thingsWHEN you make a complete change in your mode of living, as I did, you learn that, along with the strange aspects of the new life which seep in and become part of you, will come others to which you never become accustomed Some of the things I never got used to were The hen The gasoline lantern.The outhouse at night where I had a horrible choice of either sitting in the dark and not knowing what was crawling on me or bringing a lantern and attracting moths, mosquitoes, night hawks and bats No radio No telephone.Bats hanging upside down in the cellar, flying in the open bedroom windows on summer nights, swooping low over the bed, almost touching my face and making my skin undulate in horror Dropping boards and chicken lice.The inconsistency of a Mother Nature who made winter so wetly, coldly, soggily miserable that I wanted to get back under my stone, and spring so warm, so lush and fragrant that I wanted to roll on my back and whinny Cinnamon roles were so tender and delicate I had to bring myself up with a jerk to keep from eating a dozen The coffee was so strong it snarled as it lurched out of the pot and I girded up my loins for the first swallow and was amazed to find that when mixed with plenty of thick cream it was palatable True it bore only the faintest resemblance to coffee as I made it but still it had a flavor that was good when I got my throat muscles loosened up againMary MacGregor had fiery red, dyed hair, a large dairy ranch and a taste for liquor Drunker than an owl, she would climb on to her mowing machine, Tie me on tight, Bill she would yell at her hired man So Bill would tie her on with clothes lines, baling wire and straps, give her the reins and away she d go, singing at the top of her voice, cutting her oats in semi circles and happy as a clam She plowed, disked, harrowed, planted, cultivated and mowed, tied to the seat of the machine and hilariously drunk A smashing witticism of the farmers was, You should take a run down the valley and watch Mary sowin her wild oats Mary sold cream to the cheese factory One morning she found a skunk drowned in a ten gallon can of cream She lifted the skunk out by the tail and with her other hand she carefully squeezed the cream from his fur Just between us skunks, cream is cream, she said as she threw the carcass into the barnyard She sold the cream and vowed she d never tell a soul but Bill the hired man told everyone, especially people he saw coming out of the cheese factory with a five pound round of cheeseThe good layers looked motherly, their combs were full and bright red, their eyes large, beaks broad and short, and their bodies were well rounded, broad hipped and built close to the ground They were also the diligent scratchers and eaters and their voices seemed a little lower with overtones of lullaby The non producers, the childless parasites, were just as typical Their combs were small and pale, eyes small, beaks sharp and pointed, legs long, hips narrow, and they spent all of their time gossiping, starting fights, and going into screaming hysterics over nothing The non producers also seemed subject to many forms of female trouble enlarged liver, wire worms, and blowouts prolapse of the oviduct What a bitter thing for them that, unlike their human counterparts, their only operation was one performed with an axe on the neck I got out iodine, bandages, sleeping tablets and my self control, because, though Bob was being brave and careless in front of Elwin, alone with me, he would act as if the bear had laid open both his lungs and his large intestine, and would spend many happy hours looking for the first signs of blood poisoning It occurred to me then, that no mention had been made of our dog s part in the fray hide spoiler I think this book will be one of my all time favorites I ve learnt early in my own expeditions into the wild that a healthy sense of humor was the only thing that will keep me sane and happy Instead of being mad, frustrated, depressed, I wrote down my experiences for friends and family in long letters that had everyone hollering with laughter They phoned me with tears of merriment in their voices It was my way of healing and balancing out life So in every sense of the word, I identified with Beth and knew what she was trying to accomplish I felt like her

  2. Hannah says:

    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 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 often find in older books I m one of the last people to jump on the PC patrol wagon for a book written prior to the 1960 s, but even I could hardly stomach some of MacDonald s catty remarks about people who between the lines I read were uneducated but overall warm hearted and willing to try and be friends and friendly with the MacDonald s in the way that came easiest to them And don t even get me started on her opinions of the Native Americans let me just say that they made Ma Ingall s of Little House fame look like a charter member of the ACLU Really having a hard time seeing this as an American classic in humor, but there it is I ll leave it up to others to enjoy or despise this on their own

