Saturday, May 13, 2006

My Antonia

Originally uploaded by barbfecteau.
It took me awhile to get through this book, but in the end I loved it! I had a feeling from the beginning that something terrible was going to happen to Antonia and in the scheme of things, it is hard to say if it did or not. Yes, I am trying not to give anything away.

Cather has a lot to say about the immigrant experience. Since my Grandpa is the son of Bohemian immigrants, I found this extremely interesting. As a matter of fact, I have a picture of Baba and Yedda (my great grandparents) on my dining room wall which I imagined as the Cusaks. I found a picture of the "real" Antonia and her family in a biography of Willa Cather at the high school library. I tried to scan it, but the quality just wasn't good enough. But feel free to come take a look in the fall.

Speaking of pictures, I did find a really interesting website that has pictures of many of the real places where the book took place; including the crossroads where the suicide was buried, Jim's house and the house where Antonia eventually lived. They are brought to you by
Nebraska National Register Sites.

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