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Set on the Nebraska prairie where Willa Cather (1873–1947) grew up, this powerful early novel tells the story of the young Alexandra Bergson, whose dying father leaves her in charge of the family and of the lands they have struggled to farm. In Alexandra's long flight to survive and succeed, O Pioneers! relates an important chapter in the history of the American frontier.
Evoking the harsh grandeur of the prairie, this landmark of American fiction unfurls a saga of love, greed, murder, failed dreams, and hard-won triumph. In the fateful interaction of her characters, Willa Cather compares with keen insight the experiences of Swedish, French, and Bohemian immigrants in the United States. And in her absorbing narrative, she displays the virtuoso storytelling skills that have made her one of the most admired masters of the American novel.
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.
I don't read many books, but I really enjoyed this one. I had been to Nebraska years ago, so it was easy for me to visualize the countryside.Published 10 days ago by Judith Newkirk
A wonderful novel of a wonderful (forgotten?) american writerPublished 11 days ago by Max Suhr Olesen
Willa Cather writes lovely stories that are real and heart felt.Published 21 days ago by Snakewoman
I have never heard of this book or it's' author, but when I had to read this for my sophomore English class I learned to love it!Published 24 days ago by CBWINN
I do not know if this was a very mature juvenile story or a very young adult story. This book was very strange, and I would not reccomend buying it, although it was an okay story... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Books Make My Day!
This book was required for one of my classes and I'm so glad it was. It is a great book and I really enjoyed it. I strongly recommend it.Published 27 days ago by Amanda