  3. Lynn says:

    I have read Betty MacDonald s The Egg and I at least three times The firsttime I was about twelve, the second, maybe twenty oneand the last time in the virtual dotage of sixty two.My ten year old self took this as a fabulous adventurestory and I wanted nothingthan to meet Gams andthe hyperactive grandma and eat a geoduck clam withthe MacDonalds.At twenty one, I laughed my head off Being of an impracticalnature myself, I got anxious and then giggling at whatI took to be a hippies in the w I have read Betty MacDonald s The Egg and I at least three times The firsttime I was about twelve, the second, maybe twenty oneand the last time in the virtual dotage of sixty two.My ten year old self took this as a fabulous adventurestory and I wanted nothingthan to meet Gams andthe hyperactive grandma and eat a geoduck clam withthe MacDonalds.At twenty one, I laughed my head off Being of an impracticalnature myself, I got anxious and then giggling at whatI took to be a hippies in the woods story.Last month, I nodded my head a lot as I read through mymother s copy that was passed on through a few inheritances.MacDonald looks to me now like an a woman who was sharpbefore her time a person who whose sense of adventureand sense of humor allowed her to transcend the limitedchoices she was offered in the 1950 s and turn the egg shewas offered into a puffy, generous and thoroughly nutrisiousomellette Lynn Hoffman, author of The New Short Course in Wine and a novelabout another original woman bang BANG

  4. Christine says:

    Oh, this book.I would give 90% of it 5 stars, but the other 10% gets negative stars So whatever that evens out to is anyone s guessThe author is so talented and her prose so sprightly in parts and poetic in others that there can be no doubt as to the quality of the writing Much if not most of it is fantastic.My biggest problem with this book is the author s deeply ingrained snobbery and worse, racism She s dismissive of all her neighbors, drawing blood with her pen as she eviscerates their Oh, this book.I would give 90% of it 5 stars, but the other 10% gets negative stars So whatever that evens out to is anyone s guessThe author is so talented and her prose so sprightly in parts and poetic in others that there can be no doubt as to the quality of the writing Much if not most of it is fantastic.My biggest problem with this book is the author s deeply ingrained snobbery and worse, racism She s dismissive of all her neighbors, drawing blood with her pen as she eviscerates their housekeeping skills, personal appearance and lack of education She s unbearable when discussing the Native American population of the rural Washington community she moves to, writing such hateful things that even when you take into account the times in which she grew up, there can be no mitigation of her small mindedness, which is ironic, given her near manic attempts to sprinkle her prose with French phrases, literary name checks and other nuggets of erudition.Another irony the one area of her life that falls outside the reach of her sharp pen is the power structure of her marriage Her husband, often described as devastatingly handsome comes across a petty tyrant not to mention borderline child molester, given that when they met and fell in love, she was 17 and he 30.Fantastic peek into the rural Pacific Northwest of the mid early 1900 s, check Cringeworthy manifestation of the ugliest parts of the WASP psyche, check One to read again and again No And I can see why this book seems to be out of print Perhaps one of MacDonald s heirs would undertake excising the racism from the book and re publishing Then, perhaps, I would make room for it on my permanent bookshelf As it is, back to the library it goes

  5. Steve says:

    As far as I m concerned, this is the best book ever written By anybody And, go figure, it s non fiction, a rarity for me anyway MacDonald, as a bride in the 1920s, fell prey to her new husband s long cherished dream of owning a chicken ranch, so off they went to the wilderness of Washington to raise chickens in a remote mountain location, where the nearest neighbors were a two mile walk away Frankly, living in the wilderness without electricity or indoor plumbing she carried water from a sp As far as I m concerned, this is the best book ever written By anybody And, go figure, it s non fiction, a rarity for me anyway MacDonald, as a bride in the 1920s, fell prey to her new husband s long cherished dream of owning a chicken ranch, so off they went to the wilderness of Washington to raise chickens in a remote mountain location, where the nearest neighbors were a two mile walk away Frankly, living in the wilderness without electricity or indoor plumbing she carried water from a spring not far from their property would be about my idea of hell, even without the chickens, but the author manages to make it all hilarious, touching, and deeply evocative of the seasons, the environment, the neighbors and the era It s a good, rich read that ll have just about anyone laughing out loud, and I couldn t begin to tell you how many times I ve read it, or how many copies I ve given away over the years Other reviewers have commented on MacDonald s racist views, but I don t think that s altogether fair She didn t much care for most of the Native Americans that lived around her in Washington, and compared them unfavorably with the Blackfoot tribes she d known in Montana, of whom she did think highly, so it can t truly be called racism One must also remember that this was written decades before anyone had even heard of political correctness At the time, Native Americans were invariably depicted in literature and film as bloodthirsty savages or as dimwitted sidekicks of Caucasian cowboys, so MacDonald s depictions of them as ordinary individuals, as subject to criticism and personal opinion as anyone else, was actually rather ahead of her time

