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*Read Epub Ø The Egg and I ô 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, 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 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 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 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 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