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The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
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Apr 22, 2012

really liked it
Read from April 22 to May 09, 2012

Sort of "A Star is Born" without the discarded bodies on the way to the top. I longed for a bit more conflict in this tale of a rural Colorado girl in the late 1880s who, through determination, talent and more than a little bit of luck, overcomes her humble beginnings to emerge as an international opera star. But Thea's only obstacles to success are a few (including some of her family) who don't see the talents that others do, and time itself (she is, after all, only 12 when the novel begins). The moral seems to be pretty basic: be true to yourself, perservere, and don't get distracted (Thea keeps resisting marriage until she makes it big). As prosaic as it all is, Cather's writing is mesmerizing, making this story seem better than it really is.

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