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A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
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I couldn‘t stop, so I finished this morning. I‘ll hold off on my review to avoid spoilers. #catherbuddyread I‘d forgotten how they used to put mini-catalogs in the back of paperback books. There‘re about 12 pages of this, so the ending of the novel snuck up on me. @Graywacke

Graywacke See something you‘d like to order? Anxious to see your thoughts on finishing, but I haven‘t picked it up to read the end yet. (edited) 2d
Lcsmcat @Graywacke If I could get them for 1977 prices! 2d
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Lost Lady | Willa Cather
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Such a pick. I'm so glad I stumbled upon the #catherbuddyread led by @Graywacke. I'm sure that much of the message and nuance was lost one, but the writing was beautiful. Willa Cather never disappoints me.

Hoopiefoot Oooh-I love Willa Cather but have somehow never read this. Thanks for sharing! 3d
Sace @Hoopiefoot I hadn't even heard of it! 3d
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Klotsvog | Margarita Khemlin
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Surprised myself & finished:
A Lost Lady for #catherbuddyread
In Cold Blood for #readcoldblood
Act 4 of King Lear for #ShakespeareReadAlong.

Litsy University is good for me 😆 Also started the #netgalley ARC of Klotsvog, a bleak yet funny portrait of a self-absorbed Jewish woman in the Soviet Union.


👑 To finish Act 5 & complete King Lear
💄 Continue with Klotsvog
🌸 Start Judith Hearne for #NYRBbookclub

JennyM You‘ve had a great week! Love seeing what everyone‘s read 😘 5d
batsy @JennyM Thank you ❤️ I enjoy seeing everyone's recaps too! 5d
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Cinfhen Me too @JennyM and of course my TBR is growing!!!!!! 5d
vivastory Litsy University 😂 5d
BarbaraBB Litsy University 🤣 5d
BarbaraBB It seems like someone on the other side of the world was thinking exactly the same thing at exactly the same time! 😀 @vivastory 5d
vivastory @BarbaraBB Great minds 🙂 5d
Cathythoughts Great week for you 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻Litsy University is exactly it. I‘m definitely on a learning curve sinse joining Litsy .... it‘s a blessing 👍🏻❤️ 5d
Cinfhen #LitsyUniversity is priceless and admission costs are beyond reasonable 🙌🏻🤓 5d
squirrelbrain Love #LitsyUniversity and entirely agree, I love being a student here! 5d
erzascarletbookgasm Well done for the week! I love #LitsyUniversity too! I may want to be a student here for a long long time. 5d
batsy @Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @erzascarletbookgasm I love Litsy U 😁 It's like being in a fun, extremely motivating and engaging class 💖 5d
fleeting Really interested in that Moore book! 5d
RachelO Isn‘t ‘Surprised myself & finished...‘ the best feeling?! 5d
batsy @fleeting I'm looking forward! 5d
batsy @RachelO Yes! 😁 5d
Daisey I appreciate all the extra learning I get through Litsy University readalongs as well. Great way to put it! I never would have taken such a dive into further reading along with In Cold Blood otherwise. 5d
batsy @Daisey Yup! I've tackled a number of books that have been tbr for years via group reads here. Having others want to read a book is a great motivator, and the chats and posts are great :) 4d
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Bad Apple | Elle Kennedy
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Another slow reading week for me, I'm afraid. I managed to finish Beloved and BadApple (my #romantsy bedtime book) and I've caught up with A Lost Lady for the #CatherBuddyRead. No progress on either West Coast or Mythos, so that's my #WeeklyForecast - get the former finished and get stuck into the latter.

LeeRHarry I only finished one book so you‘ve done well! 😊 5d
Cinfhen It took me more than 6 weeks to get through Mythos/ even though I LOVED IT!! It‘s just not something you can speed through. Stephen Fry narrated the audio and he was AMAZING🙌🏻if you want I can share the Audible with you, all I need is an email 5d
CarolynM @Cinfhen Thanks for the offer but I've already used an Audible credit on it🙂 I thought I'd like to listen to Stephen telling these stories. 5d
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Centique All my weeks are slow reading weeks! 😂😂 I am committed to being a tortoise amongst hares! 5d
Sace @Centique Me too! 4d
Sace @CarolynM fast or slow the important thing is reading was done 😉 4d
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A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
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A Lost Lady Part 1 : 6-9 & Part 2 : 1-3.

