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My Antonia (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

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14 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Top 10 American novel published during 20th century

Since contemporary novels seldom draw me in and retain my interest past the first 60 pages, I sometimes pursue the bookstore for quality classic literature that I have yet to read. Thanks B&N for including Willa Cather's My Antonia in your Classic Series. Although relat...
Since contemporary novels seldom draw me in and retain my interest past the first 60 pages, I sometimes pursue the bookstore for quality classic literature that I have yet to read. Thanks B&N for including Willa Cather's My Antonia in your Classic Series. Although relatively well-educated and well-read, I discovered this novel when browsing in-store. Cather's story-telling style and vivid descriptions transported me to a different time and place while her character development prompted me to continue reading. The quality of the story made it a page-turner and one of the two novels I have enjoyed reading most in the last 10 years.

posted by JSAlex000 on June 26, 2010

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4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

My Antonia

A young Jim Burden is sent west in the early 1900's to live with his grandparents. On the train to his new house meets a young girl a couple of years older than he is. Although he doesn't know it, this is the beginning of a long-lasting friendship. After settling int...
A young Jim Burden is sent west in the early 1900's to live with his grandparents. On the train to his new house meets a young girl a couple of years older than he is. Although he doesn't know it, this is the beginning of a long-lasting friendship. After settling into his house on the plains of Nebraska, he ventures out to greet his new neighbor. Antonia Shimerda is her name and her family had immigrated from Bohemia. As Jim grows up he has many experiences with Antonia. When Jim is twelve, he and his family move into the nearby town, Black Hawk. Antonia also goes into town to find work. Because they belong to separate 'classes' they start to separate. As Jim settles down and continues his education, Antonia goes wild and goes to every town dance possible. After a failed marriage and an unwanted baby, Antonia moves back into the country to help her family's farm. Jim, meanwhile, transfers from the Lincoln University to Harvard. Forty years later Jim revisits Antonia to find her happily married and living a farm life full of content. Even though Antonia isn't as successful as Jim she seems to get more out of life. My Antonia is a wonderful piece of literature that shows the true meaning of happiness and the life and times of the early 1900's.

posted by Anonymous on April 3, 2005

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    Posted December 29, 2014

    Maximum

    ((Dang it. Screwed up again. I hit a da<_>mn Cyclops.))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2014

    Maximum

    ((Yeah.... I'm gonna go....)) Max ran off in the direction of camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2014

    When you finish

    Bck to camp.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2014

    Ignore Olaf.

    If You May

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2009

    Not Worth It

    This book was not worth it what so ever. The only reason I read it in the first place was for school. Details in a book is good but TOO many details is bad. The main character sometimes describes something way too much, so much that your mind naturally starts to wonder. And when you come back to your senses you're like "What did i just read? Wow that must have been so boring i wasn't even paying attention." If you don't remember it being boring, it must have been reallllllyyyy boring. The characters were dull and there were too many to remember them all. I honestly hate this book with a passion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2008

    A reviewer

    It has and hopefully with be the worst book I tried to read. Take my advise and don't read this. Badly written and boring. could not finish it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2007

    Boring

    I choose My Antonia, for a book report in my history class. I thought it would be a great book to read. In this novel there was no introduction, climax, or resolution and it also was a slow book. I would have liked this book if had some suspense in it, but it didn't. I usually finish a book in a couple of days but this novel took 4 times as long to finish. I usually understand why the book was like it was, but this book didn't make much sense. I would recommend this book to people who like history.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2007

    A Waste of Time

    I chose this novel for a book report in my history class. Because this novel is a classic, I thought that it would be a spectacular read. After reading the first section however, it was clear that My Antonia was one of the most boring and unamusing books I have ever read in my life. I somewhat expected a boring introduction, but it seemed as if the intro never ended. The climax seemed non-existent, as well as the conclusion. The plot consisted of the main character, Jim, recalling his life with Antonia. Their life on farms in Nebraska was not the least bit interesting. The only interesting parts of the novel were when I was able to put the book down. I am usually a very fast and understanding reader, but this novel took my four times as long to finish because I had to re-read sections that I had fallen asleep during. I read this book before I went to sleep in order to put me to sleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2002

    Don't Waste Your Time...

    This is not a good book. My entire junior class was obligated to read this book last year and I couldn't find a single person who enjoyed it. A story about a girl in the middle of cornfields is not an interesting book. I waited through some of the most boring chapters that I've ever read in my life for something upbeat and exciting but this book couldn't deliver. If you enjoy a family that lives on a farm and does virtually nothing for around 300 pages, this book is for you. Otherwise, this is probably the most overrated book I've ever encountered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2000

    uhhhh

    I found the entire story droll and uninteresting. It never was able to capture my interest. I storngly recommend people to stay away from this book at all cost.

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