O Pioneers!
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O Pioneers!
Willa Cather
Literature
Aug 12, 2018
In Hanover, Nebraska, a Swedish immigrant dies and leaves his farm not to his sons, but to his daughter. Despite drought, economic depression, and the demands of the land the family inhabits, Alexandra Bergson, one of American literature’s most vivid heroines, is determined to make a success of the farm through ambitious expansion and diligent husbandry. Weathering the challenges posed by her brothers and by her loneliness as a frontierswoman, she navigates practical and emotional complexities by means of an inner compass that, if not unerring, is enduringly true, even when she loses sight of it. The first book in a trilogy of “prairie novels” that includes the equally rewarding The Song of the Lark and My Ántonia, O Pioneers! is the story of a woman who must learn what it means to come into her inheritance, just as it reveals the artistry of a writer who is discovering hers.
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Oct 28, 2018
I adore Willa Cather. Lucy Gayheart is one of my favorite classic novels.
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Nov 28, 2018
It has been ages, but I liked this more than I thought I would.
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Cather gives a voice to the prairie unlike any other writer. "O Pioneers!" is possibly her finest example of this.
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