  6. Diane Barnes says:

    A bit old fashioned, humorous in parts, and I totally understand why it was a best seller in 1945 It s been on my list for years and years, and I finally got around to it I ll hunt up the old movie, with Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert as the MacDonalds, and also the first appearance of Pa and Ma Kettle.

  7. Linda says:

    There are books that stay with you all your life My mother read this to my sisters and brother and I when we were sick with the flu in England in the early 50 s I believe I have read this book about 30 times Betty Macdonald s early biography, she wasn t someone really famous, but she had a way with words the book is no where near as shallow and trivial as the movie of the same name with Claudette Colbert as a ridiculous woman dressed up at a county fair Her description of how she ended up There are books that stay with you all your life My mother read this to my sisters and brother and I when we were sick with the flu in England in the early 50 s I believe I have read this book about 30 times Betty Macdonald s early biography, she wasn t someone really famous, but she had a way with words the book is no where near as shallow and trivial as the movie of the same name with Claudette Colbert as a ridiculous woman dressed up at a county fair Her description of how she ended up on a remote egg farm in Puget Sound, Washington area is priceless Her childhood with a father who was a mining engineer and traveled a lot with a large family is definitely not the normal nostalgia Her mother came from main line, and loved throwing it away to follow her husband to the remote ends of the US in turn of the 20th century Her family was large and noisy, her paternal grandmother Gammy waged a constant battle with normality, all of it described in language that just makes you laugh out loud Her marriage to an insurance man with a yen to be a chicken farmer is just another set of experiences that just leave you gasping for air as you snigger along with her.Ms MacDonald s book is the genesis of Ma and Pa Kettle no where near as cartoonish as they came out in the movies, but evenlayers to them and their lives Of course most of the layers are covered in grime and chicken manure but you should read about the real characters I love this book

