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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.
The prose was beautiful and flowing. It was like reading something musical. I plan to read other books by Willa Cather.Published 22 days ago by Carole Hawkins
A classic of pioneer literature.. Wonderful vivid writing. If you like this read "Angle of Repose" by Wallace Steigner. Read morePublished 23 days ago by David K. Anderson
The reality of life ... Simple and easy, salted with grace, making one wish for the good old days. Very pleasant.Published 24 days ago by BJ
Very much enjoyed the story and the writing. It was worth my time to listen to this audio book. Entertaining. I'm a sucker for a good, clean novel!Published 1 month ago by Joyce Sandusky
This is a mildly interesting classic about pioneer life on the Nebraska plains. Cather's description of the landscape seemed lyrical at first, but kind of boring after while. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Lewyn
MY ANTONIA is one of the most luminously beautiful and powerful American novels of the twentieth-century. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lawrence Kinsman
Can you believe a book written nearly 100 years ago could be so intriguing. Willa Cather is and always will be a story teller magnificent.Published 2 months ago by Barbara L. Edmondson
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 3 months ago by Carlton B. Turner