Widely recognized as Willa Cather's finest book and one of the outstanding novels of American literature, My Antonia details of the life of early American pioneers in Nebraska.
Through Jim Burden's endearing, smitten voice, we revisit the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the Nebraska heartland, with all its insistent bonds. Guiding the way are some of literature's most beguiling characters: the Russian brothers plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, Antonia's desperately homesick father and self-indulgent mother, and the coy Lena Lingard. Holding the pastoral society's heart, of course, is the bewitching, free-spirited Antonia.
Infused with a gracious passion for the land, My Antonia is a deeply moving portrait of an entire community and its way of life.
"No romantic novel ever written in America, by man or woman, is one half so beautiful as
My Antonia." (H. L. Mencken)"
My Antonia is packed with the feel of the country. A scant paragraph sets you out on the plains, and the breath of the wind that billows the long grass never leaves your face." (
Chicago Daily News)"In Antonia, Willa Cather portrays one of the great women of literature: strong, capable, and honest.
My Antonia is a book to read to children to show them what women can be, or to read and remind yourself." (Erica Bauermeister,
500 Great Books by Women)
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Sweet, but vaguely disappointing
Pioneering life, love and loss on the prairie