[MOBI] ✓ The Plague and I | By ☆ Betty MacDonald #2020


  • Title: The Plague and I
  • Author: Betty MacDonald
  • ISBN: 9781888173291
  • Page: 479
  • Format: Paperback

  • The Plague and I By Betty MacDonald Tuberculosis A terrifying word, as terrifying then as cancer is now It meant entering a sanatorium for treatment, leaving her family, her children And what if she did not recover Hardly the basis for comedy, one would suppose And one would be wrong Betty MacDonald always had the ability to face up to adversity and heaven knows she had enough in her life so afteTuberculosis A terrifying word, as terrifying then as cancer is now It meant entering a sanatorium for treatment, leaving her family, her children And what if she did not recover Hardly the basis for comedy, one would suppose And one would be wrong Betty MacDonald always had the ability to face up to adversity and heaven knows she had enough in her life so after the initial shock had passed, she proceeded to laugh at her illness, the other patients, the nurses, the doctors, and chiefly herself Humor was her greatest medicine, right up to the day she left the sanatorium, cured Of course she had her bad moments when despair and tragedy underlying what she saw and heard refused to be pushed into the background, but she had the grit and wit to rise above it The result is a lively, cheerful and most funny book In fact, it s a tonic.You know how sometimes friendship blossoms in the first few moments of meeting Something clicked, we say Well, that s what discovering Betty MacDonald was like for me I happened to read a couple of pages of one of her books and click knew right away that here was a vivacious writer whose friendly, funny, and fiery company I was really going to enjoy Although MacDonald s first and most popular book, The Egg and I, has remained in print since its original publication, her three other volumes have been unavailable for decades The Plague and I recounts MacDonald s experiences in a Seattle sanitarium, where the author spent almost a year 1938 39 battling tuberculosis The White Plague was no laughing matter, but MacDonald nonetheless makes a sprightly tale of her brush with something deadly Anybody Can Do Anything is a high spirited, hilarious celebration of how the warmth and loyalty and laughter of a big family brightened their weathering of The Great Depression In Onions in the Stew, MacDonald is in unbuttonedly frolicsome form as she describes how, with husband and daughters, she set to work making a life on a rough and tumble island in Puget Sound, a ferry ride from Seattle.
    Betty MacDonald
    The first book written by Betty MacDonald, The Egg and I, rocketed to the top of the national bestseller list in 1945 Translations followed in than 30 languages, along with a series of popular movies In the wake of World War II, the hilarious accounts of MacDonald s adventures as a backwoods farmer s wife in Chimacum Valley were a breath of fresh air for readers around the world On the negative side, her book spawned a perception of Washington as a land of eccentric country bumpkins like Ma and Pa Kettle.Anne Elizabeth Campbell Bard, called Betsy in childhood and later known world wide as Betty MacDonald, was born in Boulder, Colorado, to Darsie and Elsie Sydney Bard on March 26, 1908 Her father, a mining engineer, moved the family frequently before settling in Seattle Betty attended the St Nicholas School on Capitol Hill, then Lincoln High School In 1924 she graduated from Roosevelt High School.On July 9, 1927, Betty Bard married Robert E Heskett and moved with him to the farm in the tiny community of Center in the Chimacum Valley near Port Townsend that lacked both plumbing and electricity Betty later regaled family and friends with stories of her struggles during this time, eventually transforming them into the book that would make her famous.After four years, Betty left Robert Hesket, taking their two daughters, Anne and Joan, with her She returned to the family home in Seattle and worked at various jobs, keeping her sense of humor and her journal even when tuberculosis forced her to spend a year at Firland Sanatorium in what is now the city of Shoreline.On April 29, 1942, she married Donald C MacDonald 1910 1975 and moved with him and her daughters to a beach home on Vashon Island Built as a summer home, it was cold and damp and in need of improvements Anne and Joan enrolled in school while Don and Betty commuted to Seattle for work every day Betty later described her daily scramble from home to the ferry dock in book Onions In The Stew It was always seven o clock and my ferry left at seven twenty and I should have left at six fifty and now I would have to run the last quarter of a mile I wore loafers and woolen socks over my silk stockings, carried my office shoes along with my lunch, purse, current book and grocery list in a large green felt bag The county trail connecting our beach with the rest of the world begins at a cluster of mailboxes down by the dock, meanders along the steep southwest face of the island about fifty feet above the shore, and ends at our house if it was dark when I left the house and it usually was I ran the rest of the way to the ferry This boisterous early morning activity also started my blood circulating, churning, really, and by the time I got to the office I was not only bileless, I was boiling hot p 57 Their fortune changed with a call from MacDonald s sister, Mary Bard Jensen 1904 1970 At a cocktail party, Mary ran into a friend who was a publishing company scout and told him that Betty was writing a book which she was not Betty whipped up the proposal for The Egg and I to save her sister embarrassment The scout requested a full manuscript, which was rejected by one publishing house With the assistance of the New York literary agency Brandt Brandt, the book was serialized in the Atlantic Monthly and then published by J.B Lippincott She dedicated the book To my sister Mary, who has always believed that I can do anything she puts her mind to.