How to summarize Niels bitter loss of innocence and some exposure of Marian‘s character? It‘s compact and elegant. Add $$, appearances, living life and principles, mix, then take out the $$. What do get? What have you lost? What have you learned? Wait, or did you just get lost in that prose? What were your thoughts?

Graywacke This section has many wonderful lines including the whole book captured in a field of morning flowers and a muddy marsh. I‘ll post some longer key quotes next... 5d
Graywacke Purity: “All over the marsh, snow-on-the-mountain, globed with dew, made cool sheets of silver, and the swamp milk-weed spread its flat, raspberry-coloured clusters. There was an almost religious purity about the fresh morning air, the tender sky, the grass and flowers with the sheen of early dew upon them. 👇👇 5d
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Graywacke Divinity: “There was in all living things something limpid and joyous—like the wet, morning call of the birds, flying up through the unstained atmosphere. Out of the saffron east a thin, yellow, wine-like sunshine began to gild the fragrant meadows and the glistening tops of the grove. 👇👇 5d
Graywacke “ Niel wondered why he did not often come over like this, to see the day before men and their activities had spoiled it, while the morning was still unsullied, like a gift handed down from the heroic ages.” 👇👇 5d
Graywacke Sex? : “Under the bluffs that overhung the marsh he came upon thickets of wild roses, with flaming buds, just beginning to open. Where they had opened, their petals were stained with that burning rose-colour which is always gone by noon,—a dye made of sunlight and morning and moisture, so intense that it cannot possibly last . . . must fade, like ecstasy. 👇👇 5d
Graywacke Afterward? “Niel took out his knife and began to cut the stiff stems, crowded with red thorns. He would make a bouquet for a lovely lady; a bouquet gathered off the cheeks of morning . . . these roses, only half awake, in the defencelessness of utter beauty. “ 5d
Graywacke Alas: “In that instant between stooping to the window-sill and rising, he had lost one of the most beautiful things in his life. Before the dew dried, the morning had been wrecked for him; and all subsequent mornings, he told himself bitterly. This day saw the end of that admiration and loyalty that had been like a bloom on his existence. He could never recapture it. It was gone, like the morning freshness of the flowers.” 5d
Graywacke And on a different note, mythology: “The Old West had been settled by dreamers, great-hearted adventurers who were unpractical to the point of magnificence; a courteous brotherhood, strong in attack but weak in defence, who could conquer but could not hold. Now all the vast territory they had won was to be at the mercy of men like Ivy Peters, who had never dared anything, never risked anything. 👇👇 5d
Graywacke “They would drink up the mirage, dispel the morning freshness, root out the great brooding spirit of freedom, the generous, easy life of the great land-holders. The space, the colour, the princely carelessness of the pioneer they would destroy and cut up into profitable bits, as the match factory splinters the primeval forest. 👇👇 5d
Graywacke “All the way from the Missouri to the mountains this generation of shrewd young men, trained to petty economies by hard times, would do exactly what Ivy Peters had done when he drained the Forrester marsh.” 5d
Graywacke And I‘ll leave it there for now 5d
Lcsmcat Re your 8th - 10th comments: that quote rang so true to me. Kind of like how the internet has been in our day. Started by idealists and then taken over by those determined to monetize it. (edited) 5d
Caterina The quotes you share about the romanticized "settling" of the "Old West" strike me in a different way now that I have driven from NC to CA and live in Berkeley. I cannot read quotes like that without grieving the white supremacist and Christian supremacist ideology that led to that "settlement," the doctrine of discovery and manifest destiny, the genocide committed against the true people of this land. 5d
Caterina I was interested that Mrs. Forrester loves the natural state of the land so much and is so connected to it, but is financially desperate enough to lower her morals and invest in a business that cheats the Indigenous people of their rights. 5d
Lcsmcat The passage about the roses really does seem to be about sex, and that Niel is no longer innocent at the end of it confirmed it for me. 5d
