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This novel has such deep descriptions of the praire before and while it was being settled that I actually can picture every place in the novel in my mind. Parts of the novel still haunt my dreams. There are details and compelling descriptions of being snow-bound in cave-like early house and of being a German immigrant settling on the praire straight from the city. Best of all this novel to me celebrates the fact that to be successful in life doesn't have to mean riches and fame but can also mean living a good quite life without disaster and watching your children grow with in the company of old friends.
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I first read this book back in the very early 70's. My husband was still in college then but became an English teacher. He recommended it and taught it for 35 years in a high school in Omaha. Incredible book. I was born and still live in Nebraska. It is a special view of the immigrants of this prairie land. I recommend it highly. I never take or have the time to read anymore and the iPod and audiobooks have opened up a world that I have missed a lot. I can do all sorts of household chores while listening to a book. This is a special story of the pioneers of Nebraska. Everything except the characters are real and as it really was back then. Will Cather tells it with the depth and magic it deserves.
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