My Antonia

My Antonia An Ode to a Vanished Way of Life on the Nebraska Plains I d have liked to have you for a sweetheart or a wife or my mother or my sister anything a woman can be to a man The idea of you is part of my

  • Title: My Antonia
  • Author: Willa Cather
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  • An Ode to a Vanished Way of Life on the Nebraska Plains I d have liked to have you for a sweetheart, or a wife, or my mother or my sister anything a woman can be to a man The idea of you is part of my mind you influence my likes and dislikes, all my tastes, hundreds of times when I don t realize it You really are a part of me Willa Cather, My Antonia In Will An Ode to a Vanished Way of Life on the Nebraska Plains I d have liked to have you for a sweetheart, or a wife, or my mother or my sister anything a woman can be to a man The idea of you is part of my mind you influence my likes and dislikes, all my tastes, hundreds of times when I don t realize it You really are a part of me Willa Cather, My Antonia In Willa Cather s My Antonia, thoughts of home and homesickness play a central role in this icon tale of the great plains of Nebraska In this book, Jim Burden reflects on his childhood on the Nebraska prarie and the unforgettable girl, My Antonia.

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    1. I d like to have you for a sweetheart, or a wife, or my mother or my sister anything that a woman can be to a man The idea of you is a part of my mind You influence my likes and dislikes, all my tastes, hundreds of times when I don t realize it You really are a part of me Willa Cather, My Antonia Oh, Jim She really did a number on you I guess it couldn t be helped, because after knowing Antonia Shimerda, I can t help being enad with her myself It is not even easy to say things so illuminating ab [...]

    2. i read this book the same day i found out that sparkling ice had introduced two new flavors, pineapple coconut and lemonade.what does this have to do with anything, you ask well, sparkling ice is sort of a religion with me, and this book was wonderful, so it was kind of a great day, is all i don t have a lot of those.why have i never read willa cather before i m not sure i think i just always associated her with old ladies, and i figured i would read her on my deathbed or something maybe it was [...]

    3. I would have called My ntonia an immigrant novel But then I realized that dubious distinction is reserved only for the creations of writers of colour Jhumpa Lahiri, Zadie Smith, Xiaolu Guo, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sunjeev Sahota, Yiyun Li, Lee Chang Rae and so on and so forth Especially now when the word immigrant , hurled at us ad nauseam from the airwaves and the domains of heated social media discussions, invokes images of gaunt, exhausted but solemnly hopeful faces of Syrians knocking on t [...]

    4. Maybe what I love about Willa Cather is all the kinds of love and belonging she writes 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 I think Jim Burden, the narrator [...]

    5. This Nebraskan prairie civilization is like the dogtown that lives below it It is a web of families favors And that s the way of life Antonia, the magnetic and emblematic figure in the middle of it all in this narrative of remembrance, of singular impressions is a strong rock, a hardworking beacon of goodness in a world that is simultaneously vast asphyxiating, with its rattlesnakes, sicknesses, suicides and slight silver linings Also a sight to behold the kindness of strangers how falling in lo [...]

    6. There seemed to be nothing to see no fences, no creeks or trees, no hills or fields If there was a road, I could not make it out in the faint starlight There was nothing but land not a country at all, but the material out of which countries are made Willa Cather,My ntonia For someone who grew up watching Little House on the Prairie , this was an interesting and nostalgic look at my childhood fancies and romanticized images of frontier life Making a new life, taming the land, and creating somethi [...]

    7. Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again p.259 More than a Wild West story about the adventurous frontier life in the Nebraska plains, I thought My ntonia was a novel about red seas of prairie grass and hard blue skies and black ploughs outlined against crimson suns and adults chasing the casted shadows of their pasts Prior to the comforting embrace of the Nebraskan landscape there was only the most profound homesickness Homesickness for an aban [...]

    8. Here lie glorious character sketches Be sure to pay your respects I dragged my feet I came late to the party I regret it.This is one of those books I ve known about for ages, but was ignorant and flat out mistaken about its subject matter A friend in college wrote a poem based off of it and my impression from that experience was that My Antonia was about a man describing a woman for the length of an entire novel That would be a gross oversimplification of the book It s so much than that.It s on [...]

    9. than anything else I felt motion in the landscape in the fresh, easy blowing morning wind, and in the earth itself, as if the shaggy grass were a sort of loose hide, and underneath it herds of wild buffalo were galloping, gallopingHigh Plains mixed grass prairie during springtime Near Harrison, Nebraska.From Flickr, by flickr photos terranoWilla CatherWilla Cather born 1873 near Winchester Virginia Her family moved to Nebraska in 1883 when she was nine, joining her father s parents out there Af [...]

