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Ántonia, who, even as a grown woman somewhat downtrodden by circumstance and hard work, "had not lost the fire of life," lies at the center of almost every human condition that Cather's novel effortlessly untangles. She represents immigrant struggles with a foreign land and tongue, the restraints on women of the time (with which Cather was very much concerned), the more general desires for love, family, and companionship, and the great capacity for forbearance that marked the earliest settlers on the frontier.
As if all this humanity weren't enough, Cather paints her descriptions of the vastness of nature--the high, red grass, the road that "ran about like a wild thing," the endless wind on the plains--with strokes so vivid as to make us feel in our bones that we've just come in from a walk on that very terrain ourselves. As the story progresses, Jim goes off to the University in Lincoln to study Latin (later moving on to Harvard and eventually staying put on the East Coast in another neat encompassing of a stage in America's development) and learns Virgil's phrase "Optima dies ... prima fugit" that Cather uses as the novel's epigraph. "The best days are the first to flee"--this could be said equally of childhood and the earliest hours of this country in which the open land, much like My Ántonia, was nothing short of a rhapsody in prairie sky blue. --Melanie Rehak --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This book is very interesting and pulling!
Her characters are complex and the wonderful, richly textured descriptions of the landscape and life on the plains make reading the novel pure pleasure.
I enjoyed the book overall and would recommend it to anyone who likes to read classic American literature.
I loved every word!, I'm glad I finally read it. True American Classic. The characters are as real as they get.Published 10 days ago by Deanna E. Ritchie
For those who enjoy historically based fiction that rises to the standard of true literature, Cather has woven a delightful story of memorable characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Carolyn Moore
It was wonderful to go back and read this again. 100 years after it was written, it remains a wonderful exploration of many current American themes - the dignity of hard work, the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Greg S.
A wonderful coming of age story where the main character is a female told through the eyes of a childhood friend. Magical and lyrical.Published 2 months ago by Kathleen A. Reichenbach
Beautiful writing! Classic that I've always intended to read and finally did. Wonderful book.Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer