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Yonnondio follows the heartbreaking path of the Holbrook family in the late s and the Great Depression as they move from the coal mines of Wyoming to a tenant farm in western Nebraska, ending up finally on the kill floors of the slaughterhouses and in the wretched neighborhoods of the poor in Omaha, Nebraska Mazie, the oldest daughter in the growing family of Jim and Anna Holbrook, tells the story of the family s desire for a better life Anna s dream that her children be educated and Jim s wish for a life lived out in the open, away from the darkness and danger of the mines At every turn in their journey, however, their dreams are frustrated, and the family is jeopardized by cruel and indifferent systems


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  1. Howard Howard says:

    Tillie Lerner Olsen 1912 2007 was born in Wahoo, Nebraska, but grew up in Omaha Her parents were Russian Jewish immigrants who had been forced to flee from their country Over the years she worked at numerous odd jobs, but was also a union organizer and political activist who advocated for the rights of women, children, racial minorities, and the working poor On at least two occasions she was arrested and jailed as a result of her union activities.As a mother of four daughters and as a resul Tillie Lerner Olsen 1912 2007 was born in Wahoo, Nebraska, but grew up in Omaha Her parents were Russian Jewish immigrants who had been forced to flee from their country Over the years she worked at numerous odd jobs, but was also a union organizer and political activist who advocated for the rights of women, children, racial minorities, and the working poor On at least two occasions she was arrested and jailed as a result of her union activities.As a mother of four daughters and as a result of her activism, her list of published works is a short one But what she did publish essays, short stories, one novella, and an unfinished novel brought her notice, particularly in the academic world.She received nine honorary doctorates and grants from the Ford and Guggenheim foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities All of this even though she had dropped out of high school at age fifteen.In 1932, when she was nineteen, she began a novel about a poverty stricken family attempting to survive first in the coal mining fields of Wyoming, then a year of tenant farming in South Dakota, before settling in Omaha, where the father first worked in the sewers and later in a meatpacking plant.Because she gave birth to her first daughter at that time and continued her activism, combined with the birth of threedaughters, she never finished the novel Years later, her husband Jack Olsen, found the manuscript of the incomplete novel, and it was published as an unfinished novel in 1974, under the title Yonnondio From the Thirties.Olsen s original intent was to write a Depression era novel, but she never got that far in the story before she set it aside Thus, the subtitle causes some confusion, because although the novel reads like a Great Depression story, it is set entirely in the 20s The subtitle does not refer to the time of the story, but the time in which Olsen had written the story No picture, poem, statement, passing them to the future Yonnondio Yonnondio unlimn d they disappear To day gives place, and fades the cities, farms, factories fade A muffled sonorous sound, a wailing word is borne through the air for a moment,Then blank and gone and still, and utterly lost from Walt Whitman s Yonnondio Yonnondio is the story of the Holbrooks, a poor working class family in the 1920s It is only during the year on the tenant farm in South Dakota that the family experienced a shred of happiness or any optimistic hope that their future was brighter than their past But even there, it was a false hope They had been warned by a neighbor when they first moved onto the farm I tell you, you can t make a go of it Tenant farming is the only thing worse than farmin your own That way you at least got a chance a good year, but tenant farmin, bad or good year, the bank swallows everything up, and keeps you owin em You ll see Unfortunately, he was right.Coming to the kitchen, she heard her father s angry voice They re taking all of it, every damn thing The whole year slaved to nothing I owe them some joke if it wasnt so bloody I owin them after working like a team of mules for a year They re wantin the cow and Nellie.The bastards A whole year now I m owin them It is a story of unrelenting poverty, butthan that, it is also a story about what poverty does to families Underlying the story is a subtext in which an economic system that gives them no control over their fate creates a sense of helpless pessimism that causes them to vent their frustrations on each other And this was in the 20s, a decade of relative prosperity, but one that was not shared by all But it does make one wonder what she might have had to say about the economic system in the 30s, if the novel had been completed.The story ends abruptly with a graphic description of the horrible working conditions in the meatpacking plant, one that is remindful of Upton Sinclair s The Jungle and is written in a style that brings John Dos Passos to mind Tillie Olsen wrote in an afterword Reader, it was not to have ended here, but it is nearly forty years since this book had to be set aside, never to come to completion These pages you have read are all that is deemed publishable of it Only fragments, rough drafts, outlines, scraps remain telling what might have been


