My Antonia is a classic tale of pioneer life in the American Midwest. The novel details daily life in the newly settled plains of Nebraska through the eyes of Jim Burden, who recounts memories of a childhood shared with a girl named Antonia Shimerda, the daughter of a family who have emigrated... show more
My Antonia is a classic tale of pioneer life in the American Midwest. The novel details daily life in the newly settled plains of Nebraska through the eyes of Jim Burden, who recounts memories of a childhood shared with a girl named Antonia Shimerda, the daughter of a family who have emigrated from Bohemia. As adults, Jim leaves the prairie for college and a career in the east, while Antonia devotes herself to her large family and productive farm. When he returns Jim sees that although Antonia is careworn, she remains "a rich mine of life, like the founders of early races,". Full of stirring descriptions of the prairie's beautiful yet terrifying landscape, and the rich ethnic mix of immigrants and native-born Americans who chose to restart their lives there, My Antonia mythologized a period of American history that was lost before its value could be understood.This new edition provides a critically up-to-date introduction and detail notes which put the events and themes of the book in full historical context. Also included are Cather's original and revised introductions to her novel.About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Publish date: April 1st 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages no: 196
Edition language: English
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Series: Great Plains Trilogy (#3)
This is one of those classics that didn't do much for me, unfortunately. It's the sort of book teenagers forced to read it for school must loathe, full of lengthy, vivid descriptions of the landscape and without a driving plot - rather, it describes a couple of people growing up. Certainly it is a w...
A most poignant fictional story told as a memoir by Jim Burden of his childhood friend Antonia. At the turn of the century in the late 1800's, Jim is orphaned and moves from Virginia to live with his grandparents on the Nebraska prairie and a life of farming. The Burdens are a perfect example of n...
Man, I love this book. I tried reading it once before, 10 or 15 years ago, and let the "frame" stand in the way. (To be fair, it's pretty lame—as most frames are.) So glad I gave it another shot, though, and got past that this time. Cather's writing here is on a par with O Pioneers!. She fleshes o...
I was warned before I read this book that it had a very sad ending, but really I think it had the opposite. The book ends with people finding joy in whatever their circumstances. I can't believe I never got around to reading this book before!
Did you know that in parts of Nebraska, you can still see the Oregon Trail? Not the highway that goes along the route of the trail, but the actual wagon wheel ruts. I foresee a day in which people forget what they are, and are puzzled by them. I thought about the wagon wheel ruts while I was read...