My Antonia / O Pioneers!

My Antonia O Pioneers First published in My ntonia is the unforgettable story of an immigrant woman s life on the hardscrabble Nebraska plains Together here with O Pioneers a classic American tale of pioneer life a

  • Title: My Antonia / O Pioneers!
  • Author: Willa Cather
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 397
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • First published in 1918, My ntonia is the unforgettable story of an immigrant woman s life on the hardscrabble Nebraska plains Together here with O Pioneers , a classic American tale of pioneer life and the transformation of the frontier, this volume of Willa Cather s works captures a time, a place, and a spirit that are part of our national heritage.

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    1. It's a wonderful story about how difficult life was for Scandinavian and Slovakian immigrants at the turn of the 20th century in the U.S. Midwest, but the real beauty of this narrative lies in the economically crafted rural landscapes with silver slivers and yellow hues, creates vibrantly minimalist and scented fields of wheat, flowers and insects. The one downside to this novel is the racist caricature of the blind African American musician written with such condescension.

    2. I don't even know where to begin, but I can simply say that this book was wonderful. It was beautifully written, simple yet vivid, and the story evoked the images of earlier times, that were both simpler and more difficult than the world we know now. It was very easy to become immersed in the book and its characters and to form strong attachments to them. There was also a sense of familiarity to the story, which I found comforting. This may be due to the fact that I grew up in Minnesota, the pro [...]

    3. Jim Burden, a successful New York City lawyer, gives an acquaintance a memoir of his Nebraska childhood in the form of a recollection of their mutual friend, Ántonia Shimerda. This memoir makes up the bulk of the novel.Jim first arrives in Nebraska at the age of ten, when he makes the trip west to live with his grandparents after finding himself an orphan in Virginia. On the train out west, Jim gets his first glimpse of the Shimerdas, a Bohemian immigrant family traveling in the same direction. [...]

    4. I loved this book. It is very simply written, with short chapters that tell so much. This is a coming of age story about Jim Burden growing up on his grandparents' farm in Nebraska, and the life-long friendship he develops with Antonia, the eldest daughter of an immigrant family trying to get by. Antonia is tireless and fearless, and wants nothing more than to work to help support her struggling family. In contrast, Jim has the chance to go to school, study hard, and make something out of himsel [...]

    5. (This review is for My Antonia only)I wanted to give the book three stars, because after reading it I felt dissatisfied. Nothing really happens. If I write even one sentence about the plot, I'll probably spoil it. Orphan boy falls in love with immigrant girl.But take aside the fact that there is no plot, and every other element of a great story is there. Vividly drawn characters, details that cling to the memory (the woman's face that would always make babies cry!), evocative setting, and smooth [...]

    6. I'm a sucker for Willa Cather, and this is only the second novel I've read as a budding enthusiast. She breathes life into an early American landscape of heroines and farmers and love-struck men, and I leave each chapter with an oddly inescapable sense of loss. I envy the freedom of the sunsets and fields she describes in beautiful brief passages as well as the easy familiarity her characters build with one another across ages, genders, and families. She writes of a simpler time that comforts th [...]

    7. A classic for a reason - simple, spare dialogue and narrative, but so evocative of that time and place, along with the characters who inhabit the story. I strongly recommend if you like historical fiction.

    8. O Pioneers just finished this section. The descriptions of the land are pretty incredible, especially the earliest days of settlement. It definitely leaves you with palpable sense of Nebraska and what it's like to live on the plains but I felt detached from the characters. Partly because of weak character development and partly because I couldn't separate this story from the actual history of genocide and environmental destruction. These European immigrants really didn't belong on the wild land. [...]

    9. This is a nicely written story. I liken it to a family history – the reminiscences of simple and often difficult lives. The narrator tells stories – from that of a young boy to an adult – about his family and neighbors. Primarily set in Nebraska , its stories – often with a total lack political correctness – are of immigrants and the new lives they make for themselves. The family solidarity – and reputation – was paramount. (I suppose a hundred and fifty years from now, our lives t [...]

    10. I can't believe I never read this book before! What a lovely old-fashioned romance, and not your typical passionate romance. This is a romance not only about a woman, but also a place and a time. It's about appreciating a place for what it holds and appreciating people for who they are. Lovely descriptions of the many vibrant characters. My favorite parts are in the beginning, however, when Cather explores (through the eyes of a young boy) the death of a revered friend. Here's one of my favorite [...]

    11. This book was a gift from my Uncle at Christmas since he knows I have a thing for 'old books'. I do enjoy classics and this one was no exception. I had never heard of Willa Cather or My Antonia prior to the novel being put into my hands, and after reading- I am baffled as to why? I can't even attempt to do justice to the stunning language of this book- you forget you're reading words and you just 'see' what's happening. I've never read such lush descriptions of the West, farms and peopleeverythi [...]

    12. Took me a while, but I got there in the end. I had read a few reviews of this book and wondered what to expect. At first I found it very convoluted and confusing, after finishing it I wondered why it took me so long to get into the rhythm of the book. I had to reread the first few chapters a couple of time and then it rolled along nicely for me. The language and lingo I just had to set aside and to accept what I thought the meanings were and that helped. I got to enjoy the Characters more and mo [...]

