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My Ántonia

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Author: Willa Cather
Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 82,464 / 227 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.6
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 8,172 1612
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My Ántonia tells the stories of several immigrant families who move out to rural Nebraska to start new lives in America, with a particular focus on a Bohemian family.

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he was a restless, headstrong girl, even then, who liked to astonish her friends. Later, when I knew her, she was always doing something unexpected. She gave one of her town houses for a Suffrage headquarters, produced one of her own plays at the Princess Theater, was arrested for picketing during a garment-makers' strike, etc. I am never able to believe that she has much feeling for the causes to which she lends her name and her fleeting interest. She is handsome, energetic, executive, but to me she seems unimpressionable and temperamentally incapable of enthusiasm. Her husband's quiet tastes irritate her, I think, and she finds it worth while to play the patroness to a group of young poets and painters of advanced ideas and mediocre ability. She has her own fortune and lives her own life. For some reason, she wishes to remain Mrs. James Burden.

As for Jim, no disappointments have been severe enough to chill his naturally romantic and ardent disposition. This disposition, though it often made him s

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Average Rating of 4.5 from 2 reviews: *****
John Buckingham

A beautiful book-one of the best I've read.A powerful evocation of the gift of life and its tremendous urge to thrive and persist.


Good coming-of-age novel, set in Nebraska during the pioneer days. The slower pace of the novel helps you to spend time with the characters and really feel like you know them.



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