O Pioneers! (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

O Pioneers! (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

by Willa Cather, Chris Kraus
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O Pioneers! (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 217 reviews.
klynneh More than 1 year ago
This was the first Willa Cather book I have ever read, and I was not disappointed. This novel is short, but spans over a woman's life from teenage years past her forties, with love stories, conflicts, murders, sweet characters, strange characters, mean characters. I just loved it. Not to mention that Willa Cather's view of America's land is beautiful to read. It gives you a sense of appreciation for things that you may have overlooked, or that you could never quite put into such words as Willa Cather. I got the sense that Alexandra was greatly inspired by Willa Cather herself, which also adds to the book. This book was a very quick read, but one I am sure I will read many times. I also plan to give her other writings a read as well!
TheQuillPen More than 1 year ago
Will Cather's O Pioneers! certainly left an impression on me, as any good book should. The novella, a haunting, even troublesome, story of the life of European immigrants in Nebraska at the end of the 19th century, belies Cather's simple, casual style by providing deep insights into the human condition and life itself. Cather claimed she "wanted to let the country be the hero," and she definitely succeeds in her purpose. In fact, none of the characters--least of all Alexandra Bergson, the protagonist--display profound depth or dynamism in and of themselves, but Cather places her "human characters" in the background for a reason. Her story ultimately focuses on the interaction between Man and Nature, as well as humanity's continual struggle against perceived "fate." Deeply tragic yet (paradoxically enough) hopeful and satisfying, O Pioneers! takes the reader on a journey through the melancholy regions of life, refusing to glamorize pain and hardship. However, Cather finally concludes that loss constitutes an integral part of the human experience and essentially serves to refine each individual. Recommended!
Emilsay More than 1 year ago
I read O Pioneers for school but quickly found it was more of a for-fun read- I enjoyed every page and only wish it were longer. The characters are so amazingly real that the reader becomes easily attached to them. I really felt as though I was in the book as I experienced this amazing tale.
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
I bought this book as a gift for my niece who is a book worm. Willa Cather paints her stories. She is a wonderful writer. Great stories, great characters. This is a classic of the pioneering days in the Midwest. I highly recommend all her books.
RLVL More than 1 year ago
I read this in High School and 40 plus years later my Book Club decided to read it. Got so much more out of it now - It is a wonderful easy yet very deep meaning story.
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An ok read.
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I liked the part where Emil was fussing about his kitten.
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