by Willa Cather [Cather]
The introduction of My Antonia is contrived. For another thing, because My Antonia is often about everyone but Jim, for awhile I wasn't sure who I should care about. Moreover,Cather's style initially felt like descriptive treatises. Eventually though, Cather reeled me in with her complex portrait of the folks of Black Hawk. Not only does each different culture have its share of drunks, partiers, rapists, murderers, and, oh, also good people, but they're expertly intertwined. These lines written by Jim, about the weather, accurately summarize the feel of My Antonia: "This is reality, whether you like it or not. All those frivolities of summer, the light and the shadow, the living mask of green that trembled over everything, they were lies. This is what was underneath. This is the truth." -- review submitted by Allison H.-F. - a customer of the Bennett Martin Public Library
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