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  • Title: O Pioneers!
  • Author: Willa Cather
  • ISBN: 9780679743620
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Paperback
  • O Pioneers 1913 was Willa Cather s first great novel, and to many it remains her unchallenged masterpiece No other work of fiction so faithfully conveys both the sharp physical realities and the mythic sweep of the transformation of the American frontier and the transformation of the people who settled it Cather s heroine is Alexandra Bergson, who arrives on the wind O Pioneers 1913 was Willa Cather s first great novel, and to many it remains her unchallenged masterpiece No other work of fiction so faithfully conveys both the sharp physical realities and the mythic sweep of the transformation of the American frontier and the transformation of the people who settled it Cather s heroine is Alexandra Bergson, who arrives on the wind blasted prairie of Hanover, Nebraska, as a girl and grows up to make it a prosperous farm But this archetypal success story is darkened by loss, and Alexandra s devotion to the land may come at the cost of love itself.At once a sophisticated pastoral and a prototype for later feminist novels, O Pioneers is a work in which triumph is inextricably enmeshed with tragedy, a story of people who do not claim a land so much as they submit to it and, in the process, become greater than they were.
    O Pioneers O Pioneers was Willa Cather s first great novel and to many it remains her unchallenged masterpiece No other work of fiction so faithfully conveys both the sharp physical realities and the mythi

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    1. I was entranced by the Nebraska prairie and a wonderful leading woman, living a century ago a time and place I have never been, but which leaped from the pages, with simple craftsmanship, to sculpt the landscape of my mind s eye, as Alexandra transformed both her fields and the lives of those around her.The final thirteen pages felt written by or about a different person, not the author and protagonist I thought I knew Prairie SpringThe novel opens with a poem contrasting the harsh landscape wit [...]

    2. Alexandra Bergson, at a young age , has to take care of her family and farm, in Nebraska, with the untimely death of their father John, he wished his oldest child and smartest , to guide the poor immigrants from Sweden in the 1880 s, everyone agrees at first, struggling on the harsh prairie, are also brothers Lou, Oscar and five year old Emil, her pet, the mother knows little about farming An endless drought soon after begins , the Sun baking the soil , the crops withering for lack of rain, year [...]

    3. Alexandra looked at him mournfully I try to be liberal about such things than I used to be I try to realize that we are not all made alike Everything in O Pioneers is beauty to me I am so in love with this book Maybe it is because I have it in my brain that pioneers by definition suck that Willa Cather always catches me by surprise and turns me upside down It s like walking through an alien landscape and then running into my best friend I thought what I would find was Michael Landon crying into [...]

    4. Can we even imagine what it was like for the early homesteaders and pioneers, arriving most likely from somewhere in Europe in a last ditch effort to make something out of nothing There it is before them a vast, lonely, rolling plain of earth meeting a vast, lonely, infinite sky Where does one even begin In this novel, Willa Cather takes us on a journey where we see exactly where it begins with sod huts or log cabins or some form of shelter Then comes the dawn to dark labour of breaking the grou [...]

    5. The history of every country begins in the heart of a man or a woman I don t know why I haven t read this before it seems like the kind of novel I should have been assigned in 9th grade but I m glad I read it as an adult because I wouldn t have appreciated it as much when I was younger I am from the Midwest and my grandparents were farmers, and I loved Willa Cather s stories about what it was like for the pioneers in Nebraska I liked Cather s spare writing style she gives just the right amount o [...]

    6. Once again, a second time, I was at the mercy of Willa Cather s writing, and closed this book with a feeling of accomplishment as a reader as well as a human being.In my world, than a century after this novel was written, we still battle nature on a daily basis and we are aware that nature will return the moment we leave this little piece of earth for a respite With seed, roots and rain, the stories of ages of human history will be covered in an instant, wiped away as though we never walked the [...]

    7. Isn t it queer there are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before like the larks in this country, that have been singing the same five notes over for thousands of years.If you ve read Willa Cather s famous My Antonia, you re already aware of the Bohemian community, those farming pioneers of the American frontier she writes about The young Swede protagonist of this novel, Alexandra Bergson, is familiar she grows up to be [...]

    8. This book gets high marks from the critics, and One of Ours won the Pulitzer Prize, but of all her prairie novels, My ntoniais my favorite But they are all well written, all very readable, all worth reading.

