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Book Title: My Antonia / O Pioneers!|
Date of issue: May 18th 2011
ISBN 13: 9780547555027
The author of the book: Willa Cather
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 592 KB
Edition: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Read full description of the books My Antonia / O Pioneers!: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 product of Norwegian and German immigrants, who had also immigrated around this same time. Many of the stories I heard growing up were similar to this story and its a time period heavily taught in school, through books and movies. The story also reminded me of a grown up version of the Little House on the Prairie books, which I also loved as a child. I was disappointed to read reviews who complained that there was no plot. This was simply the story of multiple families who crossed paths at a pivotal point in time, in Black Hawk, Nebraska, and we get the first person perspective of that experience through our narrator, Jim Burden. The story didn't need a plot...the story is about life. You can't have a better plot than that. I highly recommend this story to anyone who wants to know more about life on the prairie or who simply appreciates this special and unique time in our Country's history.
Read information about the authorWilella Sibert Cather was born in Back Creek Valley (Gore), Virginia, in December 7, 1873. Her novels on frontier life brought her to national recognition. In 1923 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, One of Ours (1922), set during World War I. She grew up in Virginia and Nebraska. She then attended the University of Nebraska, initially planning to become a physician, but after writing an article for the Nebraska State Journal, she became a regular contributor to this journal. Because of this, she changed her major and graduated with a bachelor's degree in English. After graduation in 1894, she worked in Pittsburgh as writer for various publications and as a school teacher for approximately 13 years, thereafter moving to New York City for the remainder of her life. She traveled widely and often spent summers in New Brunswick, Canada. In later life, she experienced much negative criticism for her conservative politics and became reclusive, burning some of her letters and personal papers, including her last manuscript. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1943. In 1944, Cather received the gold medal for fiction from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, an award given once a decade for an author's total accomplishments. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 73 in New York City.
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