My Antonia (Illustrated) and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
CDN$ 4.90
  • List Price: CDN$ 6.00
  • You Save: CDN$ 1.10 (18%)
FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25.
Usually ships within 3 to 4 weeks.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
My Ántonia has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

My Ántonia Paperback – Oct 21 1994


See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
CDN$ 4.90
CDN$ 0.01 CDN$ 0.01

Amazon.ca: Spring 2015 Books Preview
CDN$ 4.90 FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25. Usually ships within 3 to 4 weeks. Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.


Frequently Bought Together

My Ántonia + Frankenstein
Price For Both: CDN$ 9.30

One of these items ships sooner than the other.

Buy the selected items together


Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; New edition edition (Oct. 21 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486282406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486282404
  • Product Dimensions: 20.9 x 13.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #51,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • See Complete Table of Contents

Product Description

From the Back Cover

My Ántonia evokes the Nebraska prairie life of Willa Cather's childhood, and commemorates the spirit and courage of immigrant pioneers in America. One of Cather's earliest novels, written in 1918, it is the story of Ántonia Shimerda, who arrives on the Nebraska frontier as part of a family of Bohemian emigrants. Her story is told through the eyes of Jim Burden, a neighbor who will befriend Ántonia, teach her English, and follow the remarkable story of her life.
Working in the fields of waving grass and tall corn that dot the Great Plains, Ántonia forges the durable spirit that will carry her through the challenges she faces when she moves to the city. But only when she returns to the prairie does she recover her strength and regain a sense of purpose in life. In the quiet, probing depth of Willa Cather's art, Ántonia's story becomes a mobbing elegy to those whose persistence and strength helped build the American frontier.

About the Author

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Willa Cather (1873–1947) spent her formative years in Nebraska, which was at that time frontier territory. Her exposure to the region's dramatic environment and intrinsic hardships — along with its diverse population of European-Americans, Native Americans, and immigrants — shaped and informed much of her fiction.


Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Table of Contents | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

By Lawyeraau TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 19 2006
Format: Paperback
I first read this book when I was in junior high school. I admit that, at the time, I did not appreciate the strengths of the book and the quality of its writing. I am quite glad that I decided to give it another chance, as, having re-read it, I now understand why it is considered to be a classic in literature. It is simply a beautifully written book, covering many of the themes that one stumbles across in life and coalescing them into a work of extraordinary breadth.

The book is the story of two young people, Jim Burden and Antonia Shimerda. They meet for the first time when Jim is ten years old and Antonia is fourteen. Recently orphaned, Jim has moved to the Great Prairie to live with his grandparents in Nebraska. Antonia, on the other hand, has been wrenched from her homeland in Bohemia, emigrating with her parents to the United States and finding herself in Nebraska. Jim and Antonia's chance encounter on a train sets the stage for the forging of a friendship and unconditional love that time will not diminish.

The book relates the harshness of immigrant life through the eyes of Jim, who narrates the events contained in the book. There is a relentless stoicism about the book, which is written in spare, clear prose. With intense imagery and descriptive exactitude, late nineteenth century Nebraska comes to life. It also relates the paths that each of the characters choose to follow, as well as the vicissitudes of life that mold and shape them in ways that no one would have imagined.

The focus of the book, which is also a coming of age tale, seems to be on the female characters and their strengths. All the women in it seem to be survivors, despite the hardships that they encounter.
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
By Oddsfish on Dec 18 2002
Format: Paperback
Willa Cather has much in common with Sarah Orne Jewett. Both saw the United States growing increasingly shallow and materialistic. In response, they wrote books capturing life in what may be viewed as its most simple and complete form. My Antonia is one of these novels, and the result is that it paints a vivid, beautiful picture of the potential of life.
The novel is narrated by Jim Burden. It begins with Jim as a young boy traveling to the open west to be raised by his grandparents on their Nebraskan farm. Antonia is a girl slightly older than Jim from a Bohemian family which is trying to survive the hard farming life. The rest of the novel follows the two as they live their complete lives-growing, maturing, suffering, and going through relationships-basically just trying as best they can to survive.
There are so many great things to say about this novel. The vision of humans surviving the harsh realities of farming in the Nebraska wilderness is intense and stark, but there is such beauty to be found as they undergo such hardships and keep forging ahead. This is what I see as the real greatness of the novel-it presents the great courage of man to just survive and the intense beauty which is found in survival. The whole image seems so indicative of the human condition, and the effect is truly life affirming.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
By A Customer on Nov. 30 2000
Format: Paperback
Will Cather's, My Antonia, was a very different immigrant story. We all know that people migrate from their home town to supposedly a better place. In her book Cather writes of a family coming from Bohemia to Nebraska. This family is given the impression that Nebraska is a better place to live in, where there is more freedom and much to eat. This is not true in this story or any other real life story of immigrants. This family, as others, suffers the changes of being in a different and strange place. Cather explains in detail their sufferings, their losses and their victories.
Cathers descriptions of the country life are breathtaking. She tells how the immigrant settlers adventurously farm the prairie lands. She tells how this family is ignorant and how they bloom with thier struggles. And she tells of their isolation from culture.
Will Cather's great storytelling style is characterized by an ingenous pragmatism and avoidance of sentimentality. My Antonia is considered to be the author's masterpiece. I agree because it is an excellent story about a pioneer woman who has earned a distinguished place in American fiction. On my scale, My Antonia, by Will Cather, is a perfect 10 because it is superb writing about a strong willed, courageous woman.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
By A Customer on Dec 8 1999
Format: Paperback
Despite being written in 1918, My Antonia is timeless. After reading the reviews posted here, I am both encouraged and discouraged by the current crop of teens. I read comments from honor students using the wrong homonyms, poor punctuation and grammer, too narrow minded to understand; while other teens (aware that this was not their first choice - no action - little sex - no plot) could appreciate My Antonia as an illustration of a time and place no longer in existence.
My Antonia is a book of lost childhood dreams, but also of indomitable spirit. I am hopeful that English teachers are pointing out the validity of its illustrations, not only of landscapes, but of goals common to man despite his ethnicity, and of the fact that society's expectations are not always realized. Society saw Lena and Tiny as successes, and commercially they were, but the true success belonged to My Antonia.
As one gets older a poignant feeling of childhood develops, often attached to a particular person. My Antonia spotlights this phenomena - a condition that may remain illusive until teenage has passed.
I gave the book three stars as a read (since it was not a 'can't put it down, gotta carry it to the john' kind of book), however for My Antonia's lanscapes and portrait of an era, it was definitely a 5 star book.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.

Most recent customer reviews



Feedback