Book Reviews of The Dollmaker

The Dollmaker
The Dollmaker
Author: Harriette Arnow
ISBN-13: 9780380009473
ISBN-10: 0380009471
Publication Date: 3/1/1999
Pages: 608
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 42 ratings
Publisher: Avon
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Hard reading but well worth the effort! Make you very grateful for whatever you may have.
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The story itself is excellent, about the strengths ,dreams and hardships of a displaced Southern family who moved to Detroit during the war to get work in the factories
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Kentucky woman follows her husband to Michigan during war times so he can work in the factory there. Still in poverty life is very tough. An excellent book, but a little depressing
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This book is a classic. I found it depressing but very well written. It shows how far woman have come to gain equal rights in marriage. It also shows how much, in hard times, families give up to stay together.
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This is a book that stays with you long after you've read it. Great story but it is a pretty sad story. Would read again. Gives a different view of those who worked in northern factories, immigrants, the men who started unions and their families.
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It was hard for me to get into this book but I was so glad I did.A woman's family life from the hills of Kentucky to the city which she hated and how she learned to cope by using her talent in wood carving.
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One of the books I have read in the past that has touched my soul!
Ms Simpson Arnow is a master storyteller, and this is a masterpiece!
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This is a fantastic book! A gripping story!
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Probably my favorite book - ever.
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I did not care for this book......only read the first 100 pages and it just did not interest me enough to continue reading.
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I loved this book. Ms. Arnow's words goes right to the bone--this is a tough story, about a woman who packs up her children and follows her husband to Detroit so he can find work in a factory. Depression has a strong hold on the country and they have nothing. Leaving the south for Detroit is heartbreaking. But her will and strong heart, her ability to keep moving forward in order to stay alive and together is unmovable. This is a read that you will think about when you eat your next meal. The power of The Dollmaker is strong when the book ends.
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This is one of my all-time favorite books. The characters are so well developed and described that I feel like I know them. The tragedy and hardship that they endure is overwhelming and I felt like I was right there with them. I have read this book several times and each time, I enjoy it more and more.
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One of the best books I have ever read. Not for the faint of heart. Very stark, realistic, haunting - definitely not a happily ever after book. The author makes the characters in her book live. Even weeks after I finished reading this book, I still miss Gertie.
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Excellent read. Reminded me of Grapes of Wrath.
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I wanted to love this. The story mirrored my own grandparents....leaving Kentucky to go to Michigan. But I just couldn't finish it.