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by Willa Cather
Do your students enjoy a good laugh? Do they like to be scared? Or do they just like a book with a happy ending? No matter what their taste, our Creative Short Stories series has the answer.We've taken some of the world's best stories from dark, musty anthologies and brought them into the light, giving them the individual attention they deserve. Each book in the series has ...more
Hardcover, 88 pages
Published April 1st 1986 by Creative Education
(first published January 1st 1932)
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This long short story became a part of my life in the early 1960s when Dr. Robert Thomas of Brigham Young University read it in its entirety to our literature class, which brought tears to my eyes several times. I was so touched by the sensitive writing of the author and of the life of this extraordinary man that I memorized parts of the story and have given them as readings at Thanksgiving and Christmas for over 45 years. It is my favorite of Willa Cather.
Kary had me read this (a story he teaches) after we toured Ellis Island. This is based on a true story of an early immigrant. Kary loves it because it shows how some people are happy and feel rich with a simple non- glamourous life. It's a good story for what it is. I enjoyed reading it because of having just toured and learned more about the early immigrants; However, once was enough. (thus the 3 star rating)
I love this short story, it is about life, and family. It is about a man who is diagnosed with a heart problem and who, in his last moments with his family he reminisces about his life and about the life that he has left for his family. It is a story that really shows us what should be important in our lives, not money, fame, titles, but a good honest life, filled with love and hard work, no matter what life throws our way.
Mar 12, 2015 Angie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Probably a 4.5 star read. Willa Cather is so good at making you fall immediately in love with her characters, her sweet, nostalgic descriptions and comfortable word choices. I always feel right at home reading Cather, like I've been invited to pull up a chair in a favorite relative's cozy kitchen. Though there were no overly dramatic plot twists or adventures, I loved the main character, his reflections of his youth, and his sweet, fatherly kinship with his daughter-in-law. Lovely little story.
Wilella Sibert Cather was born in Back Creek Valley, Virgina (Gore) in December 7, 1873. Her novels on frontier life brought her to national recognition. In 1923 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, One of Ours (1922), set during World War I. She grew up in Virginia and Nebraska. She then attended the University of Nebraska, initially planning to become a physician, but after writing ...moreMore about Willa Cather...