The Long Winter

The Long Winter Paperback

  • Title: The Long Winter
  • Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder Garth Williams
  • ISBN: 9780590300940
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Paperback
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    The Long Winter

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    1. It was fitting that I read The Long Winter while visiting family in Minnesota It was bitterly cold, the streets were packed with snow and the wind chill was below zero As I read, I could hear the wind howling outside, and the harsh winter of 1880 81 didn t seem like that long ago.Book six in the Little House series tells how the Ingalls family survived numerous blizzards while homesteading near De Smet, South Dakota Pa first sensed that the season would be severe when he was harvesting hay and h [...]


    2. This place is a double Hell Hole, compared to Plum Creek and its crickets No amount of Pa s fiddle playing can compensate for the fact that they all almost died of hunger and cold during this winter Remind me again, what was so bad about Big Woods in book one


    3. Gah, I love the Little House books, and none than The Long Winter, the 6th in the series.Although all of Laura Ingalls books have a cozy, homey charm, The Long Winter brings with it a gritier, menacing realism of what life would actually have been like for the American pioneer Since it is a children s book, Laura keeps the threat light, but make no mistake, the threat of starvation is a serious and ever present danger to not only the Ingalls family, but all the residents of De Smet, SD in that [...]


    4. I would have died ten times over if I lived during Laura s timeThe whole family moves into town to weather the winter of 1800 1801 and it s good thing they do This was one of the harshest winters they would ever face Snow soon piles over their windows and the bitter cold ensures that they cannot leave their houses Their fuel runs out, their food consists of scraps, and Pa can no longer play the fiddle for his hands are stiff with cold.Even in her toughest year, faced with bitter cold and starvat [...]


    5. The Long Review Again, I get literal chills reading even just the beginning of this book how high and fast the geese fly, knowing instinctively the freakishly hard winter that lies ahead, how the whole country lies empty of wildlife long before usual, the muskrats asleep deep in their thick mud house.I actually think that I learned everything I know about foreshadowing from The Long Winter and probably everything I know about cold and hunger The novel s leisurely, foreboding set up the heat of t [...]


    6. Eleanor and I just finished this up last night A couple thoughts before she starts her review I saw a facebook post not too long ago in which the person was opining that they didn t live in the Little House days This was in regard to Christmas They mentioned how Laura and Mary et al received only one or two presents and were thrilled and grateful to receive them You know, that was a simpler time Several days later, I saw that they were taking a trip to Disney for Christmas And there were no shor [...]


    7. While this is not the most compelling Little House book it is a very important part of the story I cannot imagine a bettercharacter building book To live with the Ingalls through the long winter puts much of life s little frustrations in perspective When Laura says, For shame, Grace, after months and months of suffering, and little Grace utters the first and last complaint of the whole book, belies our own time and culture No, it is not compelling to be confronted with one s own weaknesses, but [...]


    8. Ok, this book officially scared the holy bejesus out of me I hate winter Absolutely abhor it My job is considered emergency personnel so regardless of weather conditions I am expected to make my appearance Laura suffered through SEVEN MONTHS of blizzards Holy Christ There was some serious deprivation happening in this small town of about 87 people Wheat bread and potatoes with tea were the rations I can currently claim multigrain bread and tons of tea as staples in my apartment, not much else I [...]



    9. This is not a series I can be subjective about it is way too much a part of my childhood And this particular book was one of my favorites It has been cold here this week, but not nearly as cold as it was in the book, and I m SO glad to have a heater and food I love this story and the all of the endurance and ingenuity shown over the Long Winter.


    10. The family is finally done with this book, listening to Cherry Jones read it as we traveled over the rive and through the woods to Grandmother s house we go and over a few meals, even, and it was not always fun, sometimes tense, but on the whole it was good, as usual This one is mostly blizzards and near starvation from the South Dakota winter Tedious, for a while, then realistically and impressively oppressive and frightening They could actually have starved They go months never eating in any g [...]



    11. Remarkable how Laura is able to write a captivating, moving novel essentially about being housebound for six months during a long, harsh winter of blizzards Perhaps remarkable, she is able to convey the drudgery, the monotony, the physical and emotional toll of those dark days without the book becoming a horror story or pity party For example, moment they realize Pa can no longer play the fiddle because his fingers are too numb and tattered from the cold is utterly heartbreaking the fiddle musi [...]


    12. Ever since I first read this series at the age of 9 or so, THIS one stuck out in my memory as a favorite It just seemed so much REAL than the others, even if, yes, they are all REAL stories The Long Winter was indeed that, with 7 months of blizzards nearly freezing and starving the Ingalls family to death As a kid, I liked it for the adventure of it all, as an adult I like it for the sense of realism they actually nearly died Starving, eating crushed up wheat, burning sticks of horse s hay to l [...]


