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“Ivan Doig's novels celebrate a time past and a Western landscape. I attended a two room rural school in Wisconsin, the same my father and grandfather attended, and remember with sadness when it was closed and we were bussed to a newer elementary school, further from home. For that reason this...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Wonderful book!! I didn't care for the but an excellent book that was definitely worth reading.”Cara A wrote this review 9 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Book Club”Gail S wrote this review Thursday, April 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“04/13: Halfway through, now I'm getting into it. Ha!
03/13: Kindle Daily Deal. I am not digging it like I did the Bartender's Tale. This one is just too slow for me. I read a little on the Kindle, then read other things, then back again.
Amazon Book Description: “Can't cook but doesn't bite." So begins the newspaper ad offering the services of an "A-1 housekeeper, sound morals, exceptional disposition" that draws the attention of widower Oliver Milliron in the fall of 1909. That unforgettable season deposits the ever-whistling Rose Llewellyn and her font-of-knowledge brother, Morris Morgan, in Marias Coulee along with a stampede of homesteaders drawn by the promise of the Big Ditch—a gargantuan irrigation project intended to make the Montana prairie bloom. When the schoolmarm runs off with an itinerant preacher, Morris is pressed into service, setting the stage for the "several kinds of education"—none of them of the textbook variety—Morris and Rose will bring to Oliver, his three sons, and the rambunctious students in the region's one-room schoolhouse. A paean to a way of life that has long since vanished, The Whistling Season is Ivan Doig at his evocative best.”
“This is a book that feels better in my hands than listening or reading on a kindle or ipad. The period of time just seems to demand real paper. So far, this is a delightful jaunt into the past and into the lives of a widow and his sons who need a woman's touch around the home. But what is she up to?”Gigi wrote this review Sunday, January 20, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A wonderful book with vivid characters and a teacher who enlivens his students at a rural Montana one room classroom.”J L Oakley wrote this review Thursday, December 13, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is one of the best books I have read. It effortlessly takes the reader in to the time past and gives a glimpse of early 90's homesteading life in Montana. Its a simple yet a great story. As soon as you learn about a new character they come to life and I felt like I have known these people all my life.”Krishna T wrote this review Tuesday, December 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Great book. ”Erin B. wrote this review Thursday, December 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“An beautiful book about life on the frontier of America, living with loss, and learning to become something better. ”Russ M wrote this review Wednesday, October 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This quiet gem of a book is so incredibly well-written that each time you open it, you become completely immersed in the story. The story recounts an important time in the narrator's childhood, when the one-room school was integral to the lives of families living near it. When two newcomers move to this Montana settlement and become involved with the school, everyone's lives are changed. ”Meandering Missus wrote this review Friday, September 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No