O Pioneers!

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Author: Willa Cather
Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 55,805 / 157 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.8
LoC Category: PN
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 6,270
mnybks.net#: 1613
Origin: gutenberg.org

In the early 1900s, Alexandra Bergson, daughter of a Swedish immigrant, inherits the family farm when her father dies and she chooses to devote her life to making the farm work -- at a time when other immigrants are leaving the prairies of Nebraska. The novel also follows the romance between Alexandra and a family friend, and between Alexandra's brother and a married woman.

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ld. He cried quietly, and the few people who hurried by did not notice him. He was afraid to stop any one, afraid to go into the store and ask for help, so he sat wringing his long sleeves and looking up a telegraph pole beside him, whimpering, "My kitten, oh, my kitten! Her will fweeze!" At the top of the pole crouched a shivering gray kitten, mewing faintly and clinging desperately to the wood with her claws. The boy had been left at the store while his sister went to the doctor's office, and in her absence a dog had chased his kitten up the pole. The little creature had never been so high before, and she was too frightened to move. Her master was sunk in despair. He was a little country boy, and this village was to him a very strange and perplexing place, where people wore fine clothes and had hard hearts. He always felt shy and awkward here, and wanted to hide behind things for fear some one might laugh at him. Just now, he was too unhappy to care who laughed. At last he seemed to see a ray of


Average Rating of 5 from 2 reviews: *****
Alan Balcombe

Well known as a classic American novel, this book is also just a great read.
Beautifully written, with strong characters, it gives a vivid impression of the tough frontier farming life and communities.
Read it - and like me, you'll want to extol it's virtues to others, like so many have done before.

52 Books

I liked this book a lot, because the characters drew me into the story, and told me the struggles that they went through.

The story is about a Swedish family that came to Nebraska to become farmers and how they survive and the troubles that they go through.

I can't really say anything negative about the book. It was a really fast read, and I would recommend this book.

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