My Antonia

My Antonia

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by Willa Sibert Cather
     
 

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Last summer I happened to be crossing the
plains of Iowa in a season of intense heat, and it
was my good fortune to have for a traveling
companion James Quayle Burden — Jim Bur-
den, as we still call him in the West. He and I are
old friends — we grew up together in the same
Nebraska town — and we had much to say to

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Last summer I happened to be crossing the
plains of Iowa in a season of intense heat, and it
was my good fortune to have for a traveling
companion James Quayle Burden — Jim Bur-
den, as we still call him in the West. He and I are
old friends — we grew up together in the same
Nebraska town — and we had much to say to
each other. While the train flashed through
never-ending miles of ripe wheat, by country
towns and bright-flowered pastures and oak
groves wilting in the sun, we sat in the observa-
tion car, where the woodwork was hot to the
touch and red dust lay deep over everything.
The dust and heat, the burning wind, reminded
us of many things. We were talking about what
it is like to spend one's childhood in little towns
like these, buried in wheat and corn, under stim-
ulating extremes of climate: burning summers
when the world lies green and billowy beneath
a brilliant sky, when one is fairly stifled in vege-
tation, in the 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. We agreed that no one
who had not grown up in a little prairie town

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013770164
Publisher:
tbooks
Publication date:
01/11/2012
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
452
File size:
870 KB

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My Antonia 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can read lots of reviews of this book. It is a beautiful novel about American life on the prairie in the late 1800's. The main characters are an American orphan boy living with his grandparents and am immigrant girl. The story follows them from aged 10 or so thru middle age. I'll make 1 comment about the 99-cent Nook book. It isn't indexed like a regular nook book, no hot-linked table-of-contents/chapters. No integrated dictionary. I didn't know that when I bought it. I would have bought it anyway. Barnes and Noble, keep the 99-cent books coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book as reading history of long ago reveals how life changes but really don't every hundred years. Love the people in this story.
Bookworm14SY More than 1 year ago
My Antonia is very exquisite for those who enjoy history, adventures, and suspense. For young aged kids for example middle schoolers through high school is recommended. You won't be disappointed in the piece of literature! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A classic historical look on hoew it was in the Old West. I lovee hhow it showed the women of the pioneer days.
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I vowed to read a few classics, and My Antonia crossed my path first. This book captures life for immigrant families on the prairies. The author excels in providing descriptive detail of the stunning scenery and complex true characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read ... in it's simplicty it tells a great story of growing up.
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BarbaraB3922 More than 1 year ago
When Willa Cather writes about the immigrants who came to America and settled on the plains of Nebraska, the reader gains an understanding of the history, the hardships and the endurance of these courageous men and women. My Antonia is a classic that endures because of its characters, the excellent writing, and the lessons we can learn of the history of this great country. I waited decades before I picked up this book and I am sorry I waited so long!
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chillier-1_ More than 1 year ago
This was a pleasant read, nice to put yourselves in the farm life of the past in the midwest. Didn't love it, but for the price, it was worth it.
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