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A ruined beauty whose dignity has suffered a lifetime of loss and disenchantment. A Czech immigrant who finds a paradoxical contentment on the harsh expanse of the Nebraska prairie. A solitary young painter spying raptly and guiltily on his exquisite neighbor. These are some of the lives that Willa Cather renders, with a fine balance of compassion and detachment, in these ...more
Paperback, 493 pages
Published December 1st 1992 by Vintage (first published June 1970)
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Having read "My Antonia," I thought I would enjoy this collection of Willa Cather's short stories. I did enjoy some of them, but other stories in the anthology were difficult to stay involved in. Oddly, her longer short stories which were more like novellas were more enjoyable for me. She had a wonderful way of portraying a certain type of person, one not typical of mainstream Americana. Her pictures of immigrants striving to survive on the prairies are wonderful. Even reading them from another ...more
Jan 25, 2008 Frederick added it
Shelves: stories, cather
I won't give this stars because I've only read two stories by Willa Cather. But those stories were great.
One is called "Paul's Case." It's been said Paul is a precursor to Holden Caulfied. It is a story waiting for a movie adaptation. (Nobody's ever filmed CATCHER IN THE RYE, either. Salinger won't let 'em. Good for him. He's showing us the power of books. His book stands entirely on its own.)
I have forgotten the title of the other story I'm thinking of, but it involves the funeral of somebody t
This book of short stories was very interesting and written by one of my FAVORITE authors. I have yet to read something by Willa Cather that I don't love. The 15 stories are very character-driven and many of them took place at the turn of the century. I had to take it back to the library before reading the final 3 stories, and keep meaning to check it out again. My favorite story was Flavia and her Artists and the one about the Czech immigrant.

"How does the Iconoclast Fit In?"

This quaint collection of five stories proves vintage Cather in literary microcosm. Two tales are set in one of her preferred milieus: the American southwest. In “The Enchanted Bluff” the narrator is increasingly obsessed with the ghostsIs of a vanished Native American civilization. Is the Narrator a budding anthropologist or just using a dlong-dead culture as an excuse to turn his back on the world? Is there truly more peace to be fou
Gosh, turns out I totally hate Willa Cather. Who knew?
My appreciation for Cather grew with each story. For my full review, please visit my blog.

Alec Sieber
Cather is a stolid writer, not given to stylistic excitements or other potential lapses in formality. We have here, then, a solid set of steady stories. While these stories may nominally address such heady themes as coming to terms with death, or the humble nobility of the immigrant experience, their true purpose lies in the quiet unearthing of subtle moments of character, silent reveals of minor fate or destiny. At Cather's best, as in "Tom Outland's Story" or "Coming, Aphrodite", the accrual o ...more
Angela Conrad
Have really enjoyed previous Cather novels. This collection of short stories were all so similar that it became boring after the first two or three.
Catherine Richmond
As a Virginian who moved to Nebraska, I ought to like Willa Cather. And I try. In fact, in spite of my compulsive tendency to finish what I start, it took two tries to slog through this. I'm sorry, but reading should not be drudgery.
I know, most people rate her as good-but-not-quite-great, but some of these stories are just luminous. . . .or they capture a sense of time and place so well -- Neighbor Rosicky, for example.
My parents recently returned a box of my books from college. I am trying to figure out why I wanted to keep them. Still havent; figured it out and this is the last one.
I enjoyed these stories so much that I think I'm going to dive into a novel next. Where should I start, Catherphiles? My Antonia?
Jun 03, 2011 Joy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: classic
Novellas, part of Tom's book collection. She's really a magnificent writer. Learned a lot in her bio.
I read "Paul's Case", "Neighbor Rosicky", "Old Mrs. Harris", "The Old Beauty", and "The Best Years".
Lauren Albert
I read around 40% and stopped. I may go back at some point but it felt a bit dated.
The troll Garden was one of my favorites in this collection!
cather's depiction of prairie life is dessoir's sublime
Perhaps my favorite book of short stories...wonderful!
Nathan's pick, Paul's Case by Willa Cather
These are so fabulous.
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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 ...more
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