Read this as an undergrad; I‘m feeling the urge to see how I process some literature after some time. ☺️
Started reading the physical book, but I felt I didn‘t have time, so I switched to audio. I really enjoyed this classic. Set in Nebraska, Cather makes you want to see the beautiful sunsets & fields. Loved the characters, esp the relationship between Ántonia & Jim. Only frustrating thing on audio is the narrator went back & forth for a bit in his pronunciation of Ántonia. A classic worth reading. My #doublespin book for July. @TheAromaofBooks
Growing up in Nebraska means reading My Antonia at least once in school. It‘s been probably 20+ years since then so I thought I‘d give it a listen. I‘m still not a fan of the main character, Jim. He‘s very self-centered and unable to see the world through anybody else‘s eyes until the end when he finally grows up.
That said, it is a beautifully written book and I am proud to be from the state that inspired Willa Cather.
I‘ve been curious about this book for years. Found it on the bargain shelf at B&N and thought it was time to tackle it. Anyone read this? Opinions?
Love to read Willa Cather. Rereading this was like revisiting an old friend and discovering that my friend was so much more than I remembered her to be. Antonia showed strength and resilience surviving and finally, inevitably thriving the harsh measure the newly settled prairie commanded. A powerful story.
I enjoyed my first reading of this classic book. Can‘t believe it took me this long to read it! While the titular character was romanticized by our protagonist, Jim Burden, this didn‘t distract from the very real trials of settlers in early America. 4/5⭐️
I look out for this list each year - this year I think i'll head to Nebraska....
Jim‘s memories of Antonia‘s family‘s experiences as new immigrants to Nebraska feels particularly relevant today. Antonia has complexity to her story and character as she makes a life in the states. Cather shows both the welcome and the suspicion with which the immigrants could be viewed as well as Antonia‘s family‘s adjustment to a new culture. Found it quite moving and was a hit in my family book club.
This was my second read, and I fell more in love... mostly. #audiobook #dw2020reads
Pros: The farm life and small town life routines will appeal to Little House fans. Many passages about the plains landscape touch my heart and bring up memories. As I get older, I sympathize with more and more characters.
Con: Part 2, Chapter 7! Slight spoiler as that chapter's all romanticized racism. Feel free to skip it as it doesn't affect anything crucial.
10 years ago, I was embarking on a year-long reading project to mark the 100th anniversary of my employer, the Rochester (NY) Public Library. I read 100 books - 1 book from each year the library was in operation. I read some amazing books and some duds. The best and most beautiful was My Antonia by Willa Cather. Here is what I wrote about it - https://itsallaboutthebook.org/2011/03/04/100-years-100-books-6-1918/
These pretties have been at our local library's ongoing book sale the past few weeks. Every time I go in I feel tempted to bring a few home despite the fact that I don't collect books and try to gift my favorites as quickly as possible so I don't have to pack and unpack them next time we move. But a pretty copy of The Yearling or My Antonia could be happy on my bookshelves, maybe...
There was a basic harmony between Ántonia and her mistress. They had strong, independent natures, both of them. They knew what they liked, and were not always trying to imitate other people. They loved children and animals and music, and rough play and digging in the earth. They liked to prepare rich, hearty food and to see people eat it; to make up soft white beds and to see youngsters asleep in them.👇🏽
📷: Bantam classic cover of My Ántonia
I went to a large book sale today run by a couple nonprofit groups in my area and this was my best find. A Penguin Drop Caps copy of My Antonia! For $2! I have gazed lovingly and longingly at the web page for the Drop Caps books and dreamed of owning the whole collection. This is my first one. I audibly gasped when I recognized the spine. 😍🧡🧡🧡
I think Cather reminds us to break from this myth of subservient rural wives, and admire the variation of female strength, independence and vitality. She also uses that prose of hers to create something of a childhood Garden of Eden. It‘s not a simple as you might think. (For more, feel free to click on my attempt at a review...links in the comments)
Loved reading with the #catherbuddyread
This was the first Cather I read and I loved it immediately. Her writing is incredibly evocative - she conjures people and places so vividly with small, telling details that make me feel like I know them and remember the times she is writing about. I loved the book just as much on this reread and thoroughly enjoyed the discussion. Thank you @Graywacke and all the buddy readers.
