O Pioneers! [NOOK Book]

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O Pioneers! is a historical classic written by Willa Cather and first published in 1913. "The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman," writes Willa Cather in O Pioneers! The country is America, the woman is Alexandra Bergson, a fiercely independent young Swedish immigrant girl who inherits her father’s farm in Nebraska. A model of emotional strength, courage, and resolve, Alexandra fights long and hard to transform her father’s patch of raw, wind-blasted prairie into a highly profitable ...
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Overview

O Pioneers! is a historical classic written by Willa Cather and first published in 1913. "The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman," writes Willa Cather in O Pioneers! The country is America, the woman is Alexandra Bergson, a fiercely independent young Swedish immigrant girl who inherits her father’s farm in Nebraska. A model of emotional strength, courage, and resolve, Alexandra fights long and hard to transform her father’s patch of raw, wind-blasted prairie into a highly profitable business. A gripping saga of love, murder, greed, failure, and triumph, O Pioneers! vividly portrays the hardships of prairie life. Above all, it champions the belief that hard work is the surest road to personal fulfillment.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013839793
  • Publisher: United Holdings Group
  • Publication date: 12/12/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 300 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2004

    Great Classic

    I was a bit hesitant to read this because I have always hated 'classics' and I figured I'd have a difficult time getting into it. I was way off. I breezed right through this book and I loved it! I love reading about the hardships of the frontier life. Also this book is written really smoothly, none of the usual hard to read problem that a lot of classics have.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2000

    Okay, but not great

    Cather is a very talented writer and uses many allusions making the book interesting and charming. Her decriptions of charachters such as Alexandra Bergson is imperssive, not to mention that the whole theme of this story is humbling and teaches a lesson. READ IT!!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2006

    A Slice of America's Heartland by Cather

    This beautiful novel deserves much more than a five-star rating. One of the greatest American classics. Highly recommended for all.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2000

    One of the best novels I have ever read

    Willa Cather has written a wonderful and inventive novel about the open prarier and the hardships immagrent families had to face. I recommend this book to any one who is interested in romance, adventure, and historical novels. An all around great book

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2000

    The Grass Will Always Grow

    Although O Pioneers! May induce thoughts of adventure and toils on the risky Nebraska wild lands, it has a fairly calm tone. The adventures, or should I say slow happenings over a twenty- five year span, are about as exciting as watching the grass grow, which is almost what this book is about. When you meet the main character and her family, she is fifteen, with three brothers a dying father and a mother who complains of the old country. Even though the ground never got to bumpy and the wagon only tipped over once or twice, this story wasn't that bad. I think you could have cut out a few chapters of watching the grass grow and still had that never-ending life on the farm effect. I wouldn't recommend O Pioneers! If your looking for a suspense filled thriller but if you are looking for a nice calm book about the trials of pioneering, this is it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2000

    Brilliance in Cather's Sesitivity to Pioneer Life

    Willa Cather demonstrates that she is at ease with her writing and with her idealization of pioneer life in early America. The story peeks into the heart of a true farmer, one who has an innate love for the land. With simplicity of language and an intriguing development of events, the author cradles the reader into the realm of Alexandra's passionate mission, and allows the reader to taste of the bitterness of the stubborn land as well as bask in the glory of the taming of the land. This is where 'John Steinbeck meets Laura Ingalls Wilder,' and the journey is filled with breathtaking prairies, suspenseful moments of tension, and the joy of life, itself! This is Willa Cather in her most natural voice, a voice filled with wisdom, trasparency, and the pain that develops from failure while forming the substance of character.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Outstanding.

    Should be required reading for everyone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

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    O Pio­neers!By Willa Cather was writ­ten in 1913 and is con­sid­

    O Pio­neers!By Willa Cather was writ­ten in 1913 and is con­sid­ered the first novel of the Great Plains tril­ogy. The novel has many themes includ­ing iso­la­tion, love and feminism.

    The Bergsons immi­grated from Switzer­land to Hanover, Nebraska at the turn of the 20th Cen­tury. When the patri­arch of the fam­ily dies, his daugh­ter Alexan­dra, inher­its the farm and devotes her life to mak­ing it a viable enter­prise at a time when oth­ers give up and leave.

    I’ve only been recently intro­duced to the writ­ing of Willa Cather. I believe it was on some “top 100” list (who said they’re lame?) and fig­ured I’ll give it a try.

    O Pio­neers! by Willa Cather is con­sid­ered a clas­sic and I can cer­tainly under­stand why. The writ­ing is out­stand­ing and it has all the mak­ings of the great Amer­i­can novel. The story tells of hard work, wide eyed inno­cence towards the future and oppor­tu­ni­ties abound as seen through the eyes of the immi­grant class.

    The scenery plays a major part in the novel, the lyri­cal episodes about the pas­toral land are sprawl­ing and majes­tic. As is with many other nov­els, the set­ting of the harsh and beau­ti­ful land is play­ing out as another char­ac­ter in the book. The Mid­west­ern prairie which the pio­neers labor over is an essen­tial part of char­ac­ter devel­op­ment and pro­found under­stand­ing of them­selves, the land and life.

    On the con­trary, the parts which deal with peo­ple are con­cise and spar­ring much like the per­son­al­i­ties of those that worked the acrid land. Cather man­ages to con­vey the sense of com­mu­nity despite the vast­ness of the land, a tes­ta­ment to her writ­ing skills and abil­ity to per­son­al­ize a storyline.

    While I loved the descrip­tions and prose, the dia­log seemed a bit stilted, it just didn’t seem as if that’s how the char­ac­ters would­speak, espe­cially when among friends and rel­a­tives. How­ever the sto­ry­line is exem­plary and the char­ac­ter­i­za­tion – amaz­ing; I found myself car­ing about the peo­ple in the story and breath­lessly wait­ing to find out what will hap­pen to them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2012

    Why???

    I am reading this book for school. I am a sophmore and i am already hooked, even though i am only on chapter 5! If we werent going so slowly and filling out worksheets, i would have already finished this book. I am so excited to finish it and i highly suggest it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2012

    Check it out!

    This is a well written book. Willa Cather is an excellent author and knows how to hold one's interest. Vewy interesting to read and fairly easy. Really enjoyed it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    A GOOD LOOK AT PIONEER LIFE

    While this book was not exciting, nor did it particularly have anything to keep me vitally interested, it was a good look at the lives of some of America's pioneers, exploring not only their lives and circumstances, but many of their feelings. It affirmed that people in that time were very much like us in desires and needs; but often their opportunities to meet those needs and desires was greatly diminished. Many good insights into a life past, and plenty to make me very grateful for the "easy" life I have.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    Highly Recommend

    Wonderful book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    Such beautiful descriptive words (and that's saying something for the Nebraska prairie). As with her other books, she first paints a picture of the landscape and you don't realize that the story has also been hued into the painting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2007

    A good read

    I thought the book started out slow but ended with a bang, literally. I enjoyed the color symbolism and it was an ok novel.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2000

    Horrilble

    This was one of the worst books I have ever read. Don't read it. There is no plot involved.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2014

    Idiots

    You people are sooooo childish, and insufferable! You additudes are vxatious.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Worth it

    Engaging

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2013

    Slow

    Beautifully written? I suppose so. Personally I like novels with more action, so this one is just good for bedtime reading. Moves so slowly it puts me to sleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    &theta &delta &elian

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    Sofia

    I cant rp anymore im sorry

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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