The Egg and I

Paperback | June 24, 2008

byBetty Macdonald

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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 humor.

A beloved literary treasure for more than half a century, Betty MacDonald's The Egg and I is a heartwarming and uproarious account of adventure and survival on an American frontier.

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The author relates the joys and frustrations of life on a poultry farm in the mountains of Washington

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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 b...

A longtime resident of Washington State, Betty MacDonald (1908-1958) authored four humorous, autobiographical bestsellers and several children's books, including the popular Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.65 inPublished:June 24, 2008Publisher:HarperCollins

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ISBN - 10:0060914289

ISBN - 13:9780060914288

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious Memoir of Life on a Chicken Farm Betty MacDonald lived from 1908 - 1958. On the centennial of her birth this book has been re-released and available again. A co-worker used to read this book every summer at a cottage and was so pleased to find it in print again. When he read it again, he found it just as funny. Betty starts with her family and childhood moving around the country as her dad was a mining engineer. She married when she was 18 and her husband decided he wanted to move to nowheresville on the Olympia Pennisula in Washington and run a chicken farm. Most of the book is her married life. No running water, no power, hundreds of really stupid baby chicks, this is a very hilarious novel. How she ever got time to write a book I have no idea. She worked just as hard as her husband, if not a bit more incompetently. You will laugh out loud hearing her muse about poultricide and her neighbours who have gotten begging down to a fine art. I laughed a lot reading this book. I also cringed a few times with her remarks about "Indians". You have to remember that this book is 60+ years old and political correctness did not exist. This is a small part of the book and it should not be judged with 21st Century views. I really hope you don't let that small caveat stop you from reading a true classic that you won't want to put down.
Date published: 2008-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from EGGSTRA GOOD If you can remember the days of yore, this book is clean down country and will put you in a perfectly peaceful state of mind. It will take your worries away and let you escape for just a little while. Betty McDonald had humor that was clean, innocent and absolutely gut splitting funny
Date published: 2000-07-23

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The author relates the joys and frustrations of life on a poultry farm in the mountains of Washington

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"Anyone who has ever struggled with a farm or even with a small garden will especially enjoy this breezy autobiography, But everyone will find its hilarious reminiscences of an unconventional childhood and of unique experiences in the Northwest Pacific sprightly, diverting, and excellent entertainment. The whole book crackles with the innocent deviltry of acorns hitting the roof-tops." -- "Saturday Review of Literature""For all the allegedly gloomy moments, The Egg and l is an astoundingly light-hearted book. The MacDonalds, one gathers, had both youth and gumption on their side, to say nothing of an abounding humor that bounced them over the direst crises." "-- New York Times"