  2. Teresa Teresa says:

    During the beginning of this work, I thought of The Grapes of Wrath I wondered if Olsen had been able to complete this, if it might ve been even better than the Steinbeck Alas, it is unfinished, started when Olsen, author of the wonderful I Stand Here Ironing , was only nineteen She worked on it intermittently over the next four or five years, then stopped writing altogether for twenty years due to her raising and supporting her four children If her life was anything like her protagonist s, During the beginning of this work, I thought of The Grapes of Wrath I wondered if Olsen had been able to complete this, if it might ve been even better than the Steinbeck Alas, it is unfinished, started when Olsen, author of the wonderful I Stand Here Ironing , was only nineteen She worked on it intermittently over the next four or five years, then stopped writing altogether for twenty years due to her raising and supporting her four children If her life was anything like her protagonist s, it s no wonder her writing ceased there would ve been no time for writing in the struggle for survival.The story starts in a coal mining town Hoping for better, the family moves to a tenant farm, a too brief idyll for the children, one that colors their attitude toward the next move to a meatpacking city The description of the city and the children s bewilderment reminded me of the innovative language of John Dos Passos Manhattan Transfer.Even unfinished, this work is a testament of the U.S.A in the 1930s a witness to the lives, outer and inner, of a family and communities stuck in a poverty trap and to their heartbreaking attempts to find, both without and within, bits of beauty


  3. Jan Priddy Jan Priddy says:

    Probably if I d read it as a novella, I would have called it the best she s written If it had been completed that absolutely would have been true I started it last night, and I stopped after midnight only when it was done.YONNONDIO FROM THE THIRTIES is Olsen s only novel, incomplete, and out of print for years It deserves better Even in its current state, ending without ending, it is a shocking story of the suffering of people, how great dreams can fall away through no fault of the dreamer Probably if I d read it as a novella, I would have called it the best she s written If it had been completed that absolutely would have been true I started it last night, and I stopped after midnight only when it was done.YONNONDIO FROM THE THIRTIES is Olsen s only novel, incomplete, and out of print for years It deserves better Even in its current state, ending without ending, it is a shocking story of the suffering of people, how great dreams can fall away through no fault of the dreamer Five stars for not sweetening it or blaming the victims If you have read Big Rock Candy Mountain, Stegnor s ripoff of 19th century women s diaries, you owe it to yourself to read this stunning fragment I was researching a novel of my own I read every Western memoir and diary I could get my hands on When reading Stegnor I was shocked to find complete scenes lifted from women s writing But, of course, that is true of another of his books Olsen started writing in her youth but stopped for decades while raising her children I teach her story, I Stand Here Ironing though only a few students have enough history to appreciate the context of the work or even to understand the pain of the narrator This novella is closer to Upton Sinclair s expos , The Jungle, than the hero centered Big Rock The title is from Walt Whitman The story is from personal experience and heart I am irritated by some reviewers whining about how this book is too sad If you want a pretty story, there is plenty of gorgeous prose, but no happy story here If you just want to be entertained or reassured, read something else Reviewers, including the one at top, skip South Dakota in mentioning the travels of the family Wyoming mines, the Dakotas as tenant farmers, then the slaughter houses of Omaha, Nebraska They work hard and it s never enough Olsen is the author of the essential Silences


  4. Sune Borkfelt Sune Borkfelt says:

    Some may be a bit wary of starting a novel they know to be unfinished In this case, though, the process definitely mattersthan the missing ending.Beautifully and poetically written in a narrative that shifts between bouts of stream of consciousness and aregular, omnipotent narration, Yonnondio is a highly evocative little gift to the reader.Both set and written during the 1930s, it gives insights into poverty during the depression in a way that is untainted by the brushing over an Some may be a bit wary of starting a novel they know to be unfinished In this case, though, the process definitely mattersthan the missing ending.Beautifully and poetically written in a narrative that shifts between bouts of stream of consciousness and aregular, omnipotent narration, Yonnondio is a highly evocative little gift to the reader.Both set and written during the 1930s, it gives insights into poverty during the depression in a way that is untainted by the brushing over and sentimentalism that sometimes accompanies memory.Partly because the focalization often goes through Mazie, who is 8 or 9 years old, the book opens up a child s perspective that makes itabout emotional experience than reasoned analysis of what happens to the characters Nevertheless, it remains unsentimental and clearly critical of the conditions endured by workers.I would recommend this to anyone interested in the 1930s, emotion in narrative, childhood as a field of study, as well as theobvious socialist and gender themes that come with the plot


  5. Molly Molly says:

    God, this book is upsetting I recommend it to anyone interested in considering connections between families struggling to make it in America s contemporary economic repression depression and families struggling to get by during the economic repressions depressions that characterize America s past While some elements of the Holbrook family s experiences especially their life in a Midwestern meat packing city suggest that the novel s events are set during the Great Depression, other elements s God, this book is upsetting I recommend it to anyone interested in considering connections between families struggling to make it in America s contemporary economic repression depression and families struggling to get by during the economic repressions depressions that characterize America s past While some elements of the Holbrook family s experiences especially their life in a Midwestern meat packing city suggest that the novel s events are set during the Great Depression, other elements suggest an earlier timeframe Regardless, the novel describes the attempts of the Holbrook family a hardworking, child bearing, dream abandoning Mother, a Father unmanned by his inability to adequately care for his family, and their children, especially the oldest daughter, Mazie, upon whom the third person narrator is most focused to live during the hardest of economic times Basically, the book testifies to the abject failure of a family to thrive, despite the desperate willingness to work that marks most of its members It is a short, lyrical, and insightful read and it will stay with you long after you turn the last page, partly because of its implicit claim that the first casualty of economic disaster is childhood Knowing that the book is still potentially resonant makes the book a necessity, if not exactly a pleasure


