Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Review: West From Home & On the Way Home by Laura Ingalls Wilder

On the Way Home
by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Non-fiction, Journal
112 pages
published: 1962

3 of 5 stars

This book contains the journal entries made by Laura on her journey with Almanzo and Rose from De Smet, SD to what would be their permanent home in Mansfield, Missouri. It also contains some anecdotes written by Rose, a map, and many photographs.

The actual journal entries were interesting and quick paced, which made for quick reading, and made up for the occasional stretch of monotony. I enjoyed most of this book, but especially the anecdotes written by Rose at the end. She tells the story of her parents being unable to find the $100 dollar bill that was their entire savings and meant as a down payment on their new land. That part of the book was actually suspenseful!

I think that fans of Laura, who are perhaps a little older, would like the further insight into her life that this book provides. Younger readers would quickly become bored. I'm happy to have this addition to my collection.

West From Home
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Non-fiction, Letters
192 pages
published: 1974

2 of 5 stars

This is a book of the letters written by Laura (and a few by Rose) back to Almanzo from San Fransisco. Why would Laura be on the west coast? Well, these letters were written when Laura was considerably older and visiting her daughter, Rose, who then lived in San Fransisco. Rose was a writer/reporter and had begged her mother to visit for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition of 1915.

These letter were interesting and educational, unfortunately, that didn't mean it was a page-turner, or exciting, or fun. My patience for the endless description waned about half way through. In fact, towards the end, the book became drudgery. That is very sad to admit.

However, I did like the glimpses of Laura and Almanzo's relationship, the references to Laura's beginning writing career, and the pictures of old San Fransisco and the amazing fair.

Recommended For: Die-hard fans of Laura, those who like that non-fiction sort of thing

1 comment:

  1. I think I have both of these, but can't remember if I've ever read them. I really should some day!