    13. This was a 2nd reading for me, a book club choice and I remember when I read it several years ago I put the book aside knowing it would be good to read again. I loved the imagery and if you have ever lived in a broad open space and felt intimidated by the sheer vastness of the earth and sky, you will relate to this book. Pioneers had a tough live and immigrants came here to have better lives, but it was harsh living. This book gives a sense of how that live must have been and Ms. Cather's love f [...]

    14. A story written by a woman from the voice of a boy about the life of an immigrant girl. Wow. I was forced to read this book in High school. I preferred teen magazines and therefore hardly turned a page like so many of the other girls in my class. Fast forward to the year 2000 when I became curious as to why my high school English teacher cried when she discussed this book. Was it because she stood in front of 30 idiot teenage girls? or was it something to do with the book? 30 SOMETHING YEARS LAT [...]

    15. This book made you want a relationship to flourish between the narrator and the main character, this thinking is because we don't live in that era. It is almost unheard of for a man and a woman to have such a close bond of friendship with out any intimacy. It made this book refreshing. I liked how some of the female characters were described as being strong and even more than some men which was very risky to be stating in that era. Overall the storyline was good, I was intrigued to want to read [...]

    16. Another HS reading assignment that I did not get in high school. I thought My Antonia was very powerful. Loved it. It describes the life of that time and place so vividly. The scene with the wolves still reverberates with me, especially after watching The Grey (stupid movie). The description of that event was so horrifying. (She did a better job with words than they did with pictures.) Have not read O Pioneers yet. Again, got the Kindle Edition of Complete works of Willa Cather, so a lot more wo [...]

    17. Enjoyed My Antonia very much. I had not read previously about settling the west and the many pioneering immigrant families who came to the United States to start a new life. This was very illuminating topic, especially in such times when immigration is such a major issue in our country, and yet a nice heartfelt family story too! Well written with beautiful passages describing the land before it was tamed and farmed and recast into an agricultural powerhouse.

    18. I really loved the descriptions in this book. The landscape, the people, and the events were all vividly created. There were a few somewhat shockig and memorable passages. However, I kept waiting for a dramatic climax, which did not seem to come. This is definitely a classic story, not a modern novel. There is an art to this type of story-telling of a simpler (not easier) life. One who appreciates tales of endurance and perseverance would enjoy this book.

    19. I listened to this story on librovox. My daughter (14 year old) and I were listening to it for a girls book club. I enjoyed the characters, the immigrants from Bohemia and watching their transition into Nebraskas small town culture. There were some very hard parts of this story. Antonia was truly a strong character and it was most interesting to hear the story told by a young man who truly loved Antonia but would never have her.

    20. I loved hearing how people lived in Nebraska back in the 1800's. it's a book that I wanted to have continue on. A must read!!❤

    21. One reason I enjoyed this book was because it gave a early 20th century perspective (the book was first published in 1918) of the late 19th century. In addition to that, I liked that the story line was just about life in general. There wasn't any huge event or turning point but just things that happened in everyday life and how time passed and people changed and grew up and went separate ways.

    22. Great description of the midwest and I learned something about our early American immigration. Bohemia is where? I really wanted to get happy about the story but never quite got there. Is that a reflection on life in the midwest at the early settler times? Maybe. I liked the characters but not enough plot for me.

    23. My favorite Willa Cather book. Characters I fell in love with and a view of early life on the Great Plains.

    24. hile Willa Cather may have written a somewhat slow moving text, she was able to capture certain characteristics and mannerisms found in lazy midwestern towns (by no means am I implying that the individuals were lazy, but if you were raised in the midwest, as I was, you aren't running at break-neck speedsow and steady wins the race, remember!) in her novel My Antonia! As I slowly read this novel, the characters, buildings, and relationships also gradually rose from the pages. I particularly loved [...]

    25. This is a charming snapshot of immigrant life on the plains of late 19th century Nebraska through the eyes of an orphaned boy living with his grandparents. There's little to no plot to speak of. Most of the elements of conventional storytelling is missing, yet the descriptions of pioneer life brought some color to what many consider to be a colorless part of the country. There were times when I waited for something to happen, yet nothing really did. I suppose in a lot of ways, this book is like [...]

    26. Cather's descriptions of the prairie and the people that live there are outstanding. Unfortunately the story is non existent and at the finish I felt there had been no point to the book. Most disappointingly, the main character Antonia is not a sympathetic character and is unforgivably uninteresting. Why Jim decided to write a book about her is beyond me.I suppose that if you are dying to know about Cather's experience growing up in the Great Plains (the book's characters are almost without exce [...]

    27. This was my first time reading Willa Cather. O Pioneers really gave a sense of the vastness of the plains. I was disappointed that while Alexandra had such an affinity and understanding of the land she was not intuitive regarding people and that led to such tragedy. Maybe that is pretty realistic when it comes to human nature though, strong in one place, weak in another.My Antonia surprised me because the intro led me to expect more of Antonia but I never saw what Jim saw in her. It made me happ [...]

    28. A Cather classicbut, I kept waiting for some excitement and all that I got was cows growing and lowing. The story of a turn of the (20th) century Nebraska family scratching out a living on the prairie. Also, it traces an extremely resilient girl who grows to womanhood as farm wife and whelps out ten children. To the author's credit, the characters are well developed and I felt that I knew each by the time the story was finis. I kept waiting for Jim and Antonia to run away and live happily ever a [...]

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