Lcsmcat Sidebar @Caterina I didn‘t know you were from NC. I grew up here, moved west as a young woman, and came back 22 years later. 5d
Caterina @Lcsmcat Strong yes to the rose/sex passage! Also I'm originally from SC, but went to Davidson College and spent a year living in the Uwharrie forest before moving out to CA. I'll probably end up back in NC someday too! 😊 5d
batsy I agree with @Caterina. The prose is so lush, I get swept up, but there is an underside to it about the idealists of the Old West—a "courteous brotherhood" —that made me deeply uncomfortable. Would the indigenous people agree? Do we chalk it up again to Niel being naive? This is an aspect of Cather's American mythology that I also struggled with in One of Ours. In that one, too, I told myself it was seen through the eyes of a naive male character. 5d
batsy I thought we learned so much about Mrs Forrester: claiming to be against cheating indigenous people of their land in principle, but doing it if needed to maintain a lifestyle. Cather is at times acerbic and dare I say ruthless in her portrayal (not in a bad way at all) that I felt at times I was reading an Edith Wharton novella! The formal structure of the work is interesting: it is like a dream, or a myth. 5d
CarolynM I'm interested is the theme of "doing the right thing". Captain F chooses his reputation over his pecuniary interest. The Judge struggles with his conscience over whether he'd have done the same and sees the law as complicit in the declining business ethics. Ivy Peters cheerfully takes all he can get. Mrs F is unfaithful and willing to compromise her principles for material gain. How will Niel respond to all of these influences in his life? 5d
Graywacke @Lcsmcat - interesting to compare to the Internet and think through the parallels in the evolution. (Trying really hard not to go off on some off-topic rant...or many of them... ) 5d
Graywacke @Caterina cool perspective, but mainly I‘m glad you saw under the myth. I think Cather is a little disingenuous here - but it‘s not super clear to me. (edited) 5d
Graywacke @Caterina I think Mrs. Forrester‘s love of the land is exposed as untrue or less sincere than she implied. Her morals...hmm... I have thoughts, but holding off a moment. 5d
Graywacke @batsy @Caterina we can‘t put contemporary eyes on Cather, but I think she is getting there. The ethnic cleansing/genocide is maybe somewhat captured in the contradiction of the railroad man preserving his marsh. And hinted at in Ivy‘s schemes with natives. It‘s all there, the pieces, but it‘s not a passionate despair. She seems more focused on a character study of the evolution of settlers and $$. 5d
Graywacke @batsy like a dream... can you tell more about what you see... 5d
Graywacke @batsy @Caterina @CarolynM my take on Mrs F: we open this book with her a trophy wife, 25 yrs younger than her husband. But Cather has exposed another side too. She‘s no victim taken advantage of. Like the US 1st lady, seems she is at core a gold digger. She married for money, she‘ll do anything to get it. The rest is just a mask, a performance that took everyone in. Niel, lost in his paradise, innocence, is a little slow to see under the hood... (edited) 5d
Graywacke We‘re all a little slow to see her real nature... maybe 5d
Graywacke @CarolynM the morality intrigues me. Did the Captain make his decision with Mrs F‘s affair in mind? Was he really principled, or just playing his own game? Did he really care about those railmen? Guess we don‘t really know. The Judge seems sincere, but advised on screwing all the railmen. That‘s something to ponder - human nature...uncomfortable, no? This is a great point. I‘m curious how Niel will respond, but maybe he‘s really just an observer. 5d
Graywacke As a last thought tonight (US CST) I see Niel has having sort of lost his paradise, his innocence is really undone and he‘s horrified by what was always around him. (The morning marsh and the roses in the mud. A rough awakening) He‘s the key, the ballast in perspective that makes this American exposé have a counter force, that gives it some weight. 5d
Lcsmcat @CarolynM I‘m interested to see how Cather ultimately treats those who “do the right thing.” So far, not so well, if Captain F. is any indication! Will Ivey get his comeuppance? 5d
Lcsmcat @batsy I agree that we learned a lot about Mrs. F in this section! And the idea that having to rent out your land and do your own housework meant you were destitute said a lot about her and her whole social group (and none of it flattering.) 5d
