MY ANTONIA [NOOK Book]

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INTRODUCTION

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 Burden, as we ...
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MY ANTONIA

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Overview

INTRODUCTION

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 Burden, 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 observation 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 stimulating extremes of climate: burning summers when the
world lies green and billowy beneath a brilliant sky, when one is fairly
stifled in vegetation, 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 could know anything about it. It was a
kind of freemasonry, we said.


Although Jim Burden and I both live in New York, and are old friends, I
do not see much of him there. He is legal counsel for one of the great
Western railways, and is sometimes away from his New York office for
weeks together. That is one reason why we do not often meet. Another is
that I do not like his wife.

When Jim was still an obscure young lawyer, struggling to make his way
in New York, his career was suddenly advanced by a brilliant marriage.
Genevieve Whitney was the only daughter of a distinguished man. Her
marriage with young Burden was the subject of sharp comment at the time.
It was said she had been brutally jilted by her cousin, Rutland Whitney,
and that she married this unknown man from the West out of bravado. She
was a restless, headstrong girl, even then, who liked to astonish
her friends. Later, when I knew her, she was always doing something
unexpected. She gave one of her town houses for a Suffrage headquarters,
produced one of her own plays at the Princess Theater, was arrested
for picketing during a garment-makers' strike, etc. I am never able to
believe that she has much feeling for the causes to which she lends her
name and her fleeting interest. She is handsome, energetic, executive,
but to me she seems unimpressionable and temperamentally incapable of
enthusiasm. Her husband's quiet tastes irritate her, I think, and she
finds it worth while to play the patroness to a group of young poets and
painters of advanced ideas and mediocre ability. She has her own fortune
and lives her own life. For some reason, she wishes to remain Mrs. James
Burden.

As for Jim, no disappointments have been severe enough to chill his
naturally romantic and ardent disposition. This disposition, though it
often made him seem very funny when he was a boy, has been one of the
strongest elements in his success. He loves with a personal passion the
great country through which his railway runs and branches. His faith
in it and his knowledge of it have played an important part in its
development. He is always able to raise capital for new enterprises in
Wyoming or Montana, and has helped young men out there to do remarkable
things in mines and timber and oil. If a young man with an idea can once
get Jim Burden's attention, can manage to accompany him when he goes off
into the wilds hunting for lost parks or exploring new canyons, then the
money which means action is usually forthcoming. Jim is still able to
lose himself in those big Western dreams. Though he is over forty now,
he meets new people and new enterprises with the impulsiveness by which
his boyhood friends remember him. He never seems to me to grow older.
His fresh color and sandy hair and quick-changing blue eyes are those
of a young man, and his sympathetic, solicitous interest in women is as
youthful as it is Western and American.

During that burning day when we were crossing Iowa, our talk kept
returning to a central figure, a Bohemian girl whom we had known
long ago and whom both of us admired. More than any other person we
remembered, this girl seemed to mean to us the country, the conditions,
the whole adventure of our childhood. To speak her name was to call
up pictures of people and places, to set a quiet drama going in one's
brain.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613103937
  • Publisher: Library of Alexandria
  • Publication date: 9/29/2000
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 517 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2014

    Great novel, even better as a 99-cent Nook book

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2014

    Good history read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2014

    Adventurous, exciting, & compelling!!!!!!

    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! :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Bleh

    I am 11 and have a reading level of a softmore in college. This book put me right to sleep. Unless you are looking for a bedtime story for a fussy toddler, stop here!!!!!!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2013

    My antonia

    When i was given this assignment for school, i was somwhat apprehensive because their is a beige blob on the cove, and dont get me wrong, i love beige, i just dont like reading about beige for 300 pages. But i figured, these people are professional educators, they must know what they are doing. About 20 pages into this book, i realized: no they are not professional educators, they are inflictory of child mental torture. This book has no story line, and the whole book is about( as probibly ptesumed by the cover) a girl named antonia. In a corn field. In Nabraska. Sounds interesting riight. I am literally warning you for your life.... DO NOT READ THIS BOOK UNLESS YOU ARE IN PRISON AND HAVE NOTHING BETTER TO DO OR KNOW FOR SURE THAT YOU ARE ABOUT TO DIE. Literally by the time i finished this book, blood was pooring out of my eyes. Remenber this, you have been warned. And if your teacher ever mentiong that you might read this book, run out of the classroom dcreaming before it is too late!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2013

    Beautiful characters, relationship, and history

    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.

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  • Posted June 23, 2013

    A friend gave me this book and I read it. I thanked my friend m

    A friend gave me this book and I read it. I thanked my friend many times for gifting me with such a GREAT book, and Cather's other books are just as good.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Wondeful story

    Good read ... in it's simplicty it tells a great story of growing up.

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  • Posted February 10, 2012

    An American classic by a marvelous writer!

    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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  • Posted April 22, 2011

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    a pleasant read

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2002

    City Gurl Loves This Country Love Story

    I live in NYC and realting my personal experineces to this book was hard. But the one thing that I felt and that the rest of the world can feel is the beauty of the love story. Even though I have never been out side of NYC this book takes my mind body and soul far west. A book you won't be able to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2000

    A splendid novel

    One summer, one of summer reading books was My Antonia. I waited until the last minute to do it. I had to order it on cassette in order to finish it. I got it and finished it in about a week. It helped me finish it a lot faster, although I didn't like the way I couldn't play it on my normal cassette player. I had to go out and buy a cassette player with ''balance control.'' I also didn't like the way it had a ''B'' side and I got lost several times and it took me a while to find my place. In the end, I was glad I bought it, enjoyed the book, and it helped me immensely. And one more thing. Why do books on cassette cost so much!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2000

    My Antonia as a Classroom Reading

    For a class of high school juniors this book was not rated with an outstanding recomendation. The teens had a hard time keeping interest and reading on was more of a 'required assignment' then a 'I can't wait to see what happens next'. The teens that read this book in my class enjoyed the story line but had a hard time reading because there was nothing that they could relate to. This book would be excilent for adults who can appreciate the work that Willa Cather has done. I have heard nothing but good remarks from the adult world. However I would advise teachers to pick something that would be of more interest to high school aged people.

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