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My Antonia

Cather, Willa (Book - 1996 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
My Antonia

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(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed) Of Ántonia, the passionate and majestic central character in Willa Cather's greatest novel, the narrator, Jim Burden, says that she left "images in the mind that did not fade-that grew stronger with time." The same is true of the book in which Cather enshrines her heroine. On one level, My Ántonia is a straight?forward narrative, written in limpid prose of uncanny descriptive accuracy, about the struggles endured by a family of immigrant pioneers and the small community that surrounds them on the unsettled Nebraska plains. On another, it is a novel that represents a perfect marriage of form and feeling. In its magnificent tableaux of human beings caught in the toils of an abundant and overpowering natural world, and in the quiet, understated sympathy it displays for life of every sort, My Ántonia is a novel that effortlessly encompasses history and wilderness and the destiny of the individual-even as it lovingly and unsentimentally portrays a woman whose robust spirit and enduring warmth make her emblematic of what Cather most admired in the American people.
Authors: Cather, Willa, 1873-1947
Title: My Antonia
Publisher: New York :, A.A. Knopf,, c1996
Characteristics: xxxiii, 272 p. ;,22 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Willa Cather ; with an introduction by Lucy Hughes-Hallett
ISBN: 067944727X
Branch Call Number: FICTION CATHER 1996
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Report This Jan 28, 2014
  • SusannahElf rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a really lovely book. It reads like a love story to the farming experience. I am not surprised that none of the girls were "scarred" by the harsh experiences they endured, as the previous commenter said. People back then didn't expect their lives to be carefree and without challenges and hard work. This is how my grandmother lived, a few hundred miles north of where this story takes place. These kinds of conditions are potentially scarring and traumatic only if they are very far out of the ordinary, which wasn't the case. At any rate, the writing here is exquisite and poetic, and I also will be looking for more of Willa Cather's books.

Report This Dec 30, 2013
  • BTVS rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

There is a fairy tale quality to this story, somehow none of the girls/ young women are permently scarred by the brutal life they face as pioneers and they all live happily ever after. An interesting literary technique to be writing in the first person but being read by the recipent of the manuscript and 'passed on' to us the reader. It is indeed an American Classic but it is also an American Dream with some of the hard edges softened and a mythic cowboy chilvalary colouring the author's lense.

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  • InvernessS rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Author Cather is an American treasure, especially this story of life in Early Nebraska. One of my favorites.

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  • CPL_Laura rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In this lovingly drawn portrait of Nebraska in the late 1800s, narrator Jim Burden recounts his youth and that of his friend, Bohemian immigrant Antonia Shimerda, who “more than any other person . . . seemed to mean to us the country, the conditions, the whole adventure of our childhood.”

[ALERT - potential spoiler] I am curious to know how other readers felt about the way Jim's relationship with Antonia evolved. What barrier emerged that did not exist between the children?

Report This Jul 15, 2012
  • macierules rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A wonderfully lyrical and simple description of the immigrant pioneer life...I feel like lying down a field of pumpkins with the sun on my face!

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  • erinsnest rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Started June 20, looks like it's going to be a winner. Busy day for me tomorrow, and all I want to do is keep reading this!.......June 21, starting page 38.....June 25, 3/4 of the way through, one of my favourite books ever!.....June 28, started reading this again, (put it on hold to finish "The Death and Life of the Great American School System.") What can I say.....I'll be searching for some more books by Willa! June 28, finished!

Report This May 23, 2012
  • patienceandfortitude rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book is truly wonderful. I cannot begin to write about it in a way that would adequately do it justice. It is a great American classic and I am grateful for the experience.

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  • ownedbydoxies rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a classic and deserves to be called one. Wonderful story of life on the American plains before WW1. Haunting in its descriptions of sunlight on the prairies and the bonds between people.

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  • JackDinghall rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was sooooo awesome. Loved the descriptions. Ended with tears in my eyes


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