My Ántonia starts out strong with such great descriptions of pioneer #Nebraska that is becomes appealing and beautiful. (I‘ve been to Nebraska and found it to be neither of those things.) Then it simply becomes vignettes in the life of Jim Burden. The writing style didn‘t work for me, but I‘ve intended to read this book for years, so I‘m glad I finally did.
Ok, I‘m getting started! My edition is from 1977. My sister read this book in high school (I think) and my mom clearly bought it at my childhood used bookstore (aka the inspiration for my Litsy name). I kept it since I always figured I‘d read it someday. My sister is now 45, so better late than never! 😂
Thanks for the tag @readordierachel. 😀 Here are my #top6reads of the year 2019 so far. Special mention to the Great Plains trilogy by Willa Cather (will be reading My Antonia next).
Thanks @Cinfhen for this idea. It has contributed immensely towards making the TBR grow grow grow. 😆
I tag @ju.ca.no, @sudi, and @ephemeralwaltz. Hello! 🙃
Have book, will sit in waiting room at the doctor‘s office past my appointment time.
I swear to all the amazing books in the world, if @Graywacke hadn't started a buddy read of this trilogy God knows when would I have picked it up, or maybe never?! The first two books have been fantastic reads, and have added richness, happiness, satisfaction to my reading life. You guys, if you want some more beautiful prose and characters in your life, read Cather.
Having said that, happy to be part of My Antonia buddy read. 💓
Due to extraordinary luck Serial Reader was noticed by Salon writer Mary Elizabeth Williams, who gave me the opportunity to ramble about the app and why I created it (hint: it revolves around My Antonia and some crying). Check out her excellent article if you're interested: https://www.salon.com/2019/06/02/my-phone-helped-me-fall-in-love-with-books-agai...
And if not, at least be sure to read the excellent My Antonia by Willa Cather!
"As I looked about me I felt that the grass was the country, as the water is the sea. The red of the grass made all the great prairie the colour of winestains, or of certain seaweeds when they are first washed up. And there was so much motion in it; the whole country seemed, somehow, to be running."
When I think of wheat, I think of the prairies where I grew up in Winnipeg and in Wichita, which led me to thinking of Willa Cather. I‘ve been wanting to read my Antonia for a long time now. Maybe this will be the year. I‘ve put it off after disliking o‘pioneers in middle school. #readinggrudge #timbittunes #wheatkings
SIGH. This had everything I liked about O Pioneers and everything I hated about The Song of the Lark. I really enjoyed the overall story and the depiction of the complexities of country life and of a time gone by. It was difficult to read past the racism and misogyny at times though.
While this volume contains five of Cather‘s works, it is My Antonìa that has had the most lasting impression on me. The scene with the wolves and the wedding party! If you haven‘t yet, read it. #adventrecommends @emilyrose_x
Finished My Antonia and got a little over 4 hours of reading in for #24b4monday #readingchallenge. @TheReadingMermaid
My Antonia was excellent and the writing didn't feel like a 100year old book. I was surprised at the independence of some of the female characters. Read this as part of a #centuryreadchallenge 1 book from each year 1918 - 2019. Attempting to read mostly women authors.
The weekend is coming. What to read next. Started My Antonia, enjoying it and easy reading even though it's 100 years old . Part of my century read challenge.
Sadly the Soup cookbook was a disappointment, was looking forward to some good hot soups now that it's cold here. These recipes are way too fancy for me.
My first Willa Cather! I really enjoyed her writing style and the strong sense of place - as a non-American, it made me think of scenes from Little House on the Prairie - that‘s probably the closest comp I have in my experience. I‘ll read some literary criticism to better understand the themes in it - but for now I‘m just liking Jim‘s sweet nostalgia.
Cather‘s writing is lovely, but I just couldn‘t bring myself to truly care about any of the characters. It took me a loooong time to get through this one, simply because I keep prioritizing other reads and pushing this one to the back burner. It just didn‘t hold my interest.