The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig

The Whistling Season

By Ivan Doig

  • Release Date: 2007-05-07
  • Category: Literary
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 128 Ratings)

Brief Description

Can't cook but doesn't bite." So begins the newspaper ad offering the services of an "A-1 housekeeper, sound morals, exceptional disposition" that draws the hungry attention of widower Oliver Milliron in the fall of 1909. And so begins the unforgettable season that deposits the noncooking, nonbiting, ever-whistling Rose Llewellyn and her font-of-knowledge brother, Morris Morgan, in Marias Coulee along with a stampede of homesteaders drawn by the promise of the Big Ditch-a gargantuan irrigation project intended to make the Montana prairie bloom. When the schoolmarm runs off with an itinerant preacher, Morris is pressed into service, setting the stage for the "several kinds of education"-none of them of the textbook variety-Morris and Rose will bring to Oliver, his three sons, and the rambunctious students in the region's one-room schoolhouse. A paean to a vanished way of life and the eccentric individuals and idiosyncratic institutions that made it fertile, The Whistling Season is Ivan Doig at his evocative best.

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Customer reviews

  • The Whistling Season

    By JoAnn JAMESON
    Despite the many, many typographical misspellings in this print, the book was very enjoyable. However, the typos were very distracting, sometimes enough to distract from the flow of the reading. I often had to stop and think about the words that were meant to be there as opposed to the typos that were misprints. if these misprints are corrected, the book would be delightful indeed. I would rate this a 5, if not for these mistakes.
  • The whistling season

    By Mlsreality
    This lovely book is seriously marred by the lack of editing (at least in the iBook version). A spell checker would fix most of the problems. This is unforgivable.
  • The whistling season

    By Karen Leshner
    Terrific book with vivid Montana scenery and intriguing character. However, my enjoyment of the book was seriously impacted by the numerous typos ... Can something be done to improve the digitizing process?