The Shimerda family come to Nebraska from Bohemia - but they find the promised land of opportunity a harsh and unforgiving reality. Young Jim Burden - the narrator of the tale - who lives with his grandparents on a homestead nearby, finds ways to be neighborly and to help the Shimerdas and in the process comes to befriend the daughter of the family, Ántonia. For Jim, Ántonia is an embodiment of the female pioneer - self-sufficient, vigorous, and strong enough to withstand the daily challenges of maintaining a family in a primitive countryside. Ántonia's character makes such an impression on Jim, that in later years, he feels compelled to immortalize her in words.
Cather's classic looks back at life on the Nebraska plains from the late 1800s to the turn of the century. The novel is perfect for audio - the narrative tone of reminiscence set when two life-long friends recall the adventures of their childhood. George Guidall's relaxed and unassuming presentation allows the listener to forget the narrator and enjoy the listening experience. He delivers a deep portrait of a pioneer farm community, and especially of its immigrant girls from Denmark, Sweden, and Bohemia, whom the narrator, Jim Burden, especially loves. Guidall is subtly in tune with the writing at all times.
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