Docket Page 12 – My Antonia by Willa Cather

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!

One thought on “Docket Page 12 – My Antonia by Willa Cather

  1. As part of my too-extensive-to-manage library, this book made me read it when life was a little less hectic. Something puts the voice and presence of Mrs. Mary Dorsett in my mind as having talked about it, maybe as early as 9th grade. I do remember it being a pleasure to read although its details are part of the assemblage that helps make up this complicated ‘me’.


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