CHARGE (What was the author trying to say?): Cather wanted to bring the American West to life and make it personally interesting.
FACTS: I feel sure I read this in high school, but I know I didn’t appreciate it. What beautiful descriptions of the rolling red grasses covering the Nebraska plains and the wide-open skies. This is a beautiful coming-of-age novel centered around an orphaned boy from Virginia and his “Bohemian” childhood friend. The book is rich in description – both of place and of the spirit.
VERDICT (Was the author successful?): Guilty, as charged. I was sorry when this book ended!