    9. Rating 3.75 of fiveThe Publisher Says 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 [...]

    10. Beginning with simplicity, innocence and hope, Willa Cather runs her pioneers through the ring of fire that is the hallmark of the pioneer s life and only some of them survive.Perhaps I ve made that sound exciting than O Pioneers actually is There are far too many dull scenes in this book for me to call it a perfect classic, but it is a solid addition to American western frontier literature Writing from her experiences, Cather populated her novel with Scandinavian immigrants, gave them backbone [...]

    11. Alexandra Bergson may just be my favorite female protagonist Holy Moly was I impressed with the strength of this book considering the time period that it was crafted in The Bergson s own a farm in Hanover, Nebraska and while most of the world is moving away from farmland and towards the new technology and quite literally moving closer to the river Alex puts her foot down and takes control of her family s farm Despite having 2 older brothers Lou Oscar dimwits and 1 younger brother Emil, she stand [...]

    12. Where has Willa Cather been all my reading life Until fairly recently, I d never heard of her Now that I ve read just one of her novels, I want to read This short novel is centred on Alexandra Bergson, the daughter of Swedish immigrants whose intelligence and hard work brings her success as a farmer in a rural area of early 20th century Nebraska It s a deceptively simple novel, with a third person narrative progressed in chronological order However, even though Cather s narrative style is strai [...]

    13. I was enraptured by Cather s smooth prose, the beautifully woven descriptions of the land with its double facet hostile wilderness and source of livelihood I warmed to all the characters, who were exquisitely painted in relation to the different degrees of understanding of the land, I fell prey to the nostalgic hues that tinted the story, its cinematic texture but when I turned the last page of the book, I felt part of the magic disappeared by Alexandra s conservative morals view spoiler I endor [...]

    14. Willa Cather appears to write so effortlessly or, perhaps, I should say, her prose reads so effortlessly Her characters ring true and the land looms over them all Of course Cather lived on that prairie and knew that land Cather knew farm families like the Bergsons and possibly a woman like Alexandra Bergson, whose life was fully formed and influenced by the land.There are different views of the land s influence on its people John Bergson had the Old World belief that land, in itself, is desirabl [...]

    15. I remember putting Death Comes for the Archbishop back on the library shelf when I was kid, thinking it sounded boring Perhaps that preconception stuck with me, because this is the first Cather I ve read It is far from boring The prose seems effortless, the pages turn quickly and I became invested in the characters.Over the weekend, while in Jackson, Mississippi, I came across a quoted conversation in the Mississippi Writers Exhibit in the public library renamed the Eudora Welty Library that had [...]

    16. Este es otro libro para sentir m s que para dejarse llevar por la trama, es muy cortito, sencillo pero TAN evocador Habla de gente corriente, de trabajadores y de mujeres emprendedoras a m s no poder El final me ha desconcertado un poco pero en general me ha parecido una delicida de lectura y adem s me ha enganchado much simo, justo lo que necesitaba.

    17. I don t know how, but I got through all of high school and college in America without reading a word of Willa Cather It all worked out for the best though, since ten years ago I would have probably found her work like, totally boring and about farming and the human condition, or whatever.I picked up My Antonia a few months ago and loved it to bits to me, nothing beats stories written in ordinary language about ordinary people Mix in some bleak, sweeping plains, some overtly lesbian action, and, [...]

    18. 5 shining stars O Pioneers is another beautifully written book by Willa Cather I could see the fields, landscape, orchards, animals, nature and I could feel the cold winds and biting snow I loved Alexandra and admired her kindness, intelligence, determination, dedication and hard work Cather s writing took me back in time and the characters became my pioneer friends and neighbours As written on the back cover, One of the most important American writers of the twentieth century, Willa Cather mine [...]

    19. Aunque al principio se me hizo algo lento, hubo un punto en que el libro despeg y no pude parar de leer, pero el final me volvi a desinflar Algunos personajes me han ca do terriblemente mal, por ejemplo los hermanos de Alexandra excepto Emil , y hay otros que me han encandilado, como Carl, Ivar o Marie Me ha gustado tambi n que se deje ver la revoluci n tecnol gica de aquellos tiempos y la gesti n de las tierras, as como la diferencia entre los puntos de vista de la gente de campo y la gente de [...]

