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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.
One of my daughter's new favorite books! She had to read it for school and it's at the top of her list.Published 21 days ago by Shelly D. Langley
A story of a group of children living in a community of mixed backgrounds,poverty, languages
.How they became adults and where they ended up.
I read this book when I was in high school. I had to. I understand it better now at 30.Published 25 days ago by James Hawkins
I think this book is alright for a book to read for Middle School children over summer vacation.Published 1 month ago by BAARDA
This is a classic novel, wonderful and compelling, that everyone should read.Published 1 month ago by OG62