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My Antonia - Willa Cather

“There was nothing but land; not a country at all, but the material out of which countries are made.”

The narrator of the story is Jim Burden. A recently orphaned kid from Virginia who goes to start a new life with his grandparents Josiah and Emmaline at their farm in Nebraska at the turn of the last century. At the same time that Jim arrives so do a Bohemian family The Shimerda’s (not Bohemian as in smoking roll ups and discussing Chekov, Bohemian as in the old name of the country that is now the Czech Republic) who are new immigrants to America and have travelled to the frontier territories to carve out a life for themselves. The eldest daughter of the Shimerda’s is Antonia (An-ton-ee-ah) and Jim takes us through his and her life growing up on neighbouring farms and their friendship which develops over the Harsh and stunning seasons of the Badland state of Nebraska.

This is the first book of Willa Cather’s I have read and it was recommended on here by Mr. Cutsyke (Ta Cuts). It’s the first book in what is known as Cather’s ‘Prarie Trilogy’ and on the strength of it I have downloaded the other two books in the series. Originally published in 1918 it pre-dates John Steinbeck’s East of Eden by twenty odd years but there are many similarities in how both writers passion for the terrain in which they themselves lived and set their stories is apparent on every page. Jim’s Grandfather and patriarch of the Burden family Josiah has a lot of the same traits as my favourite character from EOE Sam Hamilton.

But enough of the comparisons with another writer. A woman with the insight and writing talent like Willa Cather stands shoulder to shoulder in the company of any of other big hitters of American literature from the last century. A thoroughly enjoyable novel. Free on Kindle.
Late Doors

 Ace review as usual , sounds great. One of these days i'm going to get around to reading some of this great Americana literature mesen

But for the record Bohemians don't discuss Checkov at all. They aren't even fans of Star Trek.
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Late Doors wrote:
 Ace review as usual , sounds great. One of these days i'm going to get around to reading some of this great Americana literature mesen

But for the record Bohemians don't discuss Checkov at all. They aren't even fans of Star Trek.


Grind

Quality.  
Forest

Enjoyed it. Similar recommendations are welcome.
Grind

Is it anything like My Sharona?

* Taps with Bic on armrest.

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