The Sojourner

This book is one of the best ones I ve read In many ways it s a simple story one of the life of a young man and ends well like life ends I was transported to Asahel s shadow from the first page

This book is one of the best ones I've read. In many ways, it's a simple story, one of the life of a young man and ends, well, like life ends. I was transported to Asahel's shadow from the first page to the last and read late a night, fighting sleep after some really labor-intensive days, and thinking when I arose how I couldn't wait to go to bed on this next night so I could read more. The first sentence was arresting to me: "Three crows flew low over the fresh mound in the Linden burying-ground, dark as the thoughts of the three unmourning mourners." I had no idea what this book was about at all, but after that first sentence, I was hooked. The story has some dialog, just enough to carry the characters along, and most of the sentences are written in the simple noun-verb-direct object form, yet the form does not make a simple story. The descriptions are some of the best -- "Then a wind keened far off in the west, nosed across the hills and leaped into the clearing, snapping its fangs at the limbs of the oak trees." If I marked every description that evoked a I-need-to-remember-this-one response, I would be recopying half of the book. This is Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings' final book. In fact, she died just months after it was published in 1953 after she struggled with it for a decade.I came to this title through a mention of it by Pat Conroy in his My Reading Life where he notes a plethora of book titles. In his chapter about Norm Berg, a publisher representative who befriended and advised the young author Conroy, he writes that Norm had violently disapproved with Rawling's book The Sojourner. Since Conroy read many of the books Berg mentioned to him, I thought it was likely he read this Rawlings book, and my goal is to read, or attempt to, as many of the books Conroy references."Living close to the land as she was growing up 'planted deep in [her] a love of the soil, the crops, the seasons and a sense of kinship with men and women everywhere who live close to the soil.'" This quote from Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Society is why Rawlings could write The Sojourner with such understanding and description. Every day I worked outside digging in the dirt during my time with this book and saw the new spring growth, the clouds, the rain, the trees, and the birds, I found a deeper appreciation for the natural wonders of the world. Although I am in the age of moving books on to others after I read them, this is one that will remain on my shelves. Maybe it is my seasoned age that tightens my grip around this story, but I think you may find this a surprisingly edifying read and one that will linger in your thoughts. A few quotes I marked:"Yet it was . . . Asahel who knew those books secretly by heart, and read, as laboriously as he did everything else, any scrap of paper with printing on it, poring hungrily over the magic of words." “His father had never planted an orchard. No growing thing was graceless, but that scowling, snarling man, Hiram Linden, had seemed purposely to avoid all crops that flowered in beauty. All were utilitarian, sown with surliness and harvested with oaths. Ase was the first Linden of three generations to consider the earth and its bounty with reverence and affection, to long to adorn it as best he might during his tenure.” “She was not unattractive until she focused her eyes on a human being, when their unblinking coldness gave the effect of the stare of an adder.” “I’ll walk off the rest of my mad.” “He set down the milk pails to rest and stared at the bright house. This was a man’s great joy, to come at nightfall after his day’s work to a lighted house. . . . and his beloved was waiting for him with food and warmth and comfort.” “Life is a difficult matter, and the more a simple man may learn of what greater men have thought, and taught, have spoken and have written, the better can he cope with any sort of life.” “It occurred to him that the increasing patience of age was as great a myth as the unalloyed joy of youth. The longer he lived, the less tolerance he had for the patently evil.” “Some of the books that provided the richest fare were hidden under unrevealing names, like a rare soul behind a drab face.” “It had been so brief a sojourn, not even a full century. He had been a guest in a mansion and he was not ungrateful. He was at once exhausted and refreshed. His stay was ended. Now he must gather up the shabby impedimenta of his mind and body and be on his way again.”Bestseller The Sojourner Author Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is Kindle The Sojourner is the story of a good man of the influence of his steady, quiet strength upon others, especially the members of his immediate family, and of what they characters less strong and less stable do to him throughout the course of a long life.. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was an American author who lived in rural Florida and wrote novels with rural themes and settings Her best known work, The Yearling, about a boy who adopts an orphaned fawn, won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1939 and was later made into a movie of the same title, The Yearling The book was written long before the concept of young adult fiction, but is now commonly included in teen reading lists.. The best Ebook The Sojourner This is a beautifully written story about one man's quest to find his right and proper place in life. I read this one as part of a challenge to read a book published my year of birth - 1953 and am so glad that I chose this one from the many available that year. I loved much about this story, especially the main character, Asahel (Ase) Linden. The reader watches life from Ase's perspective in rural New York state in the late 1800s and early 1900s from the day his brother leaves the farm through the early years of marrying and raising a family on to a resolution of his life's work. We rejoice in his prosperity as a farmer and share his anguish when loved ones are lost. This is a great story of Americana and of an honest, hardworking average man who treats others with respect and honor (even those who may not be seen as deserving of such by many), endures heavy disappointments and heartaches and in the end triumphs over his losses finding the right way for his legacy to continue and to be honored.This is a hard book to find because of its age, but it is so worth reading if you can find one. Ase Linden will long stay with me.
The Sojourner by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings The Sojourner is the story of a good man of the influence of his steady, quiet strength upon others, especially the members of his immediate family, and of what they characters less strong and less stable do to him throughout the course of a long life. The Sojourner Company, Inc. Equipping the path less traveled with holistic, eco friendly, progressive, and metaphysical goods, services and education for the whole family We are not human beings having a spiritual experience, we are spiritual beings taking a human sojourn. Sojourner rover The Sojourner Truth Project Sojourner s story is the ultimate American story and deserves a in depth exploration then this site offers The we examine her life with all its complexities, the we understand our nation s history Sojourner Truth exists today in many forms as a person, as a symbol and as a myth. What is a sojourner in the Bible GotQuestions Feb , Abraham was a sojourner in Egypt when a famine swept the Promised Land Genesis Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus were also sojourners in Egypt when Herod sought to kill Him Matthew And the apostle Paul sojourned from region to region, starting churches and preaching the gospel Acts , , . Signs of the Sojourner on Steam About This Game Signs of the Sojourner is a narrative card game about relationships and connecting with people Your deck is your character, reflecting your experiences and shaping your relationships Make decisions about who your character is in this world, pushing forward with the cards you re dealt. Sojourners Sojourners has the latest news and commentary on faith, politics, and culture. Sojourner Minnesota support shelter for domestic Sojourner continues to provide essential shelter and advocacy services during this challenging time Shelter in Place does NOT mean a victim must stay In their home with their abuser To stay