    20. Willa Cather 1873 1947 Isn t it queer there are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before like the larks in this country, that have been singing the same five notes over for thousands of years.A curious chance it is that in the midst of bitter efforts by Republican legislators in the American South to protect us all from the terrifying possibility that someone with different sexual equipment might have the temerity to us [...]

    21. The prairie land of Nebraska, many immigrants from other countries flocked to the wide open spaces and land for the taking, many were defeated by the harsh conditions Where the weather could make or break one, were intakes were most often re paid in misfortune Many would leave, go back to the cities and jobs in factories, but for those who stayed, made wise decisions the land would yield much.A wonderful story, beautiful but plain prose, descriptive writing, one can feel the beauty and alternate [...]

    22. Hell, I even thought I was dead til I found out it was just that I was in Nebraska Gene Hackman as Little Bill Daggett, UnforgivenWilla Cather s opening description of Nebraska is unlikely to find its way into the Cornhusker State s tourism bureau pamphlets She describes the fictional town of Hanover as near to being blown away by a howling wind she describes low drab buildings a gray sky a gray prairie The Nebraska of O Pioneers is hard, unforgiving, yet tempting it is a land that is waiting to [...]

    23. Willa Cather is a genius There, I said it It s out of the way O Pioneers was published in 1913 and I m convinced, had it been published just a few years later, she would ve won the Pulitzer for it Sadly, the prize had yet to be established when O Pioneers was published It was established for fiction 5 years later, and she received it, anyway, in 1922 for One of Ours.Many factors go into making Cather such a brilliant writer but foremost, in my mind, is her ability to effortlessly describe the es [...]

    24. I read this book many times Why Its a beautiful book and georgous stage play This was the first professional Equity play our daughter was in at the age of 9.I ve want to read another Willa Cather book soon My Antonia was also wonderful.A book I haven t read yet and would like to is The Professor s House Willa Cather is a beautiful writer

    25. I ve heard about this for years It s supposed to be a classic I don t know exactly what I expected, but this wasn t it There wasn t enough detail to really catch my attention It was a bit of a character study of the strong people that built our country, but they were all caricatures Silly, virginal love threads intertwined with tough characters in a really interesting landscape time that didn t get nearly enough attention A lot of good elements, but it just didn t do much for me It started out k [...]

    26. like 3.5 stars I saw some reviews where people claimed this novel of Willa Cather s made of an impression on them than My Antonia I can t say I agree or disagree Both novels have their strengths in characters and plot, but Cather s writing in My Antonia simply blows O Pioneers out of the water Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed escaping to this countryside world that Cather so colorfully described and I look forward to returning to it soon.

    27. Me ha parecido un gran relato sobre un grupo de personas, una generaci n, aquellos pioneros que viajaron de Europa a Am rica en el siglo XIX para labrarse literalmente un futuro De hecho, contar la historia mediante saltos temporales y elipsis me ha parecido un acierto Willa Cather es muy h bil al crear una sensaci n de continuidad y de expansi n constante de la historia Al fin y al cabo, las personas solo est n de paso, lo que queda es la tierra Es interesante ver c mo ese grupo prospera y como [...]

    28. My journey from Poole in Dorset up to London on the train and then back again yesterday was made so easy by virtue of reading this book that I did not even notice that i was 20 mins late into London in the morning and 40 mins late back into Poole last night Well maybe a little but it was certainly made less frustrating This was a quite wonderful novel in so many ways and the danger would be that I could collapse into cliche but I shall try to restrain myself You know how often people talk of the [...]

    29. Un libro muy tranquilo, amable que me estaba encantando hasta que llega la parte del drama que desequilibra el resto de la historia porque hasta entonces hab a evitado expresarlo abiertamente, se ve an las rencillas y que pod a explotar de un momento a otro, pero vamos que pensaba que iba a ser con los hermanos mayores El final final s que me ha gustado,.Creo que le hubiera ido mejor a la historia si se hubiera contado todo mientras Emil era peque o, una de mis partes favoritas sin duda, y es qu [...]

    30. Coming back to read this book for a second time reminded me that when I first read Willa Cather many years ago she took me to a time and place I had known nothing about and she made me realise that there were sides to classic writing than I had realised.Before I read her books the only American woman author I knew was Louisa May Alcott.Enthused by my new discovery I read every single book I could find in a short space of time, not really stopping to think about the arc of her storytelling life [...]

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