rubyslippersreads @Graywacke @batsy @Caterina @CarolynM This is exactly how I see Mrs. F. Everything she lets most people see is a facade. It‘s a rude awakening for Niel. 5d
Graywacke @Lcsmcat @CarolynM Regarding how Cather will handle those who do the right thing - maybe I‘m jaded, but I‘m not betting on any rewards for morality 4d
Graywacke @Lcsmcat compare Mrs. F‘s destitution with Ántonia... ?? ? 4d
Graywacke @rubyslippersreads it is a rude awakening...😳 4d
Lcsmcat Yes, because Ántonia is in a different “class” and her sin of love without marriage is considered worse than Mrs. F‘s marriage without love. And her dalliances would be considered forgivable by her social group as long as she was discreet. 4d
Lcsmcat @Graywacke On the “rewards for morality” front, I have mixed feelings. Cather‘s characters are rarely one dimensional enough to be treated that way. They‘re all varying amounts of good and bad, and sometimes their fates seem justified and sometimes so very unfair. (Just like life.) 4d
Graywacke @Lcsmcat so true that, judge the impoverished. I was thinking about Ántonia working the fields and Mrs F exhausted by taking care of her house. (But, I feel I should add that as a lazy one myself who does as little as possible, and finds all cleaning torturous, I can kind of relate to Mrs F there... ☺️ ... Where‘s my staff, darn-it?) 4d
Graywacke @Lcsmcat I‘m putting you down as optimistic for moral rewards. 🤣 Will see how she plays it out, but I‘m placing my bets on Ivy coming out ahead, Mrs F dependent on him, and Niel getting spun off to other places, deriding the lost pioneer-land-paradise. In my head Cather sees this robber-baron era as power trumps dignity. 4d
Lcsmcat @graywacke The Act of Lear we read this week addresses it well: Through tatter'd clothes small vices do appear; / Robes and furr'd gowns hide all. / Plate sin with gold, / And the strong lance of justice hurtless breaks: / Arm it in rags, a pigmy's straw does pierce it. (edited) 4d
Lcsmcat And I can‘t find my staff either. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I guess we‘ll have to be destitute and clean our own houses. 😁 4d
Graywacke @Lcsmcat bummer 😕 But very apt line from Lear. 4d
Sace I'm looking for my staff as well. Household tasks are for the birds. I don't have anything eloquent to say. My head is swimming from all the comments. I can't quite see Captain F as this morally upstanding man because he chose to go broke in order to pay people he was party to exploiting to start with. (At least that's what I think of the entire system.) 4d
Sace And I can't quite see Mrs F as entirely wicked since as a woman she probably never had many prospects beyond being a pretty wife anyway. I can't quite blame her for being the frivolous person she is. Something about self fulfilling prophecy or something. Society assumed women of that class were simple and frivolous so she was. 4d
Sace As for @Lcsmcat and the Lear quote. Are Robber Barons a thing of the past? I can think of a certain current world leader that fits that quote and reminds me an awful lot of those Old West settlers who made a lot of money in land speculation and exploitation. 4d
Lcsmcat @Sace I never said they were a thing of the past! It was true in Shakespeare‘s time, in Cather‘s, and in ours. And probably earlier and later too. 4d
Sace @Lcsmcat I don't communicate well lol. It was more a question for me. I'm just working through all my thoughts. Perhaps I should do that in a notebook and not clog the comments here 😂 4d
Lcsmcat @Sace No no - don‘t apologize. I was just agreeing with you!!! I worked in criminal defense for 5 years and I saw it daily. 4d
Sace @Lcsmcat 😁 4d
Graywacke @Sace @Lcsmcat definitely feels worse these last three years than the previous 90 or so 4d
Louise Hello, All—I‘m enjoying all your insightful comments. I‘ve done the reading but been down with flu and headaches for several days, so my critical thinking skills are in the soup. One of my main impressions from this recent section of the book is how brilliantly Cather‘s descriptions of the natural world serve as mirrors for what‘s happening with the human story. 4d
Graywacke @Louise wishing you well and headache-free. (Hate headaches 🙁) And appreciating your impression. 4d
Louise Thanks very much, @Graywacke. 4d
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A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
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Had he “never used to have” that feeling because it hadn‘t cost her in the past, or, as I suspect, because he wasn‘t mature enough to spot it before? #catherbuddyread