    The Plague and I By Betty MacDonald

    Commentaires:

    Bee Ridgway
    I found this book while trawling through a charity shop It had a beat up old green and white Penguin binding, and having a bit of a secret love for plague stories like _A Journal of the Plague Year_ I bought it for something like 10 p without even cracking it open to get a taste Turns out it is one of my favorite books of all time, all space This woman was a comic genius This is the memoir of a year she spent laid up in a Tuberculosis sanitarium outside of Seattle Washington, sometime in the 194 [...]

    Kathy
    I read Betty MacDonald s The Egg and I many years ago and still recall with delight her hilarious adventures while chicken farming on the Olympic Peninsula in the 30 s Only recently did I become aware of The Plague and I , the story of her time spent in a tuberculosis sanitarium in Seattle in the 40 s Her wry insights into the staff, her fellow patients and her own condition keep this history from the depressing tale it could have been It was also an eye opener to read in 2010 exactly how strict [...]

    Kristine Hall
    The Plague and I is the second memoir by Betty MacDonald, and listening to it really transports the reader back to the 30s, when times were simpler yet also complicated in some ways In this story, MacDonald recalls her childhood and then her tuberculosis diagnosis, and the majority of the story focuses on her treatment at a sanitarium called The Pines Readers, just like MacDonald herself, will find it amusing and ironic that in growing up, her father followed whatever health trends of the momen [...]

    V. Briceland
    Let s be honest Betty MacDonald s chronicle of a year spent in a sanatorium recuperating from tuberculosis in the days before antibiotics sounds like an unlikely candidate for a humorous memoir The Plague and I proves, however, the author s gift of weaving homestyle insight with her funny upbringing and her cock eyed view of the craziness around her MacDonald has a genuine gift of interjecting a highly personal and relatable touch into the quite literally antiseptic environment of The Pines in r [...]

    Helena
    At the age of thirty, the author was diagnosed with TB, then a common illness, whose only cure was bed rest in a dedicated sanatorium This is Betty s hilarious account of the time she spent under the strict regime and rest cure at The Pines, a san for low income patients in America s North West in the 1940s 50s.I found this book in a charity shop and just had to have it, having some dim memories of having read it over thirty years ago It did not disappoint I ve been in bed with flu for a week or [...]

    Robyn Smith
    Who could believe a place for curing a disease could be so absolutely horrific The author of The Egg and I about life on a chicken farm , the vivacious Betty MacDonald, is devastated to find she has TB when she s living with her family after divorcing her first husband She s worried about the future for her two girls and, also, how she s going to pay to go to a sanitorium.Luckily, depending on how you look at it, her brother in law ,finds a place she can go to for free because she is a mother.Th [...]

    MAP
    In this book, Betty McDonald writes about her experience with t.b and being in a sanatorium for 9 months at the time the only way they had to cure a patient, and hardly a guaranteed one.Like The Egg and I, I started out really into this book, and by the time it was over I was as ready as Betty was for her to go home However, the look into life in a sanatorium in the 1930s, when there was no known cure for tb and doctors barely even understood what it was, is certainly an interesting slice of lif [...]