    10. What a spell Willa Cather weaves in this, the final book of her Great Plains Trilogy, sometimes known as the Prairie Trilogy This novel, than any of the two previous novels, reminded me absurdly yet so strongly of Kent Haruf s novels Absurdly Yes their time frame is separated by a few generations and their locations separated by a few States in between Yet, it is the atmosphere created, the way the stories are told simply yet clearly and with great feeling these are the qualities that make me w [...]

    11. An ton ee ahThat s how her name is pronounced, and not like An tow niya which is how I always thought it was I found this clarification, at the very start of the book, remarkable for me because it changed the way I read about her, till the very last page At every mention of her name, my mind tried to pronounce it the Bohemian way, thus, never letting me forget the eccentricity and congeniality of this unforgettable character.I have somehow spent almost a month reading this little book and in tha [...]

    12. It is a daunting task to find anything fresh to say about a book that is justifiably regarded as a classic, so I will keep this one fairly short Willa Cather moved with her family from New England to rural Nebraska as a child, at a time when new farmland there was still being pioneered, so this tale of the state s development and specifically the experiences of the first generation immigrant farming families from Eastern Europe and Scandinavia that settled it, is inevitably coloured by her own e [...]

    13. She makes me revel in the beauty of four seasons burning summers when the world lies green and billowy beneath a brilliant skye color and smell of strong weeds and heavy harvests blustery winters with little snow, when the whole country is stripped bare and gray as sheet iron I read her and I forsake all others, for she tells me that no one can give the sensation of place through narrative, and also deliver such soul stirring and wistful storytelling quite like she can.She gives me quiet country [...]

    14. James Quayle Burden, loses both his parents, at the tender age of ten in Virginia, by the Blue Ridge Mountains, sent by relatives to his grandparents Josiah and Emmaline Burden , by train, in the custody of a trusted employee, that worked for his late father , teenager Jake Marpole, reaching the farm, safely, in the still wild prairie state of Nebraska, newly settled, by Americans, the Indians have been scattered, and are no longer a threat , but the harsh frontier land remains untamed Colorful [...]

    15. Two old friends meet on a train They grew up together in the same town, and lived in the same city, New York, although they hardly ever saw each other there They decided to do an unusual thing They would write down their memories of one particular girl In a community filled with the good, the bad and the unbelievable, she unknowingly became the primary color in many people s pictures of their lives on the remote prairies of Nebraska She simply refused to fade away in anyone s memories Middle age [...]

    16. My rating for My ntonia 5 stars shining brightly in the cloudless Nebraska sky, so vividly and lovingly evoked by Willa Cather in this elegiac novel about farmers and immigrant settlers making lives for themselves in the harsh, beautiful, bountiful prairies Sorry about that graceless run on incomplete sentence Cather, with her clear, descriptive, unpretentious prose, would never commit such a sin Some people and places are forever etched in our memories Can you recall the landscapes of your chil [...]

    17. To speak her name was to call up pictures of peoples and places, to set a quiet drama going in one s brain My Antonia is a story of home and homesickness Of the memories of a lost home that persist in the mindscape as the warm gusts of wind and the singing of the larks The home of that golden sunshine and yellow leaves, red shaggy grass and blue skies The images which make me think of home as the quietest, friendliest corner of a crowded and uncaring street, of that kind touch in midst of the fa [...]

    18. Like The Great Gatsby, I somehow avoided having to read this in high school, although I remember a lot of my friends reading Cather s book for Honors English while I was suffering through Summer of My German Soldier in regular people English Turns out, even if you re a voracious teenage reader, they still don t let you take honors classes if you spend your entire high school career constantly being one bad quiz away from straight up flunking whatever math class you re in at the time I don t reme [...]

    19. When I first arrived in Indiana in August 2004, I didn t know what I was expecting My ancestors had first arrived in that Midwestern state in 1820, when it was still comparatively wild and unsettled They were the true pioneers, but nonetheless, as I got out of my little Corolla to stretch my legs, I felt like I was a trailblazer, too.We had stopped at a little gas station and truck stop just beyond the Indiana state line I took a moment to call the relatives, let them know I was two hours awayd [...]

