A very good book. Cather does a very good description of the land of the American plains at the turn of the 19th/20th century. The land is almost the biggest character in the book, as someone from that part of the country I could picture it how she described perfectly. Even though this is a work of fiction the story of Swedish, Czech, Bohemian and German immigrants is so well written it made you feel the struggles and trimphs they went through to turn that part of America into the breadbasket it has come to be today....Continua
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, [the author] 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....Continua
This magnificent story brings to life the sights, sounds, and scents of the windy Nebraska prairie just as it probes the real human emotions of [the protagonist] as she inherits her father's failing farm, raises her brothers alone, and is torn by the emergence of an unexpected passion. Long regarded as a literary landmark, [this book] is a novel simply and beautifully told, and reveals the emerging voice – independent, direct, and heartfelt – of one of America's greatest authors....Continua
Cather's description of Nebraska prairie is fascinating...it makes me want to visit the place where the story of Bergson family took place. I especially love the way Cather dealt with the interrelationship between human and the land. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the novel:
"These wild things are God's birds. He watches them and counts them, as we do our cattle." --Ivar, explaining to the Bergson boys why the they should not shoot birds.
"The history of every country begins in the heart of of a man or a woman." narrator's definition of history.