My Ántonia evokes the Nebraska prairie life of Willa Cather's childhood, and commemorates the spirit and courage of immigrant pioneers in America. One of Cather's earliest novels, written in 1918, it is the story of Ántonia Shimerda, who arrives on the Nebraska frontier as part of a family of Bohemian emigrants. Her story is told through the eyes of Jim Burden, a neighbor who will befriend Ántonia, teach her English, and follow the remarkable story of her life.
Working in the fields of waving grass and tall corn that dot the Great Plains, Ántonia forges the durable spirit that will carry her through the challenges she faces when she moves to the city. But only when she returns to the prairie does she recover her strength and regain a sense of purpose in life. In the quiet, probing depth of Willa Cather's art, Ántonia's story becomes a mobbing elegy to those whose persistence and strength helped build the American frontier.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather (1873–1947) spent her formative years in Nebraska, which was at that time frontier territory. Her exposure to the region's dramatic environment and intrinsic hardships — along with its diverse population of European-Americans, Native Americans, and immigrants — shaped and informed much of her fiction.
Willa Cather's first Nebraska novel, O Pioneers! was published in 1913. Critics say that this work established her place in American Literature. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Carlton B. Turner
"My Antonia" is a moving and culturally interesting story of a young girl recently emigrating from Bohemia with her family to the plains of Nebraska. Read morePublished 21 days ago by doctor dee
The edition is nice enough, but it doesn't contain any of the woodcut illustrations Cather commissioned for the book. Slightly disappointed about that.Published 1 month ago by Amber M.
This is just a beautiful novel. Cather's description of the human heart in the setting of a wild frontier life is entertaining as well as intellectually stimulating. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Corsair
Bought for class. didn't read it because Sparknotes. But, it showed up on time, undamaged, and as described.Published 1 month ago by Firefighter3217
Simple story about simple people, but so insightful and so well told. I'm sure I'll read it again.Published 4 months ago by AB
This was a book chosen by our book club to read. It was a very interesting and worthwhile read. I appreciated Willa Cather's writing from the perspective of a young man. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joanne Bergen