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My Ántonia by Willa Cather
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Apr 25, 2008

really liked it

One doesn't hear much about Willa Cather these days, but this is a very good book that should be on every family book shelf. "My Antonia" is set on the Nebraska plains in the late 19th, early 20th century and revolves around Jim and his fascination with an older immigrant girl, Antonia, and their relationship over the years, the travel and the times that pulls them together and apart. There are some wonderful images that Cather creates here of the landscapes: a forgotten plow that silhouettes against the setting sun, like an enscription on a coin, also, the waving grass that mesmermizes Jim to where he gets so caught up in it, he forgets that he even has a grandmother. And brief images of Antonia's father, back in the Old Country, sitting on a bench with his best friend who plays the trombone. This is a great story of the friendship between two people and though their lives have gone different ways, something about their relationship will always sparkle.
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