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The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather
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Jan 15, 2012

really liked it

While I enjoyed many things about The Song of the Lark, an unlikable main character kept me from thoroughly admiring it as I have the other two Cather novels I’ve read. I feel that Cather, through Thea, battles to understand creativity and in the process makes artists seem like selfish, narcissistic cold-hearted people. Do I really think that you must cast off all family relations in order to be an artist? Or to treat everyone around you with contempt and unkindness? Or to be a manipulative, nasty user? No, I personally don’t, but Thea does these things and I think Cather wants to convey that you do have to sacrifice (even your humanity?) to achieve artistic perfection.
This will not be one of my favorite Cather books, but her landscape descriptions and portrayal of small-town Western life in the late 1800′s are reasons worth reading it. Have you read The Song of the Lark? Do you like Thea?
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Reading Progress

January 15, 2012 – Started Reading
January 15, 2012 – Shelved
January 15, 2012 –
page 60
14.39%
January 30, 2012 –
page 91
21.82%
March 23, 2012 –
page 99
23.74%
March 30, 2012 –
page 220
52.76%
April 6, 2012 –
page 287
68.82%
April 13, 2012 –
page 395
94.72%
April 13, 2012 – Finished Reading

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