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Book Review: O Pioneers!

August 22, 2018

 

 

 

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Title: O Pioneers!

Author: Willa Cather

Genre: Classic Fiction

Age Range YA and up

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Set on the Nebraska prairie where Willa Cather (1873–1947) grew up, this powerful early novel tells the story of the young Alexandra Bergson, whose dying father leaves her in charge of the family and of the lands they have struggled to farm. In Alexandra's long flight to survive and succeed, O Pioneers! relates an important chapter in the history of the American frontier.


Evoking the harsh grandeur of the prairie, this landmark of American fiction unfurls a saga of love, greed, murder, failed dreams, and hard-won triumph. In the fateful interaction of her characters, Willa Cather compares with keen insight the experiences of Swedish, French, and Bohemian immigrants in the United States. And in her absorbing narrative, she displays the virtuoso storytelling skills that have made her one of the most admired masters of the American novel.

 

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I picked up this book because it was about pioneers, but then realized it was by Willa Cather, who has written many classic books. There is a reason her books are known as classic works.

 

Cather's writing is magical. I love reading about the pioneer era and wanted to feel like I was there in the story. The way Cather writes, I certainly felt that.

 

I could see the landscape, feel the breeze on my face, and smell the air. 

 

The characters were all equally interesting. The plot itself was rather loose, and at times I wasn't sure where the story was going. But I didn't care because her descriptions caused my mind to wander to different places. 

 

It ended very differently than I would have liked or expected. Still, I am definitely picking up her other books! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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