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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 alternate Paperback edition.
The Language, the imagery, the story all roll across those Midwestern plains effortlessly but magically.Published 8 hours ago by wilma claudia sukman
Very sweet and true story of immigrant experience developing the West.Published 3 days ago by c. Grinds
An easy read, yet brilliantly written. I loved this book and highly recommend it.Published 8 days ago by Joyce McFarland
No one paints a scene like Willa Cather. She probably could do it as well today in downtown New York as she did on the prarie in the 1890's.Published 21 days ago by G. Grider
Second time reading this and I never even read the first two. Great book.Published 1 month ago by Tabtasha
I fell in love with this book despite myself. So well crafted and the Audible is a guaranteed improvement on the offer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by POet Prof Shawntez SVJ
Wonderful story of early 20th century life in the Nebraska prairie both for newest emigrants and those who were the established pioneer families of the region. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Grammy G