Mencken In the mids, not long after I had moved from New York City to Lemmon, South Dakota, I attended a 90th birthday party for a woman who had been one of the original homesteaders in the area, having immigrated from Sweden with her parents in The Lutheran church basement was decorated with crepe-paper streamers, and one table held family photographs — color snapshots of the great-grandchildren, wedding photographs from the s, daguerreotypes of stern-faced ancestors in the Old Country. Some died so young.
Hemingway fans, good people Recommended to Meredith by: Her unhappy marriages and her comfortable ones; her volatile love and her unconsummated longing; and her lone, happy people, are all so different, but so how I see the world. I think the way she writes them is wise.
Unreliable narrators are delightful to read because, in the sense that the author has shown me their unreliability, she has also shown me their uniqueness and humanity. Cather presents the story My Antonia as a story within a story. For a long time, I found it horrifying.
The phrase had some kind of unsettling expectation to it. Now, though, I feel differently. I feel like it is lovely to belong to the people I care about, and the last time someone said it, it was just comfortable and true. Writing across genders is suspicious to me, and so that unreliability piles on to the already suspect character of Jim.
It has the insight of a woman into the motivations of another woman, but it has the gentleness of how a woman sees the emotions of men. Cather always writes domestic stories, but there is also something epic about the tragedies, betrayals, and glory her characters encounter.
The story of the Russian wolves in My Antonia is my favorite. I am a very impressionable young thing, and so when someone explains to me why they love something, it often sticks and colors my interpretation of that thing in the future.
I am staunchly against the prairies, and the pioneers are usually dullsville. In real life, when I am away from mountains for too long I freak out, and I have an aversion to reading about how to live in a dug out.
I love the mountains, and I maintain that they are more beautiful than the prairies, but I could never describe the essence of the places I love like Cather does her places. And her places are ick, so that makes her even more wonderful as a writer. Anyway, I love this book.
I listened to it on audio this time, and the audio is really lovely. They are all wonderful. This one has a quality I like of being driven by character, not plot, but that is not always a draw. The people here are wonderful, timeless, and real. The things they say are things people should say, and they belong to each other the way people should.
It is often brutal, in the way art should be brutal, with real feeling; but, it is not cruel. It tells how we should see each other and how we should be, but also how we do see each other and how we are.
It is a sort of magical world that is also real life, but I think that is how we talk about people we love — suspiciously comfortable; unreliable, but belonging.Introduction: My Antonia by Willa Cather, Review #theclassics.
My Ántonia (Dover Thrift Editions) First published in , at the end of the First World War, My Antonia by Willa Cather, tells the story of what life was like in the American West in the s. The language in the novel is very poetic. My Antonia by Willa Cather: A Review Essay My Antonia by Willa Cather Author: Willa Sibert Cather, Nebraska's most noted author was born in Virginia.
At the age of ten she moved with her family to Webster County, Nebraska. In , the young Cather was plucked from her luxurious home in Virginia and dropped into the tall grass prairies of Nebraska, an experience that exhilarated her and became the force behind all of her great novels - O Pioneer, My Antonia, Death Comes for .
"My Antonia" is a very lovely novel authored by Willa Cather. It is about farm and town life in Nebraska near the end of the Nineteenth Century. The story is told through a male narrator and Antonia is a central figure throughout.
Willa Cather made me love both this title character and the novel. My Antonia is a wonderful early 20th century novel written from a man's point of view as he comes of age in rural Kansas.
"Criticism" spans a century of scholarship on Willa Cather and My Antonia, from contemporary reviews by Henry Walcott Boynton, H. L. Mencken, and Elia W. Peattie to recent critical assessments by Terence Martin, Blanche Gelfant, Jean Schwind, Richard H. Millington, Susan Rosowski, Mike Fischer, Janis Stout, Marilee Lindemann, and Linda Joyce Brown. Posted by bookishjen in Book Reviews, Books, My Antonia, Retro Reviews, Uncategorized, Will Cather ≈ Leave a comment Willa Cather has written several novels, My Ántonia being one of her most famous. Introduction: My Antonia by Willa Cather, Review #theclassics. My Ántonia (Dover Thrift Editions) First published in , at the end of the First World War, My Antonia by Willa Cather, tells the story of what life was like in the American West in the s. The language in the novel is very poetic.
Antonia is an immigrant girl four years older than the narrator, and her story threads in and out of the narrator's. Made for the USA Network, this first film adaptation of Willa Cather's classic novel is a coming-of-age story of set in s Nebraska. Orphaned after his parents die in a smallpox epidemic in Category: Drama.