  6. Frank Stein Frank Stein says:

    This book is a wonderful combination of brutal social realism and imaginative modernism, with a distinctive female voice that is rare in old, working class novels The book was written in the 1930s, but, despite the title, it concerns the beleaguered Holbrooke family as they struggle throughout the 1920s, from a Wyoming coal mine to a North Dakota farm to the streets of Chicago s Packingtown Mazie Holbrooke, age 6 at the beginning, is the center of the novel She has to watch on in horror as he This book is a wonderful combination of brutal social realism and imaginative modernism, with a distinctive female voice that is rare in old, working class novels The book was written in the 1930s, but, despite the title, it concerns the beleaguered Holbrooke family as they struggle throughout the 1920s, from a Wyoming coal mine to a North Dakota farm to the streets of Chicago s Packingtown Mazie Holbrooke, age 6 at the beginning, is the center of the novel She has to watch on in horror as her father struggles for pennies, or drinks himself to stupor, or repents, or beats his wife Anna Mazie watches too as Anna goes in and out of sanity, stretches budgets, gathers garbage or weeds, and generally tries to keep her and her five children above water Mazie herself finds refuge in books, of course, but also in dreams and nightmares.As befits of a modernist novel, we get spare, impressionistic glimpses of all of the family members, but each seems shockingly real, from the sickly and questioning Ben to the callus Willie The book also summons the otherworldly fire and blackness of a coal mining town, the beauty and brownness of a failing farm, and the filth and stench of Chicago like no book I know At times, the horror of the book is almost too brutal to take, and the weight of suffering hard to stand Unlike other social protest novels, however, that weight does not merely emerge from poverty, but from the hopeless and confusion and fear that are poverty s real handmaidens It s a painful and wonderful book


  7. Sarah Sarah says:

    I read this book way back in high school As I recall, we were given a list of books to choose from I chose The Great Gatsby, got bored, switched to Yonnondio, and loved it In my 20 s, I reread The Great Gatsby and absolutely adored it Now in my 30 s, I m curious how I would compare the two books.All I can remember about Yonnondio, quite honestly, is that it reminded me of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, though reviews suggest it s even darker than that I ve lost tolerance for dark, having lived q I read this book way back in high school As I recall, we were given a list of books to choose from I chose The Great Gatsby, got bored, switched to Yonnondio, and loved it In my 20 s, I reread The Great Gatsby and absolutely adored it Now in my 30 s, I m curious how I would compare the two books.All I can remember about Yonnondio, quite honestly, is that it reminded me of A Tree Grows In Brooklyn, though reviews suggest it s even darker than that I ve lost tolerance for dark, having lived quite enough of it Likewise, I ve lost some affinity with Gatsby s idealism Oh, how very subjective it all is


  8. Jen Robinson Jen Robinson says:

    A gritty depressing look at blue collar life in the 20 s and 30 s Beautifully written about the harsh reality of a working class family destined for poverty their entire existence The interesting thing is that this novel was pieced together from notes and old writings yet it still is coherently heart wrenching Not a heart warming story about overcoming adversity in triumph but a really good read nevertheless.


  9. Kim Whitman Kim Whitman says:

    Final book I wrote on for my degree Great exploration of whiteness and class.


  10. Rita Rita says:

    The saddest book ever this is the story of a poor family that just gotandpoor The author s use of imagery helps the reader feel the descriptions of the Earth, the skinny children, the despair of poverty and hopelessness first, working in the coal tunnels, and the father getting much of his pay in scrip for the company store Then, tenant farming and the owner taking everything he harvested, yet still he oweson to the slaughterhouse work he considers himself lucky to get Th The saddest book ever this is the story of a poor family that just gotandpoor The author s use of imagery helps the reader feel the descriptions of the Earth, the skinny children, the despair of poverty and hopelessness first, working in the coal tunnels, and the father getting much of his pay in scrip for the company store Then, tenant farming and the owner taking everything he harvested, yet still he oweson to the slaughterhouse work he considers himself lucky to get The air in the town is so stifling from the slaughterhouse and Benjy has asthma and can t breathe Things get worse and worse, and the story remains unfinished, but the reader can imagine the ragged end of this family, during the depression that beat them further and further down