batsy I'm with you—I suspect it's the latter. 5d
rubyslippersreads I agree with you and @batsy 5d
Sace I'm also inclined to suspect it's the latter. 5d
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Graywacke Love this line. To me it‘s about an awakening, but I think it‘s news to the reader too. 4d
Lcsmcat @Graywacke Good point. Had I not read the essay you linked to before I started the novel it might have caught me by surprise. I‘m not sure. 4d
Graywacke @Lcsmcat oops... 😁☺️ 4d
Lcsmcat @Graywacke No, it gives it that much more depth! Don‘t apologize!! 4d
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A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
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"The Old West had been settled by dreamers, great-hearted adventurers who were unpractical to the point of magnificence; a courteous brotherhood, strong in attack but weak in defence, who could conquer, but could not hold."

And this is just the beginning of a passage that took my breath away. #catherbuddyread @Graywacke

Sace Oh...er...random image from a search for "prairie background" within the pic collage app. 1w
Lcsmcat This bit caught my attention too. It rings so true! 6d
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I got in under the wire with my 24 hours of reading! It was a great weekend of reading, with tons of great progress on school readings, and several hours of fun reading squeezed in while cooking, eating, cleaning, running, taking the bus, etc. Finished and loved the 2 books on the top row. Loved reading with y'all and celebrating @MrBook ! 😊❤️🎉 #MrBook1inaMillion #readathon #LitsyPartyofOne #24B4Monday #catherbuddyread

MrBook We loved having you join the fun! ☺️🤗😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 You rocked it!! 🔥 1w
Andrew65 Brilliant, an awesome job and thanks for taking part. 👏👏👏🙌🍾🥂🥳🎯😊👍🎈💖 https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ntG50eXbBtc 1w
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Klotsvog | Margarita Khemlin
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Finished Dracula & really enjoyed it! Dense & atmospheric.

Started A Lost Lady for the #catherbuddyread & continued on with King Lear for #ShakespeareReadAlong


To continue with both the Cather & Shakespeare, & to start In Cold Blood for the low-key buddy read with @merelybookish @readordierachel @Texreader (sorry if I missed anyone!)

Will try to start a Net Galley ARC, the tagged book, *if* I can 🤞🏽 @Cinfhen

BarbaraBB Such great reads! 2w
Cathythoughts Great books ! Look forward to your thoughts on In Cold Blood ... I‘m hoping to read too ( for the 3d time ) 2w
Cinfhen I‘m also hoping to add one ARC a week 🤞🏼glad you enjoyed Dracula 🧛‍♂️ that was a great idea @erzascarletbookgasm xx 2w
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batsy @BarbaraBB All thanks to Litsy group reads 😁 2w
batsy @Cathythoughts 3rd time! That speaks very highly of it. I'm excited to start. Join us! 🎉 2w
batsy @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm Fabulous idea! So glad that I finally got around to it. 2w
erzascarletbookgasm @cinfhen @batsy Yes I‘m so glad to read it with two amazing Littens! 💕 2w
Freespirit Love Dracula ❤️ 2w
DGRachel That‘s an amazing cover for Dracula! 😂 2w
batsy @Freespirit A fun read for sure 👍🏽 2w
batsy @DGRachel Really eye-catching! 😆 2w
readordierachel Loving that edition of In Cold Blood! 1w
batsy @readordierachel I was so happy to find it at the discount bookstore! 1w
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A Lost Lady | Willa Cather
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#Catherbuddyread and my first peppermint mocha of the season. 😊☕️ #litsypartyofone ##MrBook1inaMillion #bookandsnack #gratefulreads

Andrew65 Anything with mint in is good during this season. 2w
OriginalCyn620 Love peppermint mochas! 😊 2w
Linsy Yum! 😋 2w
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MrBook Time for the peppermint! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
Clwojick I wish i wasn't allergic to mint - These smell so good! 2w
batsy Such a pretty and inviting photo! 2w
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