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My Antonia By Willa Cather (Summary, Book Review, Online Reading, Download, PDF)

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Summary: My Atony (/ æntəniə / AN-tə-nee-ə) is a novel published in 1918 by the American writer Willa Cather, considered one of his best works. It is the last book of his "prairie trilogy" of novels, preceded by O Pioneers! and The song of the skylark.The novel tells the stories of an orphaned boy from Virginia, Jim Burden, and the oldest daughter of a Bohemian immigrant family, Antonia Shimerda, who were brought as children to be pioneers in Nebraska in the late nineteenth century. Both the pioneers who first break the prairie grass to cultivate and the hard but fertile land itself, appear in this American novel. The first year in the new place leaves strong impressions in both children, which affect them for life.This novel is considered Cather's first masterpiece. Cather was praised for giving life to the American West and making it personally more interesting.According to Willa Cather's own estimate, My Antonia, published for the first time in 1918, was "the best thing I've done". A long-lasting bestseller on the Houghton Mifflin literary list, this disturbingly eloquent classic now features a new prologue by Kathleen Norris, Cather's twin soul of the plains. Infused with a gracious passion for the land, My Antonia embraces her rare subject, the hard life of the pioneer woman on the prairie, with poetic certainty, representing a deeply moving portrayal of an entire community. Through the endearing and captivating voice of Jim Burden, we review the remarkable vicissitudes of immigrant life in the heart of Nebraska with all its insistent ties. Some of the most captivating characters in literature are leading the way: the Russian brothers, plagued by memories of a fateful sleigh ride, the desperately nostalgic father of Antonia and her indulgent mother, and the timid Lena Lingard. Holding the heart of pastoral society, of course, is the sorceress and free spirit Antonia Shimerda.

About The Author: The Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Willa Cather (1873-1947), spent her formative years in Nebraska, which at that time was border territory. His exposure to the dramatic environment of the region and the intrinsic difficulties, together with his diverse population of European Americans, Native Americans and immigrants, shaped and informed much of his fiction.