My rating: 5 of 5 stars
If I could eat dinner with anyone past or present, Willa Cather would surely be on my list.
My Antonia is told as a sort of biography made up of recollections of a boy that grew up near this Bohemian immigrants family. But the way Cather describes the land, the people, the events, they come alive. Such mundane acts as diving cattle, having a picnic or going to the opera become events described in poetry but grounded in realism. Cather certainly has a way of transporting you soul and body into the pages of a book.
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"At any rate, that is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great."
"I know so many women who have kept all the things that she had lost, but whose inner flow ha s faded. Whatever else was gone, Antonia had not lost the fire of life."