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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.
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.
Recommended by Michael Enright from CBC who suggested it was one of the best books he ever read. We agree. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Marion Landry
My Antonia was full of interesting descriptions of pioneer life, the land, the people, the hardships, etc. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Eileen Knight
Not avery good story.There are fair better reads onthe market.I lent this book to one of my friends and they did not think it was agood story.Published 13 months ago by helen
This is a book I intended to read for years, and after listening to a radio review, I decided that 'now' is the right time. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Chris Olsen
My Antonia is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. No, it's certainly no John Grisham novel, and so you cannot go into it looking for cowboys and guns. Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2001
I think this book is excellent. I would recommend it to anyone who likes Historical Fiction. ByePublished on March 15 2001
My Antonia is a very well-written love story. Jim Burden is sent to live with his grandparents in Nebraska when he's ten. On the farm next to his family's is a Bohemian family. Read morePublished on March 3 2000 by Mrs. greene's class
My Antonia is a novel talking about how the life change for pioneers. The point of view is from Jim Burden who taught Antonia English and grown up with her when they were met each... Read morePublished on July 22 1999