My Ántonia

My Ántonia

Paperback - 2005
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Ce livre historique peut contenir de nombreuses coquilles et du texte manquant. Les acheteurs peuvent generalement telecharger une copie gratuite scannee du livre original (sans les coquilles) aupres de l'editeur. Non reference. Non illustre. 1815 edition. Extrait: ...que cette langue a eue dans l'Inde et ses rapports d'origine avec celles du pays, onl produit une langue nouvelle, qui est une combinaison de morisque et d'hindou: on l'appelle hindostani. Elle est tres-riche, tres-harmonieuse, mais peu reguliere et pas encore fixee dans ses principes. On la parle generalement dans l'Hindoustan depuis Lahor jusqu'a l'orient de Delhi. Lekaptchak ou ubgai, qui etait le vrai tartare usite dans les etats de Tamerlan, a beaucoup d'analogie avec le persan ancien. Il se parle encore assez purement chez les Tartares'du Wolga et de la Crimee. Les autres idiomes de laTartarie sont mele de kalmoucL, de russe, et meme d'arabe. LesTurcomaus parlent un dialecte du turc; les Usbeks'un dialecte du pessau. Nous devons faire observer que lemautchou moderne se classe dans la famille des langues tartares, puisqu'il a les memes principes, quoique ses racines soient eu partie differentes. Ce rapprochement entre deux langues qui se parlent aux deux extremites de l'Asie est le resultat des rapports qui ont subsiste entre les peuples orientaux et occidentaux par les conquetes des Kalmoucks ou Mogols, et desTartares (i). Peuples metis ou Mongols caucasiens. Les peuples, en se dispersant, s'etendent en proportion des facilites que le pays leur offre. Dans sa partie occidentale, l'ancien continent etanLpartage en deux par le grand massif central, les Scythes ou peuples mongols ne purent penetrer dans la partie meridionale, qui fut occupee, comme nous le verrons, par la race caucasique. Mais ces memes peuples, ..
Publisher: New York : Signet Classics, 2005
ISBN: 9780451529725
Branch Call Number: FIC CAT
Characteristics: 286 p. ; 18 cm


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Dec 02, 2019

As an Omaha native with family that grew up in the Sandhills of Nebraska this story is a great illustration of our shared immigrant history.

Nov 09, 2019

Another of the novels with historical background in our current reading project. To some extent, this story reflects Cather's own experiences on the frontier. The colors she uses in describing life in Nebraska in the latter part of the 19th Century are wonderful. Her story is about not just one strong woman, but about a number of determined individuals. The book is a must read for those who have lost faith in the promise of America and want to keep all would-be immigrants out.

Jul 31, 2019

The life of Ántonia Shimerda and other Bohemian immigrant girls in homesteader Nebraska is told through the eyes of Jim Burden, a slightly younger neighbor, friend and admirer.

Wanting to read some books set on the prairie I thought I was reading this classic again. Now, I wonder. Nothing came back to me after all these years. I’ve loved many of her books, including 'Oh Pioneers!' and 'The Song of the Lark,' and always recommended 'Death Comes for the Archbishop' to friends spending time in Santa Fe. Loved this, too. Lovingly told. Maybe I was confused by the Norwegian immigrant must-read, Ole Rølvaag’s 'Giants in the Earth' and its tragic heroine Beret Hansa. Wrong.

Nov 01, 2017

What an absolutely beautiful collection of words, ideas, memories, forms, shapes, and feelings!! This book meant the world of my childhood articulated so precisely and accurately to me though I did not grow up in the MidWest, it made my love of the life my grandparents built in the American South even more clear and tender.

Oct 17, 2017

Jim Burden moves to Black Hawk, NE to live with his grandparents after the deaths of his parents. It is there that he met the love of his life Antonia. Jim tells of his interactions with the local children, including Antonia, his work life, & life in general in the harsh conditions of the undeveloped land of the Nebraska prairie. But as it does with many of us, life pulled both Jim & Antonia is different directions. Jim, still unmarried, goes on to become a lawyer & decides to go back to Black Hawk to pay his past a visit. He reconnects with Antonia who is now married with children. She tells Jim of her life after they parted ways, the hard work she puts in each day to make a good life & a good farm for her family. Her husband is a city boy that has landed in the prairie lands of Nebraska, & this is part of the cause for Antonia's difficult work since she is the only one that is accustomed to hard work. Jim returns to his home & his work still pining over his beloved Antonia.

There wasn't any real climax to the story. It was a fairly boring account of a young boy's life in a small town in Nebraska....a bit too close to my own story as a girl that grew up in a very small town in rural south-east Kansas. This story confirmed (as if I needed confirmation) that I should not write a book about my life; it would be boring. Then to top it off, the story ends just after Jim visited Antonia, leading the reader to believe that Jim never marries because he cannot have is only love, Antonia. So depressing.

Age recommendation: 12 & up (it is entirely clean; it's just that I don't think younger readers would find it interesting at all)

On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 5.

Jul 18, 2017

Wonderful book and will interest many readers with a plot including action, romance, friendship and remberance.

Apr 14, 2017

If you want to get a good, solid feel of life in the early 20th century mid-west, this book will do it. There was some drama, but mostly it was about the land and the people, especially those who came to America from Eastern Europe. I felt that I had lived in those times and knew those people well. Everything was real, nothing forced or fabricated right down to the weather on a particular day.

ArapahoeAndrew Aug 01, 2016

Brilliant, beautiful prose with strong characters in an alluring setting. Some passages make you close your eyes and feel the desolation and calm of the Plains as its inhabitants grapple with life itself. If the Midwest appeals to you at all, this book will make you feel at home.

Jan 08, 2015

Well-loved author, Kansas-Nebraska pioneer story. Great read.

Oct 07, 2014

My Antonia, written by Willa Cather, is the final novel in what has been called the Prairie Trilogy. It is story of Antonia Shimerda, told (years later) by one of her friends from childhood, Jim Burden, an orphaned boy from Virginia. Though he leaves the prairie, Jim never forgets the Bohemian girl who profoundly influenced his life (though I believes that he realizes this through the writing of the story). Set mainly in Nebraska, Jim focuses his story on the Shimerdas, an immigrant family whose daughter Antonia becomes one of his most dear childhood friends. Structured into five sections, the novel follows both Antonia and Jim from childhood through adulthood and the events that have shaped their lives. Antonia survives her father's suicide, hires herself out as household help, is abandoned at the altar, gives birth out of wedlock, but eventually achieves fulfillment in life and in the land. Jim, a successful East-coast lawyer, remains romantic, nostalgic, and but ultimately unfulfilled in life. This novel is everything you would expect from a Cather novel, straightforward prose, beautiful descriptions of the vastness of landscape and life on the plains and complex engaging characters. 4 ½ out of 5 stars.

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Jan 25, 2020

Beautiful description of prairie as well as native midwest ecosystem. About immigrant settlers in Nebraska in mid-life 1800s. Cycle of life, hardship, depth of human attachment, not about sex..I can see why it is termed "romantic" genre.


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Laura_X Feb 22, 2019

Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen.


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