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, the Shimerdas, whose eldest daughter is named Ántonia. The book's narrator, Jim Burden, arrives in the fictional town of Black Hawk, Nebraska, on the same train as the Shimerdas, as he goes to live with his grandparents after his parents have died. Jim develops strong feelings for Ántonia, something between a crush and a filial bond, and the reader views Ántonia's life, including its attendant struggles and triumphs, through that lens.
Published: Start Publishing LLC an imprint of NBN Books on Nov 1, 1973
I enjoyed the photographs in this book, partly because they're from the NC mountains! The pictures of Montreat and Lake Susan brought back fond memories of going to Music and Worship conferences (with people from my church) there a couple of summers when I was a teenager.read more
Jim Burden and his grandparents move to Black Hawk (ie Middle of Nowhere) Nebraska at the same time as a family of Bohemian immigrants. Jim tells the story, but while it is autobiographical, it is as much Antonia's story as his own. Antonia is the middle child of the Bohemians. We watch them age to adulthood. There is no single plot thread, but rather each segment of the book has its own story with the same set of characters.read more
I grew up in Hastings, Nebraska, just a hop from Willa Cather's hometown, Red Cloud. I have been to Red Cloud. I have reclined in the tall red grass on a bright spring day. I can not believe I had not read this book- amazing, beautiful. I am going to read it every year.read more
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