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My Ántonia by Willa Cather
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Apr 24, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, immigration
Read from April 20 to 24, 2010

Willa Cather grew up in Nebraska in the late 19th century which is where this story took place. It was about 2nd generation immigrants and the very tough times they had, especially as children. If you're looking for a riveting plot this is not the book you want. It meanders through life on the plains, focusing on Antonia's life and enthusiasm for life. There's a great deal of beauty on the plains, red grass for stretching for miles, clear creeks with a few trees along the banks. I love to read stories of what land was like before it was destroyed by human activity. There are still patches of virgin prairies left in Nebraska, carefully protected by The Nature Conservancy and they're lovely. For too long we thought of such places as "endless wasteland" and never bothered to protect it. What a loss.
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Maria Yes, this is wonderful, I think.

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