O pioneers! by Willa Cather
Age Group: Adult
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Publication Date: 1913
Alexandra Bergson, the daughter of Swedish immigrants, takes over the family farm after her father's death and falls under the spell of the rich, forbidding Nebraska prairie. Strong and resolute, she turns the wild landscape into orderly fields.
Born of Willa Cather's early ties to the prairie and the immigrants who tamed it, O Pioneers! established new territory in American literature. In her transformation of ordinary Americans into authentic literary characters, Cather discovered her own voice.
A rich evocation of 19th-century American life on the prairie, Cather's novel of immigrant homesteaders in Nebraska celbrates the landscape
I didn't really mind the book up until the ending.
Was it slow? Yes
Was it over descriptive? Yes
Were most of the characters dull or annoying? Yes
Even with that I really didn't hate the book until the end. I was able to read the book, and understand it. Even though the book dragged and was over descriptive I was able to deal with it. I was really annoyed with the characters, especially Lou and Oscar. Even Marie annoyed me at times, simply because she was just too happy. I was okay with the book until part five. By the end I was ready to toss the book in the trash, but I didn't want to pay the school fine. I couldn't believe everyone blamed Emil and Marie for their death. Even Alex feels for Frank. I was like WHAT THE HELL! It isn't there fault they got shot, they didn't shoot themselves. THEY WERE MURDERED, and Alex want to pardon him. How much sense does that make? Oh and wile we're at it lets blame the girl who was shot in the lung! Last time I checked double homicide was frowned upon. Frank shouldn't be felt sorry for, he got what he deserved, he murdered his own wife, and Alex's brother. Considering how much she "loved" Emil you would think she would have had some resentment towards him.
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