Review: My Ántonia by Willa Cather

My Antonia by Willa Cather is a book about life in the American west during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The book centers around Jim Burden, the narrator, and Ántonia Shimerda, a bohemian immigrant to America. Jim is an upper-middle class boy who moves out west to live with his grandparents after the death of his parents. Jim is given opportunities his friend Ántonia will never have. He attend college and eventually goes to law school. Ántonia is on the opposite end of the wealth spectrum from Jim. Her family moved to America in hopes of gaining wealth but had lost most of their money by the time they arrived. No members of the family initially speak english but Ántonia is bright and willing to learn. The book follows her and Jim into adulthood and characterizes the difference in their stations of life. I  thoroughly enjoyed reading the book. It was an interesting story with beautiful descriptions but the story seemed to fall to the wayside in favor of the descriptions. The descriptions though numerous were beautifully written and made the book worth reading just for their sake.


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