Tuesday, September 19, 2017

My Antonia

My Antonia / Willa Cather, 272 p.

The first title in our new Classics Book Club, to be discussed September 19 at 2pm.  After reading it I have no trouble understanding why this novel is a true classic of American literature, and why so many people have already told me it's one of their favorite books.  Jim, the grandson of successful Nebraska farmers, grows up alongside Antonia, the child of impoverished Czech immigrants.  They have a lifelong connection which survives differences of class, language and religion.  This is a beautiful but not idealized portrait of rural and small town American life at the end of the 19th century.

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