    13. I read this first when I was young, and a few years ago started a practice of re reading it every winter, whenever I start to feel sorry for myself because it s so cold and dark Re reading it as an adult, I m impressed by how cheerful they remained in the face of tremendous adversity I love her storytelling, which is so simple on the surface, but really complex enough to entertain both children and adults I agree with one of Kim Stanley Robinson s characters in the Science in the Capitol series, [...]


    14. This story can get depressing since there is so much cold darkness and disaster and privation But man triumphs over nature, and I love how the Ingalls family support and encourage one another even in the difficult times A wonderful story, beautifully written and very compelling


    15. Wow Some free advice from Uncle Matt don t choose The Long Winter as a read along with your toddler while at the same time reading Oryx and Crake Atwood s dystopian nightmare s challenge enough Throw in a claustrophobic account of near starvation during a long, cold, blizzard laden winter and it s almost too much to bear in combination.The Long Winter s unlike any of the other books in the Little House series The sense of foreboding and doom is palpable in the early chapters Pa can t quite put h [...]


    16. Review 1 The Little House series was so popular in my school in 1975 that after I d finished Little House on the Prairie, the only book available in my school library was the sixth in the series, The Long Winter At 400 pages, it was the longest book I d ever read, and it took me months Kids in my class even commented about it It s called The Long Winter because it s long book And that was one of the neutral comments Much typical was, You re still reading that And from the teacher s pet I finis [...]


    17. The title of this installment of the Little House series sums up the theme The Long Winter When Charles notices that the muskrats have built an exceptionally sturdy home for the winter with very thick walls he points out to Laura that animals know things through the environment that we humans no longer recognize Other signs are pointing to a cold winter and when a Native American comes into one of the shops and communicates his predictions, it frightens the settlers and rightfully so Heap big sn [...]


    18. My mum used to say that this was the most boring book of the lot Perhaps that was warning enough that I never felt so I realize it s quite repetitious, but you get to follow an entire town during a difficult time, and get lots of survival tips for a situation like that It s the only book not told solely from one person s POV which I think was a good choice as there would otherwise have been far too much telling and not enough showing.Reread in January 2010 It s been insanely cold for an insanely [...]


    19. Full review Smoke Mirrors books n music 201 Unbelievable how close they all came to starving Oh, my Twisting hay for fuel and using ab itty bitty grinder to coarsely grind wheat for brown bread, which they lived on for months Crazy blizzards, one right after another This had suspense, what with Cap and Almanzo on their wheat expedition



    20. This book with its siblings is the bedrock of my reading life I haven t revisited it for a few years our 2017 Oregon winter made me eager to see, again, how the Ingalls made it through all those blizzards I started reading the print book, but the audiobook jumped into my hands when I visited the children s audiobook section in our public library At first I was put off by the reader s voice raspy and low, like the gravelly tones of a lifetime smoker But her huskiness made Pa s voice so convincing [...]


    21. The Long Winter just keeps getting better every time I read it I have no idea how many times I ve read it We aren t just lulled by the howling winds of the blizzard, but feel the dreary dullness of the monotony tied up in the weather s grip The blizzard is a character in itself, blasting and teasing, howling and laughing, sometimes even playing Laura is like the town and community on the verge of growing up She s both Ma and Pa s right hand, doing both the farm work and work in the home Wilder s [...]


    22. Wow What a story I m almost glad that I never read this when I was younger I don t think I would have appreciated the magnitude of what they had to live through And it meant so much knowing that the experiences described here were based on actual events This definitely deserves its Newbery honor, and I m VERY glad that I finally got around to reading it I never thought any of the other books in the series would come close to eclipsing my love for Little House in the Big Woods which I read over [...]


    23. Wow LIW makes you feel in this book You feel the cold, the hardness, the sameness, and the pain that she felt It s amazing I would hate to have to live through a winter like that And Pa He did so much to help the family He s a great example of what a man should be I also liked the look at schooling that we get in this and the next two books That s something that has always interested me And Almanzo and Cap Bravo You did what needed to be done That part makes me so happy And then when Pa comes in [...]


    24. I have a hard time believing that this is only the second time I have been through this book I listened to my husband read it aloud to my middle boys this time and remembered why it is my other favorite in this series, along with Farmerboy.


    25. One of my favorite books in the series It takes place after the family moves to DeSmet, SD Every few years when the weather starts turning cold I have an urge to read it It takes place during the winter of 1880 1881 when there were constant blizzards on the prairies.




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