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For all I know, there have been ten films of this novel already.

That's weakness of the book, one way it falls short of really deserving to be called a "world's classic", that it was ripe for Hollywood when it was published in , even before Hollywood was ripe for it. It begins with a description of the hard-scrabble homestead and it ends with a paean to the " Teachers, don't assign this book as a depiction of the history of the Midwest. Some few sodbusters may have felt ennobled by their land, but a lot more of them were plenty ready to sell to greenhorns and move farther west or south.

That's the true story of the agricultural frontier in America, from colonial days through the Ohio Valley and onward to the Dakotas; those who got rich did so more by selling than by clinging to the soil. Cather herself may have loved the western skies but she wrote under the skies of eastern and European cities.

Those shining-eyed Young have been fleeing to either coast since the first pioneers gave birth to them. The prosperity that Cather portrayed among the Swedes and Bohemians of Nebraska in the years before WW1 was an artifact of the world economy. It was a bubble. It collapsed soon enough. Nebraska and the Dakotas haven't thrived in the way "O Pioneers! Declining populations, stagnant and dying towns, narrow-minded reactionary social and political grudges against the very sort of people that Willa Cather became! The story of Alexandra and Carl ends at the brink of their future; I can almost promise you that if they'd lived as long as my great-grandmother, they'd have retired in Arizona.

But there is a resonant grandeur to "O Pioneers! It's not as colorful or touching as the work of Ole Rolvaag; "Giants in the Earth" and its sequels are the greatest 'world's classics' of the American West. It's nowhere near the epic adventure, the magniloquent sweep, of the four Emigrant novels of the Swedish writer Vilhelm Moberg. But once you pick it up, you won't be tempted to read anything else until you finish it, and once you finish it, the woman Alexandra will stick in the family-photo album of your mind.

August 5, - Published on Amazon. But this is the first novel I've read by her and I wasn't disappointed. I read it in a day and was only sorry it wasn't longer. Willa Cather is one of those authors I'd always intended to read but somehow never quite got around to it. I'm sorry I waited so long.

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I think her chief ability as a novelist is to develop realistic, well-rounded characters. I felt as if I'd known these people and shared hardship and triumph with them.


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The list of 19th and 20th century authors who thought she was the best is very long. Now I see why her contemporaries thought so highly of her.

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She is awesome. I noticed some young readers' reviews had a hard time "getting her". I'm not too surprised. The pioneers : or the sources of the Susquehanna. Volume v.

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Lang: - eng, Vol: - Volume V3. 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.

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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!

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