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This text can be broken into two parts. The 1st part talks about Laura's youth and where the series took some liberties. The 2nd part talks about her adult life going into her daughter rose's life discussing how the books came into being and what has happened since the family all passed away legally In terms of the rights to the books. It is an excellent listen and I was captivated with all of the behind the scenes information. it made me hope that someone would attempt a new little house series that is accurate to Laura's writings. a must-listen for all Wilder fans.
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…of the Little House on the Prairie books or the TV series from the ‘70s entirely ruined.
Because I had read A Wilder Rose (fictionalized version on Rose Wilder Lane’s life based on a fair amount of research, it seems), my fond memories were already trashed, so I thought I’d listen to nonfiction. Things just got worse. Laura Ingalls Wilder is not particularly likeable (though very industrious) and her daughter, Rose is a lying, delusional, wretch. She seems bi-polar, narcissistic, and/or had borderline personality disorder.
I didn’t really know that the Ingall’s and the Wilder’s lives were always one step shy of completely falling apart, how poor they were, the reckless/impulsive/bad decisions that “Pa” and then Almanzo made.
What I most appreciated was that his story was replaced into historical context. Had it not been, I’m not sure I could have gotten through 21 hours. It was fairly depressing, and really Rose Wilder Lane…ugh. Lots of quotations from her personal diaries and letters. Add to the above that she was cruel, a racist and anti-Semite, always trying to undermine her mother. It was just too much and overwhelmed Wilder's story.
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