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message 1: by Dolors (new)

Dolors Loved the personal touch of your review Carol. I do tend to romanticise lyrical descriptions of the natural world, but knowing you grew up in a neighbouring state, would you mind if I asked your opinion about whether Willa Cather's evocative prose created a rather glorifying or a too idealistic image of place and time?


message 2: by Carol (new)

Carol Thank you for your beautiful comments, Dolors. Even your reviews are lyrical and poetic! I've always believed that you have to live on the Plains in order to really appreciate her beauty. The clear blue skies are magnificent, the wheat fields are all that Cather so gracefully describes and no one appreciates rain more than folks living there. Still, when I would take my children to visit family, they would comment, "What did you ever do out here, Mom?" :)


message 3: by Dolors (last edited Jul 07, 2014 11:40AM) (new)

Dolors Carol wrote: "Thank you for your beautiful comments, Dolors. Even your reviews are lyrical and poetic! I've always believed that you have to live on the Plains in order to really appreciate her beauty. The cle..."

Heh. That doesn't seem very different from what our own children would say about the little and quiet villages scattered on the Catalan coast. I will look forward to at least visiting the plains someday and formulate a clear idea of their vivid colors. A land of contrasts. Like life itself.


message 4: by Carol (new)

Carol Dolors wrote: "Carol wrote: "Thank you for your beautiful comments, Dolors. Even your reviews are lyrical and poetic! I've always believed that you have to live on the Plains in order to really appreciate her be..."

And if you ever do visit, I hope that you will look me up! If you are speaking of that vista in the background of your photo...then it's breathtaking!


message 5: by Carol (new)

Carol Carol wrote: "Dolors wrote: "Carol wrote: "Thank you for your beautiful comments, Dolors. Even your reviews are lyrical and poetic! I've always believed that you have to live on the Plains in order to really ap..."

I just read the comments under your photo and I now realize that it's a desert in Peru. It's still breathtaking...just not the Catalan coast. My bad :)


message 6: by Sue (new)

Sue I like the personal touch you've added to your review Carol. Cather's descriptions of the west and the plains are amazing. I have only flown over the prairie states but I have seen some of the cliff dwellings of Meza Verde that figure in The Song of the Lark. Her descriptions of the southwest and Colorado seem very good to me. Of course she was there at least 50 to 60 years before me.


message 7: by Carol (new)

Carol Sue wrote: "I like the personal touch you've added to your review Carol. Cather's descriptions of the west and the plains are amazing. I have only flown over the prairie states but I have seen some of the clif..."

Thank you, Sue. Mesa Verde is beautiful. This was my first Cather book. I'll check out your review of her other novel, The Song of the Lark.


message 8: by Dolors (new)

Dolors Carol wrote: "Carol wrote: "Dolors wrote: "Carol wrote: "Thank you for your beautiful comments, Dolors. Even your reviews are lyrical and poetic! I've always believed that you have to live on the Plains in orde..."

:) I was lucky enough to visit Peru last year and if I ever come close to your area count me in for a quick visit, of course! :))


Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh I loved the personal touch in this review as well Carol. Just great.


message 10: by Carol (new)

Carol Florence (Lefty) wrote: "I loved the personal touch in this review as well Carol. Just great."

Thank you, Florence. I appreciate your comments!


message 11: by Nicole~ (new)

Nicole~ Cather's imagery is vivid, I hope one day to experience the Plains as Jim observed. Lovely review, Carol!


message 12: by Carol (new)

Carol Nicole~ wrote: "Cather's imagery is vivid, I hope one day to experience the Plains as Jim observed. Lovely review, Carol!"

I agree with you, Nicole. I felt that Jim Burden's story was unremarkable but Cather's imagery was extraordinary. I always appreciate your nice comments!


message 13: by Howard (last edited Aug 20, 2018 08:10AM) (new)

Howard Beautiful review, as always, Carol.

I never lived in the Great Plains, but I have always enjoyed my road trips to and through that region. For me, it is a combination of the landscape and big sky you described in your comment and the fascinating -- and turbulent -- history of the plains. And despite its arid climate, I have experienced some major winter and summer storms there -- storms that, due to the topography and lack of trees, I could see coming from great distances. They can never sneak up on you the way they can in my part of the world.


message 14: by Carol (new)

Carol Wonderful book


message 15: by Carol (new)

Carol Howard wrote: "Beautiful review, as always, Carol.

I never lived in the Great Plains, but I have always enjoyed my road trips to and through that region. For me, it is a combination of the landscape and big sky ..."


Thank you for commenting, Howard. I do know that you've traveled through the region. And, I love that you can appreciate that landscape and the big sky vistas. It's even more sparely populated now and often overlooked by outsiders.


message 16: by Carol (new)

Carol Carol wrote: "Wonderful book"

Thank you, Carol


message 17: by Howard (new)

Howard Carol wrote: "Howard wrote: "Beautiful review, as always, Carol.

I never lived in the Great Plains, but I have always enjoyed my road trips to and through that region. For me, it is a combination of the landsca..."


Sparsely settled isn't all bad.


message 18: by Cheri (new)

Cheri Lovely review, Carol, this sounds like one I need to move up, it's been sitting on my TBR for a while now.


message 19: by Carol (new)

Carol Cheri wrote: "Lovely review, Carol, this sounds like one I need to move up, it's been sitting on my TBR for a while now."

Your reviews are always beautiful so I'd love to read your critique once you've read this novel.


message 20: by Julie (new)

Julie Can I tell you how long this one has sat on the shelf next to my bed?? And I live in Colorado!


message 21: by Carol (new)

Carol Julie wrote: "Can I tell you how long this one has sat on the shelf next to my bed?? And I live in Colorado!"

Yes, you can, Julie. Is it as long as I've had an unfinished GR Giveaway winner on my bed stand? :)


message 22: by Howard (new)

Howard Carol wrote: "Howard wrote: "Beautiful review, as always, Carol.

I never lived in the Great Plains, but I have always enjoyed my road trips to and through that region. For me, it is a combination of the landsca..."


I forgot to mention that one of my all-time favorite novels is set in the Great Plains. I have read "Giants in the Earth" by O.E. Rolvaag three times and probably will read it at least one more time. I have also read its two sequels -- but only one time each.


message 23: by Carol (new)

Carol Howard wrote: "Carol wrote: "Howard wrote: "Beautiful review, as always, Carol.

I never lived in the Great Plains, but I have always enjoyed my road trips to and through that region. For me, it is a combination ..."


Thanks, Howard. I've never heard of this novel but I'll be sure to look for it. I appreciate your recommendation!


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