  8. Carol says:

    I haven t thoroughly enjoyed and laughed outloud with a really good book in a very long time This book The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald has brought some fun and joy into my life Betty MacDonald is Ma Pa Kettles neighbor, and the story has to do with them moving to Washington State and they have a Chicken Ranch with many other animals and crops She is so gifted in her way of telling her story I don t want to be a spoiler, as this is a Book Club read, and we have some fun ladies that are a I haven t thoroughly enjoyed and laughed outloud with a really good book in a very long time This book The Egg and I by Betty MacDonald has brought some fun and joy into my life Betty MacDonald is Ma Pa Kettles neighbor, and the story has to do with them moving to Washington State and they have a Chicken Ranch with many other animals and crops She is so gifted in her way of telling her story I don t want to be a spoiler, as this is a Book Club read, and we have some fun ladies that are a lot of fun and I don t want to ruin it After we have met, I will add some extra tMacDonald was born Anne Elizabeth Campbell Bard in Boulder, Colorado Her official birth date is given as March 26, 1908, although federal census returns seem to indicate 1907.Her family moved to the north slope of Seattle s Capitol Hill neighborhood in 1918, moving to the Laurelhurst neighborhood a year later and finally settling in the Roosevelt neighborhood in 1922, where she graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1924.MacDonald married Robert Eugene Heskett 1895 1951 at age 20 in July 1927 5 they lived on a chicken farm in the Olympic Peninsula s Chimacum Valley, near Center and a few miles south of Port Townsend She left Heskett in 1931 and returned to Seattle, where she worked at a variety of jobs to support their daughters Anne and Joan after the divorce the ex spouses had virtually no contact She spent nine months at Firland Sanatorium near Seattle in 1937 1938 for treatment of tuberculosis On April 24, 1942 she married Donald C MacDonald 1910 1975 and moved to Vashon Island, where she wrote most of her books The MacDonalds moved to California s Carmel Valley in 1956.MacDonald rose to fame when her first book, The Egg and I, was published in 1945 It was a bestseller and was translated into 20 languages Based on her life on the Chimacum Valley chicken farm, the books introduced the characters Ma and Pa Kettle, who also were featured in the movie version of The Egg and I The characters become so popular a series of ninefilms were made featuring them In the film of The Egg and I, made in 1947, MacDonald was played by Claudette Colbert Her husband simply called Bob in the book was called Bob MacDonald in the film, as studio executives were keen not to raise the matter of MacDonald s divorce in the public consciousness He was played by Fred MacMurray.Although the book was a critical and popular success at publication, in the 1970s it was criticized by whom for its stereotypical treatment of Native Americans It had also been claimed that it spawned a perception of Washington as a land of eccentric country bumpkins like Ma and Pa Kettle 6 MacDonald s defenders point out that in the context of the 1940s such stereotyping was faracceptable MacDonald faced two lawsuits by members of a family who claimed she had based the Kettles on them, and by a man who claimed he was the model for the Indian character Crowbar One lawsuit was settled out of court, while the second went to trial in February 1951 The plaintiffs did not prevail, although the judge indicated he felt they had shown that some of the claims of defamation had merit 7 MacDonald also published three other semi autobiographical books Anybody Can Do Anything, recounting her life in the Depression trying to find work The Plague and I, describing her nine month stay at the Firlands tuberculosis sanitarium and Onions in the Stew, about her life on Vashon Island with her second husband and daughters during the war years She also wrote the Mrs Piggle Wiggle series of children s books and another children s book, entitled Nancy and Plum A posthumous collection of her writings, entitled Who Me , was later released thoughts that are on my mind It really is cute Highly Recommend.MacDonald begins her book with a summary description of her childhood and family Her father was an engineer, and moved frequently with his family throughout the West Her mother s theory that a wife must support her husband in his career comes into play when the author marries a friend of her brother Bob who soon admits that his dream is to leave his current office job and start a chicken ranch Knowing nothing about ranching, but eager to support her husband, the author encourages the dream but is unprepared for the primitive conditions that exist on the ranch he purchases.From this set up the book turns to anecdotal stories that rely upon the proverbial fish out of water tales that pit MacDonald against her situation and her surroundings, such as the struggle to keep up with the need for water, which needs to be hand carried from a pond to the house until a tank is installed, or keeping a fire going in Stove , or the constant care that chicks need At one point a guest expresses envy of MacDonald and her husband, as she thinks they live a life full of fresh air and beautiful scenery, which is then followed by MacDonald pointing out that while the guest had lounged in bed that morning, she and her husband had been up before sunrise working for several hours, and then again the couple had stayed up long into the night after the guest had gone to bed Highly Recommend and enjoy very much

