A Tardiness in Nature

Book A Tardiness in Nature

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- By: Verona Anne Vanderven(Author)
- Language: English
- Format: PDF - Djvu
- Pages:144
- Publisher: Hansen-McMenamy Books (November 2, 2009)
- Bestsellers rank: 1
- Category: Christian Books & Bibles
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A first novel from educator and writer Verona Anne VanderVen, this book is a journey into the Slavic-American experience through the eyes of a woman recalling the forces that shaped her life as she experiences the long hours of labor before giving birth to a child conceived late in life.

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  • By Julian Joseph on September 2, 2010

    A Tardiness in Nature -Book ReviewThis book is a worthy first effort by a woman who is a retired teacher of literature. As in most first novels, the work suggests a memoir, or autobiographical account, of the author's own life. The book actually generates great power as it takes the principal character "Carrie" from pregnancy in young womanhood back to her life as a little girl and forward again. She meets tragedy early when at age two her mother dies of unknown cause. The father took on a new wife who soon grew to dislike young Carrie, seeming to regard her as a rival for the father's affection. This was a contest which the new wife readily won. But the effect on Carrie was the beginning of a continual shunting of Carrie to a series of relatives in the extended Slavic family, many of the changes instigated by Carrie herself. In the process we learn of the close bonding of Slavic families who came to America from Europe in the decades prior to World War II. The culture was largely established about the local church in the Lutheran faith, and one finds Carrie gaining succor from local officials in the faith as well as from other relatives in the extended family. One wonders about the immaturity and impulsiveness of Carrie herself in her failure to establish permanency in each household. As a matter of fact, the title of the book "A Tardiness in Nature", is a quote from Shakespeare's King Lear, indicating that some people take took too long to grow up. As a young woman Carrie meets Matt following the war, they fall in love and marry, but he too finds trouble gaining permanence in any one work position, moving and bringing the young wife along with him. Hence the title "A Tardiness in Nature", in Carrie's own words, extends to him also.The book has flaws, there is excessive documentation of the family tree, and rather frequent changes in time periods as Carrie shifts from the present to her reminiscences of the past. But overall the story generates power and interest, as Carrie's sincerity and integrity in the telling come through.

  • By marie wheeler on November 29, 2012

    this book describe my family to a tee, also the family of my neighborhood. I think all my children/niece & nephews should read this to see what times were like back then in the 30's-60's

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