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I prefer Cather's 'Death Comes for the Archbishop', but 'My Antonia' is still beautiful, soothing; "a rich mine of life, like the founders of early races." Willa Cather, for me, is one of those deep rivers of American writing. Everything seems to flow gently and slow, but there is huge power and great depth in every page.
George Guidall delivers another solid narration, but the overall production quality is not very good. It sounds like it was recorded using wet equipment in a tin box.
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Willa Cather's My Antonia is clearly an American classic, and I can recommend it on that basis alone, but beyond that story she tells, through the voice of Jim Burden, the narrator, is just riveting. Many of us have been to early American homes that are maintained by state governments or the National Park Service, and they're fine; but here is a story that tells us what days in the life of a real pioneering family was like. What was it really like to travel for more than a month (overland from Bohemia to some European port, sail across the Atlantic, take train after train to some rail head beyond Kansas City, and then by horse) to a wind blown prairie that you now had to live on, and if you didn't make up your mind to live on it you would most certainly die on it. What was it like to live in a hole in the ground during an entire Nebraska winter? Would you really like to be the very first human being to bust Nebraska sod with a plow so that you convert it into crop land? If you thought life was hard for those people, think again. It was really, really hard. But despite the harshness and the frequent tragedies in their lives, this is a story about the triumph of the human spirit.
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