Rosowski, by permission of the University of Nebraska Press.
Reviews Cecily The final thirteen pages felt written by or about a different person, not the author and protagonist I thought I knew.
Prairie SpringThe novel opens with a poem contrasting the harsh landscape with the power of youth to trigger change, including: Against all this, Youth,Flaming like the wild roses…Flashing like a star out of the twilight She has big plans to try new things, buy more land, employ farmhands, and get little Emil aged 5 educated.
Alexandra is the leading person, but the landscape is the main character. Everyone in The Divide is an outsider, identified by their heritage Swedish, French, Bohemian etcas they strive to survive and conquer the harsh and unfamiliar soil and climate, while battling blizzards, prairie dogs, snakes, cholera, and debt.
But Alexandra is a woman. First impressions are conjured by short plain words: Part II — Neighboring FieldsSixteen years later and the writing style is the same, but the landscape is transformed: Freed from the stress of basic survival, pleasure can sometimes be indulged: She gently reminds them that they each had their share when they married, and lists the many things she did to build their wealth, which they belittle and dismiss.
Long fingers of light reached through the apple branches as though a net; the orchard was riddled and shot with gold; light was the reality, the trees were merely interferences that reflected and refracted light.
However, many of the characters are hurting, longing, trying to suppress things, and there is a sense of possible doom. Betrayal in the story, but I felt betrayed as a reader. For the first four sections, I was in awe of Alexandra: Somehow, Cather makes this admirable woman entirely believable and likeable.
She just does the research, takes calculated risks, and firmly but gently demonstrates the best way to do things, getting her way, without pressuring anyone. She is aspirational for her family, especially Emil and niece Molly, but loves her land more than any possessions. But she fiercely defends the rights of others to live, dress, and think differently, even to the detriment of her own relationships and reputation, most notably by taking in Ivar, a barefoot, Bible-loving, bird-loving, vegetarian, and amateur veterinarian who has visions.
In this final section, everything changes. To get to this ending, Alexandra should have been a different person all along; not radically different, but different. He broods, feels wronged by his lack of closeness to his wife, but lacks the proof of why or who.
She not only blames herself and Marie, but goes further, and seeks to get Frank pardoned and released! Muddled thinking in the aftermath of trauma is common. But not to that extent and for so long.
It wasn't as if religious faith had played an important part in her life church community, yes, but that's a different matterand even devout Christians would not necessarily think forgiveness involved petitioning for punishment to be rescinded.
And then, an excessively quick and easy happy-ever-after with Carl is bolted on. I've read books where I've been stunned in a positive way Stoner, and Stefansson's Heaven and Hell triptych, and Toibin's Testament of Mary come to mindand others where I've felt the last few pages unnecessary, and perhaps diluted the force of the main narrative Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible.
But this just jarred. It tainted the preceding sections. An endless drought soon after beginsthe Sun baking the soilthe crops withering for lack of rain, year after year, fail, many farmers give up and leave for the cities, but the Bergson's endure, because of the wise and strong leadership that Alexandra brings the people around there, recognize that fact.
The little town of Hanover, a short distance away, takes care of the needs of the local farmers, she Alexandra often meets her only friend Carl Linstrum there, from a neighboring farm, but he doesn't have a clue what to do in life, moody, always daydreaming, unsure, the obvious is in front of his eyes but he cannot focus The aimless Carl has left, and lonely Alexandra has many Swedish female servants to take care of the new house, and enjoys their company, no log cabin like the old one, even old Crazy lvar works for her, he has occasional spells, nothing to worry about as does Lou and Oscara man who loves animals better than he does humans, neglected his farm and lost it.
Emil has graduated from the University of Nebraska, at Lincoln, he is thinking about becoming a lawyer, a profession that doesn't appeal to him or anybody elsehe secretly falls in love with a married woman, effervescent Marie Shabata, her brooding, jealous husband Frank treats her badly, no love between the two has existed for years, something will happen soon, that will cause a scandal, so the naive Emil goes to Mexico City.
To forget his troubles, have funand adventures, meet new exciting people, a different society, far away from Nebraska, but you can't escape your destiny."My Antonia" is a very lovely novel authored by Willa Cather.
It is about farm and town life in Nebraska near the end of the Nineteenth Century. The story is told through a male narrator and Antonia is a central figure throughout/5(K).
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