Book Review: My Ántonia, by Willa Cather

I hadn’t read this classic of American literature and having reindex (1)ad it, I really enjoyed it. Just under a century old, it shows its age in a scene with a blind black American singer that would be written differently today. Otherwise this novel has an up to date feel in the themes of immigrants being welcome or not in our country. Antonia and her family are from Bohemia and are trying to make a living on the Nebraska plains. Their farm is next to Jim Burden’s family farm and 9-year-old Jim and 13-year-old Antonia become fast friends. Cather’s descriptions of the Plains are lyrical, the characters sympathetic, and the plot held my interest. Considered a masterpiece of the American novel, it was enthusiastically received when published in 1918.

RATING: * * * * Very, very good

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Reviewed by: kh

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