Dalam Perjalanan Pulang Laura Ingalls Wilder


Published: 1982

108 pages


Dalam Perjalanan Pulang  by  Laura Ingalls Wilder

Dalam Perjalanan Pulang by Laura Ingalls Wilder
1982 | | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 108 pages | ISBN: | 3.53 Mb

I read “On the Way Home” when I was a kid and just couldn’t appreciate it like I do now. It is a travel log that Laura kept on her journey from De Smet to Mansfield. Most of the book is just a record of the Wilder family’s daily activities with little of the beautiful prose I’m so used to in Laura’s books. As a child, I couldn’t hear Laura’s voice, and I got bored with the seemingly monotonous details. Now, I can read between the lines a little more, and I find it fascinating.I now can recognize the less than happy aspects of the Wilders’ lives. There is a definite hopelessness in this family.

They went through so much, and they were leaving their family for an unknown future in Mansfield. Rose, who contributes the prologue and epilogue, seems to harbor a lot of bitterness, and I don’t know if I can blame her. It was jarring to see Laura in a less-than-shining light, but she doesn’t seem to give her daughter much attention. Rose is only mentioned by name 3-4 times throughout the whole journal. She also seems very distant toward Rose. It was definitely a different glimpse of my childhood hero.With my grown-up eyes, I can also now see that this really was the same woman who wrote the Little House books.

Though the style is entirely different, there is still some humor. Here are a few examples: “I went to a house to buy milk. It was swarming with children and pigs- they looked a good deal alike.” “We crossed 11 creeks today, or one creek 11 times, I don’t know which.”Finally, I loved reading her descriptions of places that I know well and routes that I travel often. She describes Lamar as one of the nicest towns they passed. Springfield had four booming business blocks and was “simply grand.” She described the squares of Seymour and Mansfield, and they don’t seem to have changed all that much.This book is definitely more raw and honest than the Little House books.

It really helped me see a different side of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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