Book Review ~ Laura
I am reading a book that I read about (and later bought) on the blog called Laura's Little Houses. I bought the book from BuyAustralian.
The book reads like a family history book. I helped do a little bit of work on a family history, so the style is much like my distant cousin and our book Dear Clark (by Jean Clark) at least in a small part.
I found it interesting that Mr. Zochert seemed worried about explaining disrepancies in people's ages or birth dates. From my experience with family trees, there can be disrepancies of up to two years. Also I have found on reading another family tree by George Diffey and in perhaps other places there were mispellings of names also, particularly on shipping records for Australian pioneering families.
The impression I have, and I have read just past when the Ingalls family left Wisconsin for the second time, is that it has modern parallels.
The Little House books are so much a statement in Simplicity. It seems people could choose that lifestyle even in the time of the books, Laura being born about the same time as two of my great grandparents in the 1860s. As the family left The Big Woods over the lake, Lake Pepin; which seems to isolated and perfect, we find that the town on the other side of the lake was like a resort. Also there was much danger even around Lake Pepin and some people didn't have such a happy life as the Ingalls.
The simplicity relates to downsizing, getting rid of debt. Even Independence, Kansas was an amazing place when they left just before this part of the story that I am up to now. The shops there had far more things in it that any store I have heard of in novels before. Things that modern people like to buy.
I was surprised that the author didn't write about Ma's time in Milwaukee before she was married.
Because of the style of writing and the print size, the little paperback is hard work.
I can appreciate how many hours work the author put into reading original material it seems to write this book. I suggest reading Maria Wilkes as well.
I was reading near the end of the book last night. Pa died when Laura was fairly young in adult terms, this would explain why she felt she had to write the books because of her love for Pa.
I will have to find out the rules for book reviews if there are any so I can do some more if I feel I want to sometime.
There is a great new book here.