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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, 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
ISBN: 9781625584656
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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
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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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A very enjoyable story set in Nebraska during the late 1800's and early 1900's. The story is narrated by a young man named Jim, who lives with his grandparents in the Nebraska flat lands. He tells of the hardships of the early settlers to the area. The story mainly revolves around a young woman named Antonia and Jim who grow up together but go their seperate ways in later years.read more
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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.
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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.
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A very enjoyable story set in Nebraska during the late 1800's and early 1900's. The story is narrated by a young man named Jim, who lives with his grandparents in the Nebraska flat lands. He tells of the hardships of the early settlers to the area. The story mainly revolves around a young woman named Antonia and Jim who grow up together but go their seperate ways in later years.
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My Antonia is one of those comforting books for me. I return to it again and again, and love it every time I read it. It has certainly profoundly influenced the way I think about life. I'm not sure exactly what it is, but perhaps, Antonia stirs my soul and awakens that part of me passed down from my own Bohemian grandmothers. I love Antonia's strength, her zest for living, and the way she never shies away from hard work. For me, Antonia captures the very essence of being an American and even more, she stands as the quintessential woman: full of love, strength, and happiness despite the hard times life may throw at her. I love the fact that she finds joy in being a mother and is surrounded by many adoring children. Although she rejoices in the success of her friends, for her, life is meaningful, not because of money or worldly success, but because of the love of her family and what they have built together. That is very much the vision I have for my life. When I grow old, I may not be ambitious, rich, or beautiful, but I hope like Antonia to be happy and surrounded by a large, loving family. 
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My Antonia is a wonderfully evocative novel of the early settlement of the Great Plains seen through the life of a well rounded, "living" character. A novel that will sweep the reader away while it lasts.
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My Antonia is difficult to summarize for several reasons. It is not plot-driven by any means. It is, rather, a portrait; or many portraits.It is the portrait of a lovely, strong, young immigrant girl as she grows into a strong Midwest farm woman. Her story is told through the eyes of Jim, a younger boy who reveres her. It is also the coming-of-age story of Jim, himnself, as he grows and moves on from farm, to town, to university.The main character, though, is the Nebraska prairie. It is as vital a part of the characters as the lungs with which they breathed in the pure country air in their youth.

I loved My Antonia. It immediately became a favorite of mine.The writing was stunning. The language was clear and simple, yet masterfully conveyed an exquisite portrait of a beautiful landscape, and the strength, courage and simplicity of the people who ventured to wrest a living from that landscape.

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