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Subject: Willa Cather
Date Posted: 8/26/2008 10:33 PM ET
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I just finished Death Comes for the Archbishop and I have a new admiration for Cather. At first I was a little put off by the "short story" format but I quickly became engrossed in this captivating story. Excellent descriptions.

My book club read My Antonia by Cather several months ago and we all enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading more of her stories.

So, what is your favorite Willa Cather novel?

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 10:49 PM ET
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I'm not a fan of Cather, I hated My Antonia.  I liked O Pioneers though a lot, that's the only one of hers I did like.

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 9:24 AM ET
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My Antonia

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 8:03 PM ET
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After My Antonia, it would be O Pioneers......and then Song of the Lark, probably.  Did you know that the singer in Song was based on the real-life singer, Olive Fremstad?

Date Posted: 8/30/2008 6:24 PM ET
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the only story of hers I've read is a short one that was in my high school and college lit books - Paul's Case - and I really liked that one.

Date Posted: 8/31/2008 9:48 AM ET
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Loved both My Antonia and O Pioneers! I'm glad this thread was started; it's reminded me that I want to check out some more of Cather's books.  How to choose, how to choose......?

Claire

Date Posted: 9/6/2008 10:18 AM ET
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Willa Cather is one of my all time favorite authors. She is one of those that if some one asked the "dessert island" question and you could take only one authors books with you she would be one of my finalists.  I have read everything that she wrote including essays etc and enjoyed all of them. I might have to re-read her now.

Date Posted: 9/8/2008 11:34 AM ET
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My Antonia for sure

 

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 9/9/2008 1:40 PM ET
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I'm reading My Antonia right now, and really liking it - the writing is deceptively simple - much like the American plains.

It's my first Willa Cather novel - what other ones should I seek out?

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 4:29 PM ET
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Definitely check out O Pioneers.

Date Posted: 9/10/2008 11:58 AM ET
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Death Comes for the Archbishop is really good. Diffferent from her others.

Date Posted: 9/12/2008 2:19 PM ET
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Since I've read Death Comes for the Archbishop and My Antonia, I guess I will try O Pioneers next.

Bonnie - great trivia about Song of the Lark!

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 1:48 PM ET
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The only book I have read of hers is A Lost Lady.  It was pretty good.  I enjoyed it.

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 5:29 PM ET
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Rick B. wrote "the writing is deceptively simple."  That made me remember the time I was replying to the question "What do you like about Willa Cather?"   I said "the way she writes such economical prose."  Of course,  then I was questioned as to what the H  I meant by that?  Well, it's kind of a case of the difference between the two schools of Victorian home decor----one being "austere" (bare, uncluttered) and the other "crowded, ornate (highly cluttered).    I have sometimes wondered if  Cather developed her "creative" writing style during the time she spent as a newspaperwoman, doing "reportorial"writing?   Anyway, I like Rick's explanation----"deceptively simple".

Rick B. (bup) - ,
Date Posted: 9/27/2008 9:35 PM ET
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Bonnie - that's interesting...like they say Hemingway's style was hammered out when he worked as a journalist. She's a mile-and-a-half different from Hemingway, in that her economy of words isn't used like blunt force in a confrontational way. It's more like Japanese aesthetics - less is more. But both Hemingway and Cather were cooked down in the same crucible.

Date Posted: 10/4/2008 9:04 PM ET
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Death Comes for the Archbishop was the first Cather novel I read and I loved it.  I thought My Antonia was good, but not as good as Archbishop.  Then I read Shadows on the Rock and really didn't care for it, so I haven't tried any others lately.

Subject: Willa Cather
Date Posted: 10/31/2008 5:18 PM ET
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I loved Death Comes for the Archbishop.  The landscape/environment was a character.  I was surprised how much I liked the format, non-traditional buy well suited to this subject

Date Posted: 11/1/2008 9:19 AM ET
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Cindy, good observation, the landscape/environment was like a character!

Date Posted: 11/8/2008 9:25 PM ET
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O' Pioneers

Date Posted: 11/9/2008 12:31 AM ET
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Listening to an Audio book of My Antonia today with DH as we drove across I-80 in Nebraska. Fun to look at the fall colors and the fields as the narrator described them.
Date Posted: 11/9/2008 2:33 PM ET
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Hi Deb - My Antonia is def more engaging when you are familiar with the area. At least I think so. I read it in high school and loved it and then I went to that part of the country and when I read the book again in college it was even more enjoyable :)

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Date Posted: 12/14/2008 8:49 PM ET
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Well I just finished O Pioneers and I think I preferred My Antonia a tiny bit. But I liked them both a lot, and will probably read other Cather down the road.