  9. Tig says:

    I should have adored this I have loved all of Betty Macdonald s other books and I ve been saving this one up as a treat But it just didn t do it for me There seemed muchmean spiritness than in her other books Of course her spikey, pointed observations are what make her writing so delightful, but barbed humour only works well when one delights in the shafts because they re aimed at a shared and justified target And here I found myself completely out of harmony with her There s the ob I should have adored this I have loved all of Betty Macdonald s other books and I ve been saving this one up as a treat But it just didn t do it for me There seemed muchmean spiritness than in her other books Of course her spikey, pointed observations are what make her writing so delightful, but barbed humour only works well when one delights in the shafts because they re aimed at a shared and justified target And here I found myself completely out of harmony with her There s the obvious atrocious racism I ll pass over that because it s been said many times before that it s a serious flaw, possibly an unforgiveable flaw in the book though I found interesting the idea that what she was really objecting to was the sexism What I disliked as much as the racism, though, was the harping on about the filthiness and unappealing qualities of almost every local person she encountered This woman has serious dirt issues, in that the whole subject terrifies her and that means we part company I have an active dislike of obsessing over cleanliness and think a tidy house is often the sign of a bored mind If someone has the courtesy to bring me a whole side of perfectly cooked smoked salmon, and cuts me a slice, the last thing I m going to be writing about is how the sight of his hands revolted me I will be enthusing about the qualities of sharing and community BM can t stop mentioning everyone s filthy appearance, grubby, messy yards and unattractive children She meets a woman on the shore who says it was such a nice day, she had to leave the housework and bring her children out to clam dig Instead of being pleased to find a kindred spirit, BM immediately sets in to comment on the woman s dusty braids, holey trousers, filthy children who are all drooling idiots really offensive I just found it so unpleasant this is a farming community for heaven s sake of course people have dirty clothes I suppose in the end all I m saying is her schtick isn t mine and I found the book sneery I also get irritated by people who don t raise objections or negotiate with their partners when things seem unfair but then do that passive aggressive thing of letting everyone around know what a tough time they re having I don t blame her for moaning about the farming anyone would but she makes sure we know every time her husband fails her in some way or forces her to do something she doesn t want Either support him or ship out, I d say and I gather she shipped out, which seemed a very good idea to me I wonder if part of the success of this book is that it taps into the American pioneer dream in a way that brings it closer for your average city type ie sassy, snappy city girl used to all mod cons takes on Ma Ingalls role and gives us her sharp eyed take on it It clearly is a long time favourite of many readers Well, I m not American, I don t obsess over hygiene and I live in a rural community where acceptance and warmth is an important part of getting along, and clearly none of those things helped I wonder if I like the Plague and I so much because, being set in the sterile conditions of a hospital, it was not possible for BM to get bitchy over dirt But I also think in that, and in Onions in the Stew she finds a happier balance of enjoying the eccentric types around her and finding common ground with some, while also mercilessly skewering pretension and meanness Here, too many of her targets seemed deserving of a littleunderstanding I did like the mountains, I must say, and the descriptions of the food but oh, how she rubbed in it that SHE was a gourmet and everyone else ate atrociously

  10. Jessica says:

    It took me a few pages to get into this book, but once I did I couldn t stop It s semi autobiographical and written in stream of consciousness, as Betty tells you the story of her childhood and how she ended up married to a man who dreamed of being a chicken farmer She thought she was marrying someone whose passion was insurance sales She was wrong Betty is hilarious and clever with an extremely dry wit as well as a keen curiosity Everything about her adventures in chicken farming fascina It took me a few pages to get into this book, but once I did I couldn t stop It s semi autobiographical and written in stream of consciousness, as Betty tells you the story of her childhood and how she ended up married to a man who dreamed of being a chicken farmer She thought she was marrying someone whose passion was insurance sales She was wrong Betty is hilarious and clever with an extremely dry wit as well as a keen curiosity Everything about her adventures in chicken farming fascinates her, and then becomes yet another burden she must bear with tart humor Four am wake up calls, bears, strange neighbors, bleak weather, the endless farm and housework, and the general horribleness of chickens are all narrated in her rapid fire style As she points out, and then is seconded by her brother in law who quickly becomes her favorite family member , the problem with chickens is that you feed them and care for them and they don t even acknowledge you Even cats showaffection But Betty s husband, Bob, is completely enad of every part of chicken ranching, from the early hours to the back breaking labor to the drunken neighbors letting their cows loose on the countryside So Betty is the straight man in their marriage, and in the book, the only one seeing the strangeness and humor in it all.I grew up as the hugest fan of the Mrs Piggle Wiggle books, which were also written by MacDonald, and as a teen I saw the movie, The Egg I which is a gem , but didn t realize until a couple of years ago that a it was originally a book, and b it was the Mrs Piggle Wiggle lady s story What a delight to finally read this book, and find it to be just as fabulous as her children s books PS My edition doesn t seem to be here on Goodreads It s the 100th anniversary of Betty MacDonald s birth edition, with a photograph of an enormous egg on the cover I really loved it, because it has a forward by her two daughters about the sudden, shocking fame their family encountered, and was very charmingly written, in the exact same style as the book

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