Review of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘Pioneer Girl’

the New York Review of Books reviewer is a wise woman: [Link]
“Another great danger of sentimental nostalgia is that it can bring the bitter taste of a lost paradise, and with that bitterness, a sense of grievance against what has replaced it. Most cults, and most tyrannies, thrive on nostalgic grievance—it is their life’s blood; and so my own affection for these books must be tinged with a wariness brought on by that unpleasant thought. There is no rest for the wicked, as Ma might say.”

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