    Julie Ambrose
    I first came upon Betty MacDonald when a friend gave me The Egg and I however it wasn t until I was given The Plague and I that I realised how much I loved her work, even though her work is now many decades old In The Plague and I the contrast between direness tuberculosis she s shut away in a sanitorium and deft, light writing is what makes her work so brilliant Whoever would have thought an account of tuberculosis and the cruelty of its cure could be so funny to read There s a sparkle to Betty [...]

    Suzanne
    One of my happiest used book finds ever was a copy of this great book I d read it as a teenager, and remembered it as completely, totally, laugh out loud until you cry funny, and happily, it was just as funny on re reading You would not think a book about a TB ward would be that funny, but it is Betty MacDonald writes about unusual characters in a way I don t think I ve ever seen done better, and all her time in the ward let her get to know some very unique people Her observations are amazing Ab [...]

    Viane Eichelberger
    It doesn t seem like a book of this type would be so entertaining and funny, but I laughed throughout the book Betty Macdonald, who also authored the Mrs PiggleWiggle books tells of the 8 1 2 months she spent in a sanitarium recovering from TB Her sense of humor is incredible in the face of such a serious disease It was also interesting to get a glimpse of how TB was treated in those days.

    Jenine
    I found this on our bookshelves, left by my husband s grandmother when she was alive Such a brilliant, hilarious book I never knew tuberculosis could be funny, but Betty MacDonald did it And it s one of those books full of little quotes and catch phrases that come back to you over time.

    Krisette Spangler
    The novel follows the year the author had tuberculosis She spent the year in a sanatorium and relates her adventures during her time there It was fascinating and often comical to read.

    Tracy
    This is entertaining, but I wouldn t say it s a laugh a minute like some reviews say it is Betty MacDonald recalls the 9 months she spent in a sanatorium in the late 1930s to cure her tuberculosis Fascinating to read about how doctors in that time went about curing this disease which can go beyond the lungs I didn t realize that until I read this book Some aspects of the treatment seem positively medieval, but fortunately it worked for Betty, and it is to her credit as a writer than she can reco [...]

    Valerie (He Said Books Or Me)
    We live in a much different world now This book takes us back to the times of the Great Depression and what was going on in the author s world This book however is not depressing The author shares humor about her situation.As you guys may know one of my favorite authors, Ann M Martin recently redid one of the Miss Piggle Wiggle books and I really enjoyed that The books were written by Betty McDonald, author of the first book and so many .This is another book narrated by the talented Heather Hend [...]

    Sara
    Betty MacDonald has a terrific sense of humor, especially considering the subject matter her time spent in a tuberculosis sanatorium in the late 1930s in the Pacific Northwest By humor I mean laugh out loud passages on a regular basis Unlike me in so many ways, Betty shows herself in this memoir to be outgoing, practically fearless, brash, lively, needing plenty of people around at almost all times, and incredibly funny in the face of uncertain and sometimes desperate circumstances I think we ca [...]

    Pam Lindholm-levy
    I read this book because 1 I loved The Egg and I, and 2 I worked in TB bacteriology for many years Today s treatment is so much different from MacDonald s pre antibiotic era rest cure She observes and reports serious issues in the most lighthearted way She puts us right into the scene Her characterization of other patients and the staff are perfect.Because her children, mother, and sisters did not have TB, and because the children were well cared for by the rest of the family, MacDonald could fo [...]

    Heidi
    Ever wonder what it is like to live in a TB sanatorium in the 1940 s Growing up in Liver, there was one up the road that was shuttered It always held intrigue Kids would break in and report that there is an iron lung in the basement Not sure if there was, but it always made me shudder to think of it This book makes you shudder Many times Betty MacDonald, however, describes the monotony, the odd treatments and the friendships of The Pines in Washington state to make it very worthwhile reading The [...]

    Joy
    Betty MacDonald memoir continued semi autobiographical, I guess I am really liking this one Betty went to an institution The Pines for tuberculosis in the 30 s It reminds me of The Bell Jar and or Girl Interrupted minus the electro shock therapy fascinating to see the daily happenings in these institutions that people would spend years in I can t believe people did this Kimi was my favorite roomate she always had something wise to say Started out with the library copy then I found a copy of this [...]

