"The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman," writes Willa Cather in O Pioneers!
The country is America; the woman is Alexandra Bergson, a fiercely independent young Swedish immigrant girl who inherits her father's farm in Nebraska. A model of emotional strength, courage, and resolve, Alexandra fights long and hard to transform her father's patch of raw, wind-blasted prairie into a highly profitable business.
A gripping saga of love, murder, greed, failure, and triumph, O Pioneers! vividly portrays the hardships of prairie life. Above all, it champions the belief that hard work is the surest road to personal fulfillment. Described upon publication in the New York Times as "American in the best sense of the word," O Pioneers! celebrates the men and women who struggled to build a nation that is both compelling and contradictory.
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Cather writes like Wyeth paints.
Spare, but there.
The American heartland today was kick started by the people described in this book.
An important segment of history comes alive under Willa Cather's pen.
not the right performance for Cather
Not this performance--Cather wrote strong women, and this narrator conveys them poorly. Alexandra's voice sounded like Luna Lovegood, and Marie is portrayed as ditsy rather than feisty. The inflections of the women's voices generally drove me nuts. And the men were portrayed with voices that made me think of fake mustaches in a junior high drama production. Just a mess.
This is a silly question to ask--why would people want to know a reviewer's favorite character?
I would not. My Antonia was one of my all-time favorite books (read in print), and I hoped I would get similar pleasure from listening to O Pioneers on a cross-country car trip, but of the many audiobooks I listened to on the trip (The Great Gatsby, A Farewell to Arms, Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, . 1776, Alice in Wonderland, To Kill a Mockingbird) this was the only disappointment.
Another silly question.
Audible posts reviews at its discretion? The unavailability of reliable reviews is one of the reasons I have cancelled my Audible subscription.
- Gretchen Gordon