    20. My latest encounter with a masterwork a novel I just completed in order to teach, and one that seduced me wonderfully and quite unexpectedly Cather s Nebraska story goes over ground that s never much mattered to me, Midwestern farm country Yet she made made the experience ache and thrill marvelously, via her poetic command of landscape and season, her exactitude when it comes to tools and foods and skin texture, and above all her penetrating sympathy for every figure, from the venal to the saint [...]

    21. Perhaps an example of the danger of reading something before being intellectually or critically able to handle it I wasn t forced to read this in high school but it was on a list of books an English teacher asked us to choose from and report on.The experience was so awful that I ve never cracked another Cather novel since.Added 12 29 08 Apparently I was not the only young man traumatized by an early experience with Cather In a completely serendipitous convergence I came across this paragraph in [...]

    22. If there were no girls like them in the world, there would be no poetry.Frankly, I don t quite trust myself to put into words just how beautiful and hypnotizing Willa Cather s writing and story telling ability is This is one of those books you just have to read for yourself The prose in this novel is outstanding and the characters and setting come to life as easily as breathing Trust me, this is a hidden gem in a sea of classics.

    23. Like many kids, the first real books I loved were Laura Ingalls Wilder s Little House on the Prairie series Their great and continuing popularity makes perfect sense Kids crave security and a sense of protection Little House on the Prairie hammered on that theme repeatedly, while only giving the reader a frisson of the actual dangers and hardships of frontier life There was never any explicit threat in any of the books, with the exception of the near fatal cold in The Long Winter the one book in [...]

    24. My ntonia Great Plains Trilogy 3 , Willa Cather My ntonia is a novel published in 1918 by American writer Willa Cather, considered one of her best works It is the final book of her Great Plains trilogy of novels, preceded by O Pioneers and The Song of the Lark The novel tells the stories of an orphaned boy from Virginia, Jim Burden, and the elder daughter in a family of Bohemian immigrants, ntonia Shimerda, who are each brought as children to be pioneers in Nebraska towards the end of the 19th c [...]

    25. A Cornhusk3.5er a worthy trip to the Great Plains, but not especially compelling This 1918 novel is a nice portrait of a slice of American frontier life as experienced by immigrants and women in the late 1800s.With a fascinated child s keen eye, Cather s narrator Jim Burden recalls Antonia Shimerda, his childhood friend and crush who moved to the Nebraska prairie frontier with her stout and sturdy Bohemian immigrant parents as they searched for better living The portrayal of the austerity of fro [...]

    26. La puntuaci n alta se debe en parte a la nostalgia este libro me recordaba a mi abuela Describe la vida de mujeres que de ni as adolescentes dejaron sus granjas para ir a trabajar como sirvientas y as ayudar a la econom a familiar S , puede que se trate de mujeres inmigrantes, y mi abuela no lo era, pero hay parte de la misma adversidad y los mismos prejuicios de las chicas de ciudad a su origen rural que mi abuela sol a relatar.Eso no quiere decir que las cinco estrellas se deban solo a mis sen [...]

    27. I m not sure I can tell you what s so great about My Antonia, except that you can t read it without loving its subject, or at least I couldn t And that it s transparent miraculously so as without flash or ego as anything I ve read in a long time But ironically, this rare attribute may help conceal Cather s artistry In her earlier O Pioneers , from the first line her virtuosity was evident, but perhaps if I hadn t been so impressed by it there I wouldn t so instinctively have grasped it here Cert [...]

    28. I should probably start off by mentioning this isn t my favourite sort of story to read about I don t particularly care about prairie life or this era of America, so I d probably never love this book That being said, I d heard enough good things about it to give it a try In the end I had mixed feelings, there were parts of the story that really drew me in and I liked the writing, but at other times I lost interest in the characters and the setting Glad to have read it, but I probably won t read [...]

    29. The only thing very noticeable about Nebraska was that it was still, all day long, Nebraska I have my own charming story about the endless rolling hills of Nebraska When my husband and I first moved across the country from Oregon to Indiana, we spent a long day driving across Nebraska after spending a night there As staunch Oregonians we were dying for some real coffee but whenever we asked, from Utah to Wyoming, people would shrug and say we have coffee and point to the gas station offerings It [...]

    30. Cather s beloved work is an nostalgic paean to her past, the prose even assured than in her previous two novels But whether it s because this one lacks the straightforwardness of O Pioneers or the character arc in The Song of the Lark, its episodic structure failed to pull me in.The most important element for me is the historical one that Cather has left us, the focus on the hard working immigrant women who made a life for their families on the prairie despite extreme hardships, including the d [...]

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