December 1, 2017
Looking Back - O Pioneers!
Looking Back... In an effort to transfer my book journal entries over to this blog, I'm going to attempt to post (in chronological order) an entry every Friday. I may or may not add extra commentary to what I jotted down in these journals.
O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
1988 Houghton Mifflin Company (first published in 1913)
Finished on May 5, 1997
Rating: 4.5/5 (Excellent)
In O Pioneers!, Willa Cather introduces Alexandra Bergson, the daughter of Swedish immigrant farmers, whose devotion to the land sustains her against the hardships and suffering of prairie life. With Alexandra, Willa Cather created the model for a series of remarkable, spirited heroines. This vivid portrait of the American frontier reveals Cather's powerful themes as it enthralls new generations of readers.
Willa Cather was born in 1873 in Virginia, but at the age of nine, she moved with her family to Nebraska; this landscape later provided her with the setting for many of her finest stories. After graduating from the University of Nebraska she worked as a journalist, a teacher, and as an editor at McClure's magazine, until deciding to write full-time. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Willa Cather is the author of more than fifteen books, including My Antonia and The Song of the Lark.
My Original Notes (1997):
Excellent! A great novel. Similar in some ways to My Antonia. I felt strongly connected to the characters and didn't want the story to end. Beautiful descriptions of the landscape as in My Antonia. Grabbed my attention from the very start.
My Current Thoughts:
As I recall, I wound up liking this novel better than My Antonia. I wish I had taken more detailed notes in my reading journal because now I only have a slight recollection of the plot and cast of characters. I guess it's time to read it again.