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The Whistling Season
The Whistling Season
Author: Ivan Doig
"Can’t cook but doesn’t bite." So begins the ad offering the services of an "A-1 housekeeper" that draws the attention of widower Oliver Milliron in the fall of 1909. And so also begins the unforgettable season that deposits the noncooking, nonbiting, ever-whistling Rose Llewellyn and her font-of-knowledge brother, Morris Morgan, in ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780156031646
ISBN-10: 0156031647
Publication Date: 5/7/2007
Pages: 352
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 112 ratings
Publisher: Harvest Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed The Whistling Season on + 173 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 10
I was swept up from the first page, as eager as the boys in the story to meet their new housekeeper that "doesn't bite"....and I fell in love with Rose and her brother just as quickly as the family does in a story that will surprise you with the twists it takes. A new look at the definitions of family and loyalty set quite believably at the dawn of the century in rural Montana.
reviewed The Whistling Season on + 7 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 6
A coming of age novel on the Montana plains at the beginning of the 20th century and the role of the one room school house in the community. His characters, dialog, language and plot are enchanting. I can't wait to read more of his books.
cloverluv avatar reviewed The Whistling Season on + 129 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Paul Milliron is a seemingly insignificant child. Living with his father and 2 younger brothers on the plains of Montana in 1909, the motherless family knows hardship and good times in equal measure.

When Pauls father takes it upon himself to hire a housekeep from Minneapolis, Paul and his younger brothers are in for the treat of their life when Rose Llewellyn and her brother Morrie Morgan show up on their front steps.

Gradually the relationship between Mr. Milliron and Rose grows to be something more and the boys begin to see her and Morrie as irreplaceable parts of their lives. Morrie and Rose are harboring a secret however, one that could either break, or make the family.

I had mixed reactions to The Whistling Season. Overall I liked it. The writing is superb and descriptive and the characters are people I can relate to and want to know more about. On the flip side, there really was no solid plotline. Yes, there was a growing relationship between the characters and minor happenings that will happen in 1909 Montana, but besides that it was like an ongoing episode of The Waltons.

Thats really all I have to say about it. It was good, I liked it. Would I read a sequel? meh. Maybe, if I couldnt find anything more interesting to pick up.

I give The Whistling Season 4 stars for the quality of writing and the characters, 3 for the overall plotline. Overall it was unremarkable through a haze of slightly peaked interest.
SherryKaraoke avatar reviewed The Whistling Season on + 36 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
Wonderfully evocative ode to the one-room schoolhouses of early twentieth-century Montana. I fell in love with the Milliron family, dry-land farmers trying to make it after the death of their mother and the always whistling Rose Llewellyn who rescues them from the squalor of their all-male farmhouse and her brother Morris, who rescues their minds from the limitations of their country school.
KaysCMAlbums avatar reviewed The Whistling Season on + 97 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Extremely well written; funny and entertaining. "The West's preeminent literary novelist...Doig's characters, new and old, are unforgettable...they are becoming a part of the American mindscape." Doig pulls you into this book with writing magic.
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reviewed The Whistling Season on + 71 more book reviews
I love this author and his stories of the west.
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Have you ever wanted to read a 13-year-old schoolboy's diary? Me neither, which is why I didn't find this book enjoyable at all. It's pretty much a record of farm chores, schoolyard fights, and homework. The two characters that are supposed to add interest to the story - Rose and Morrie - are dead weight for most of the book, and then turn into morally bankrupt con-artists in the last twenty or so pages, roping the children in with them. It was an absolute mess.

I have no idea why the narrator kept mentioning his current job sporadically throughout the book. It made no sense and was never tied up. Another reviewer mentioned this book reading like a Botched Version of Laura Ingalls Wilder's books and that's a very good comparison.

Also, it seems like the author wrote this just so he could show off as much of his knowledge as possible, quoting famous literature or mentioning Copernicus and Kepler at every turn. It really got old after a while. And if I ever have to read about spit shaking again, I just might start tearing my hair out.

What's funny about all this is Doig is not a bad writer. His prose is descriptive and he's often delightfully witty. The writing isn't the problem - the content is.
Readnmachine avatar reviewed The Whistling Season on + 1448 more book reviews
When the widowed father of three boys decides to import a housekeeper to their Montana homestead, it brings big changes, but not quite in the way anyone expected. This coming-of-age tale rings true in every line.
reviewed The Whistling Season on + 628 more book reviews
Wow, I loved this book by Ivan Doig. I have read several of his and I think this is my favorite , so far. The one room schoolhouse, the housekeeper who doesn't bite and her brother are fascinating characters. And of course there is a terrible villain. Beautifully written and told, and won't be forgotten soon. And I learned some Latin, and a lot about Halley's Comet and astronomy.Highly recommend!

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