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The Bohemian Girl: Stories (Harper Perennial Classic Stories)

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Uprooted from a well-ordered life in Virginia when she was nine, Willa Cather came of age in the West during the last years of the American frontier. She developed a love for the beauty of the open grassland and an abiding interest in the Old World customs of her neighbors, the dreamers and builders who inhabit her fiction. This collection includes work from the early part

Paperback, Harper Perennial Classic Stories, 208 pages
Published April 28th 2009 by Harper Perennial (first published April 10th 2001)
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When Willa Cather was writing about the Nebraska prairie and it's early settlers, especially it's emigrant settlers, she was at her very best. That's evident in her novel My Ántonia, which I consider to be her best, and also in this beautifully written short story. Cather makes the reader feel the power of the "place", the pull it has on it's inhabitants, and their loyalty to family. That loyalty of place, family, and the love of a young couple are the heart of this story. It's one of my Cather ...more
Feb 18, 2017 Cindy rated it liked it
I prefer Willa Cather's full-length novels.
Feb 22, 2010 Jane rated it liked it
This is one of Willa Cather's short stories. Nils Ericson gets off the train at his hometown after being away for many years.
The reader will see that there is not a lot of emotion or affection in the family. They are quite reserved and distant. Nils is very attached to his little brother Eric who is now in his teens but remains indifferent to his two older brothers.
I am seeing a pattern with Cather's writing: love sought, love lost or love conquered intermixed with despair and tragedy.
In this st
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Jan 07, 2013 Ruth Everhart rated it it was amazing
"Her teeth were large and square, and set far apart -- teeth that could tear." Folks, this is why I read Willa Cather -- for descriptions like this. Simple, clean, and incisive! Ha! She gives such a great sense of the plains states a hundred years ago. I loved every single one of the stories in this collection.
Aug 15, 2009 Danelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: short-stories
A good collection of her earlier short stories. I had read 3 or 4 of them in another collection. The title short story, The Bohemian Girl, was my favorite and definitely had shades of My Antonia in it.
Nov 24, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this far more than I anticipated. I don't have much experience with short stories, but I loved the small scale of Willa Cather's prose. The Bohemian Girl was the best of the stories, though I loved A Wagner Matinee as well.
Mar 14, 2010 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This was my first Willa Cather read and I found it interesting that she describe the land with such beauty and passion but the people of the story were very bland. I was very surprised to find that I did enjoy reading the story inspite of the fact that the people were so dispassionate.
Dec 14, 2013 Ali rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the last, and title, story in the book, "The Bohemian Girl." I started a few others but got bored with them, so I didn't really read any others.
Oct 25, 2010 Tom marked it as to-read
so far, so good
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Wilella Sibert Cather was born in Back Creek Valley (Gore), Virginia, 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 writin ...more
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