  1. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was an American author who lived in rural Florida and wrote novels with rural themes and settings Her best known work, The Yearling, about a boy who adopts an orphaned fawn, won a Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1939 and was later made into a movie of the same title, The Yearling The book was written long before the concept of young adult fiction, but is now commonly included in teen reading lists.

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  1. This is a beautifully written story about one man s quest to find his right and proper place in life I read this one as part of a challenge to read a book published my year of birth 1953 and am so glad that I chose this one from the many available that year I loved much about this story, especially the main character, Asahel Ase Linden The reader watches life from Ase s perspective in rural New York state in the late 1800s and early 1900s from the day his brother leaves the farm through the earl [...]


  2. This book is one of the best ones I ve read In many ways, it s a simple story, one of the life of a young man and ends, well, like life ends I was transported to Asahel s shadow from the first page to the last and read late a night, fighting sleep after some really labor intensive days, and thinking when I arose how I couldn t wait to go to bed on this next night so I could read The first sentence was arresting to me Three crows flew low over the fresh mound in the Linden burying ground, dark a [...]


  3. I take back what I said about Blood of My Blood The Sojourner is easily my favorite novel by Marjorie Rawlings The writing is so sophisticated The details are masterfully rendered The novel consistently surprises and makes you uncomfortable and frustrated in one part and full of joy and peace the next This novel was inspired, in part, by Rawlings s desire to understand the Michigan farm lifestyle that produced her mother, with whom she shared a strained relationship What she tries to express in [...]


  4. I love Rawlings writing style This novel set in 1860 up to the second World War is a history of the Linden family, whose patriarch was a farmer all his life He was one of my favorites though he is quiet and slow to speak, he is a deep thinker and open to loving the people and beauty around him He is the sojourner of the title His best friends are colorful characters Mink Fisher, an Indian, fathers and teaches him about planting , hunting, and how to live on the earth Tim O Brien, a drunken Irish [...]


  5. I read this before, but lately, I got a yearning to read it again, and I m so glad I did Rawlings lyrical descriptions are so beautifully crafted The word magic is strong in this book, making me wish I could cut out sentences to adorn my walls So poignant I think I m enjoying it even this time than the first time I read it, as I m coming to it older and having experienced disappointments myself I was originally drawn to this book by the tattered jacket with the beautiful illustration of Ase st [...]


  6. Emotionally brutal but instantly one of my favorite books The characters and landscape are authentic, giving a stark view of humanity simultaneously tragic and beautiful How s that for a cliche review Seriously though, everything about this book was real The pain and joy I felt were intense and often prompted by the same event The duality of life s experiences and the importance of embracing the pain and love cause they re pretty much joined at the hip.


  7. The other reviews on this site already do this book justice, so I ll just add my two cents worth This just might be the best book I ve ever read It s certainly in the top 5, and it s one of the few books I plan on reading again some day.


  8. Written back in 1953, this is the story of a life and the lives intertwined with it, the tale very evocatively set in rural New York state The novelty for me was seeing lives unfold, joys and adversities alternating, from the viewpoint of a man rather than a woman I felt it was masterfully written and well worth reading.



  9. I picked this up off of my To Be Read stack, not sure what to expect The author drew me into the story of Asahel Linden, beginning with his childhood in the 1800s Where I initially thought I d have difficulty sticking with a story that wasn t brimming with action and adventure, I found myself invested in Asahel and his family The author does a fantastic job balancing the hardness of his life which is sometimes quite harsh with his character allowing him to retain an innocence that sometimes serv [...]


