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My Ántonia by Willa Cather
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Oct 26, 10

bookshelves: to-read, for-independent-study

This is my mom's favorite book. She gave it to me when I was a young teen, and told me how she cried and cried as she read it. I respect and even admire my mom's taste in literature, especially when it comes to being emotionally tuned-in. I always have respected her taste in that way. I also thought the names Willa and Antonia were enchanting... which should have helped! However, when I tried to read this book at age 15 or so, I found it excruciatingly boring. I tried a few more times, with the same results. I wasn't sure whether the book had too much to live up to, or if it really was that awful. But the answer was: neither. I just wasn't reading it at the right time in my life. I read it last Winter as part of my reflection on literary portrayals of the Midwest and midwesterners, and the descriptive passages absolutely blew my mind. So for me, this book worked better when I was 32 and had experienced rural life from a little closer up than when I was 15 and never approached nature outside of parks. I envy the descriptive prowess.
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message 1: by Adrianne (new)

Adrianne I completely agree! I wasn't ready for this book in my high school freshman English class. I remember thinking how many words were really necessary to describe a wheat field! :) However, now that I've read it as an adult, I am completely enchanted by it.


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