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A Lost Lady by Willa Cather
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Aug 24, 2012

it was amazing

Willa Cather is the outstanding American writer of the 20thC. An insightful stylist, she penetrates the heart. Her themes : America gradually moves into the "modern world," and Americans painfully come to terms with life.

Niel Herbert gets to know Mrs Forrester when he's 12 and she is in her 20s, married to a much older, kindly gent. He's dazzled. The story criss-crosses their lives and changing America. She suffers setbacks; he grows up and begins to understand the heartbreak of adult lives. As Mr Forrester said, "My philosophy is that what you plan for day by day -- you will get. Unless you are one of the people who get nothing in this world. There are such people." Many years later, in his 30s, Niel learns the fate of his "lost-lady."
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