  10. Excellent book that inspires conflicting feelings about the protagonist You have to love Ase for his goodness and complicated simplicity but there were times when I wanted to shake him for his seeming indifference accurately his inaction But I came to understand that was his nature, and maybe you don t really understand that until the very end of the book It s a wonderful study in human nature where all characters are concerned, especially in the interactions Rawlings character development is e [...]


  11. This story moved me incredibly, although there were times that it tore at my heart The main character, Asahel Linden, was The Sojourner, traveling through life immersed in his heart and in his philosophical thoughts Some of this, I identified with, but when the cruel actions of those close to him had impact, I thought to myself, I would have fought back with actions just as heartless Asahel was incapable of fighting, although he stood his ground firmly I felt angry, sometimes not sure that I wan [...]


  12. Though Rawlings can write well, I am certain, the plot of this book was a snooze fest I am not kidding I have been reading this book, a couple pages at a time for almost a year I can generally crack out a 300 page fiction book in a day or day and a half A week at most if I have no time to read This book was just uninspiring and I never did start to enjoy it Asa, as a character, was easy to despise even though you are supposed to sympathize with him That made the book challenging.For a full revie [...]


  13. I read this for the first time 20 years ago It touched my soul then, and has touched it the other few times I read it Interestingly, the book was important to my father as well Neither of us is like Ase but we somehow connect to him This is the best book I ve ever read But, if you re looking for a fast paced modern book, stay away Read this in a beautiful, quiet place, and go to another world.


  14. Rawlings books remind me of Steinbeck, and they are nearly as good I m not sure why her works haven t received much attention lately, although her novel The Yearling won the pulitzer prize for fiction the year before Steinbeck won for The Grapes of Wrath This book was somewhat slow moving but never boring I recommend it.


  15. Added 5 12 12.The Sojourner by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings first published 1951 Recommended to me by Based on Your Aging Shelf I couldn t get into it Too many details and too much description at the start I found the first pages too uninteresting to continue.


  16. I love this book so much It is out of print and can be hard to find but I do have one that I will loan out It is written by the same lady who wrote The Yearling and has much the same tone but addresses of the marriage relationship in family dynamics Very powerful


  17. I enjoyed this interesting study of Ase Linden This novel addresses the question as to whether we aren t all just sojourners in this world and if we can ever really know someone, be connected in a meaningful way.


  18. The Sojourner was a dreadful book By that, I mean reading it filled me with dread At its core are two brothers and a mother One son she adores the other she deplores The mother was second generation Scotch Irish, with all of the Scot dourness and none of the Irish lilt There is nothing fair about Amelia, relative to beauty and justice Rawlings compelled me to respect and love the protagonist, Asahel Linden I wanted to shield him from psychological desolation brought on by the strangers in his fa [...]


  19. I had read and loved The Yearling in grade school and now I wonder why I never looked for anything else by this author back then This book would probably have gone right over my head, then, anyway The language is beautiful, if a bit old fashioned The last leaves shivered to earth and scurried like thin brown rats across the grave The story is bittersweet and it wasn t until the end that I could see what tied all the characters together Each of them had a deep longing for something security, a pa [...]


  20. A quiet story, simple, about a farmer in the 1860s and his struggle watching the industrialization of the US and the corresponding greed and selfishness of his own kin The story is a bit cliche in places his best friends are an Indian and a Gypsy , but the poignant and lovely prose make up for its failings Not for everyone as it is rather slow moving, too Yet, easily the best book by Rawlings that I ve read So glad I took the time.






  21. Ms Rawlings evidently felt that the world view of the father protaonist was admirable A man who refused to strive against those who dealt with him poorly, who saw himself as a sojourner traveling through this world At the beginning of the novel it sounds admirable The hero sucessfully resists the greed and mean spritiedness of those around him, and is rewarded by gypsies and funny fiddlers It all falls apart when the point in the book comes where the mother leads the daughter to her death in the [...]



  22. A friend gave this book to me and asked me to let her know what I thought of it wish I have found it earlier Published in 1953 this is an awesome study in human relationships, a microscopic view of what Thoreau described as The mass of men and women lead lives of quiet desperation This is a beautifully written saga, touching the reader s sensibilities, hopefully opening our minds to the needs of others, even if they don t express those needs, and allowing others to understand our needs The backd [...]


  23. A sweet, old fashioned story of a farm family s striving, with good and bad, relationships changing as people age and change The style seems like 1930 s storytelling, which it is Worth reading for a taste of how a lot of farm families might have experienced the times in which the story takes place.I read it because I d visited the Rawlings homestead in Florida several times and heard about her writing of it.


  24. Really good classic book about a man s life from his early twenties to his death 60 years later Shows his struggle to make a good life for his family and was just a nice change from the modern novels that I have been reading lately Has a good ending, which is important for me It really irritates me when I get to the end of what is otherwise a terrific book only to be disappointed by a bad ending.


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