May 10, 12
Read from January 15 to April 13, 2012
While I enjoyed many things about The Song of the Lark, an unlikable main character kept me from thoroughly admiring it as I have the other two Cather novels I’ve read. I feel that Cather, through Thea, battles to understand creativity and in the process makes artists seem like selfish, narcissistic cold-hearted people. Do I really think that you must cast off all family relations in order to be an artist? Or to treat everyone around you with contempt and unkindness? Or to be a manipulative, nasty user? No, I personally don’t, but Thea does these things and I think Cather wants to convey that you do have to sacrifice (even your humanity?) to achieve artistic perfection.
This will not be one of my favorite Cather books, but her landscape descriptions and portrayal of small-town Western life in the late 1800′s are reasons worth reading it. Have you read The Song of the Lark? Do you like Thea?