    Susann
    At Bed rest, the librarian took orders for books one week and the next wheeled in a cart of books and told you that yours was not among them While I would never wish tb on Betty MacDonald, I m very happy that she chose to chronicle her experiences in her sanatorium My only complaint is that the book is so appealing that I inhaled it all too fast and didn t stop to savor it Clearly I need to learn some Discipline from Granite Eyes and Gravy Face I still haven t read Anybody Can Do Anything It s n [...]

    Shelley
    Charming and hilarious memoir about the author s time in a TB sanitarium You wouldn t think that this would be a funny topic and there was a lot of serious illness and death but oh, it was absolutely delightful Betty had a knack for finding the humor in everything I m not sure how I would handle that situation enforced bedrest, no reading, no talking, grouchy people I suspect I would end up in the same place Betty and Kimi did I just hope that Kimi put her life together I would have loved to fin [...]

    Cwalsen
    In addition to being fun due to MacDonalds excellent writing, this book also is a wonderful explanation of what treatment for tuberculosis was like before the advent of effective medications Set in a sanitorium in Seattle in the 1930 s, the story fouses in part on MacDonald s roommates One of my favorite quotes From my stay at The Pines I learned that a stiff test for friendship is Would she be pleasant to have t.b with

    Lee Lacy
    Pulled this off the shelves at my in law s lakehouse and found it fascinating I found out later that I had two great aunts who actually did spend time at a tuberculosis clinic Later, I read Magic Mountain and can say with fair certainty that if I ever had the need for a tuberculosis clinic, I d rather go to one in the Alps.

    Peggy
    It s hard to imagine a book about TB being funny But Betty Bard McDonald s dead on the money descriptions of her fellow patients and staff and her keen eye for the absurdities of the sanitorium s bureaucracy were hilarious One of my favorites that I re read every year or so.

    Marilyn
    One woman s account of a year spent in a tuberculosis sanitorium Doesn t sound like a cuddle up sort of book, but the author is such an engaging writer I would use a year in bed

    Jennifer
    I am clearly obsessed with Betty MacDonald Her books are laugh out loud funny on almost every page She is underappreciated and terrifically witty I hope republication of her titles will garner new fans.

    Tamara
    The year is 1938 and than 700 sanitariums were open nationwide for the treatment of tuberculosis Matter of fact, in the first decades of the 20th century, 1 out of every 170 Americans lived in a sanatorium Just think about that for a second.1 out of every 170 souls entered into the care of a sanatorium and sadly they probably never left Tuberculosis, also known as consumption or the White Plague , has killed many people in the history of America The disease has caused much suffering from hackin [...]

    Susan
    Betty MacDonald s humorous accounts of life continue This time, she takes us through the year she spent in a tuberculosis sanitorium in Washington in 1938 She pokes fun at everyone, including herself.This was such a fun book I know, I m saying that about a woman s story of a year away from her life kids, family, work, fun, friends, etc , and I may have to spend a little time in purgatory for having laughed so much at such a serious subject Betty MacDonald does a great job of telling how truthful [...]

    Kricket
    in betty macdonald s second memoir, she has left her husband on his godforsaken chicken farm and moved, with her daughters, back in with her family she contracts TB and heads to a sanatorium for 9 months of rest cure there she meets a variety of strange, hilarious and wonderful other patients and staff i especially liked reading about her friendship with kimi author monica sone although rest cure itself isn t very lively a lot of lying down and being silent i had trouble putting this book down i [...]

    Josephine
    Coulda sworn I added this one toogo figure.The short version is a simple one MacDonald, then a single mother, was diagnosed with tuberculosis, a very serious problem in the late 30s, and had to spend about ten months in a sanatorium She did live, obviously, but that period was bleak despite her acerbic take on hospitalization.Interesting as a period piece about treatment of tuberculosis before antibiotics basically all medicine could do at this point, short of removing the lung, was try to encou [...]

    Barbara Mader
    Re read March 2012 November 2010 Yet another re read I m never quite sure if I would have really liked or trusted this woman as a friend, but she could really write, and she certainly had a zest for living something it appears all her family shared February 2009 Another re read Sigh I do re read too much I love this book, though I like all of her autobiographical books Onions in the Stew is my favorite I m pretty sure , but I find them all fascinating.Now I ll probably end up reading them all, a [...]

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