Early Novels and Stories, Volume 1
The first of three volumes presenting the writings of Willa Cather includes her early book of stories and first four novels. The troll garden: Cather's first short story collection, originally published in 1905, depicts characters who seek the realm of beauty and imagination, but are confronted by the vulgarity and brutality of American society. O pioneers!: In Nebraska at the end of the nineteenth century, Swedish immigrant Alexandra Bergson leads her family to success, but not without personal sacrifice. The song of the lark: Follows the life of Thea Kronberg from her childhood in 19th-century Colorado to her career as a renowned opera singer. My Antonia: The reminiscences of a New York lawyer, Jim Burden, about his boyhood in Nebraska, particularly a young Bohemian girl named Antonia Shimerda, are set against the backdrop of the American assimilation of the immigrant. One of ours: The son of a prosperous Nebraska farmer yearns to leave his prairie home.
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After finishing O Pioneers and loving it, I thought I'd pick this up next and read the Prairie Trilogy in order. I won't say I regret doing that, exactly, but there's definitely a reason this book isn't as well known (or as widely praised) as O Pioneers. The show-to-tell ratio in this book is, unfortunately, much lower than in its predecessor. Either through her narration or, more tediously still, through her characters, Cather gives voice to a number of philosophical declarations, especially about the nature of being an artist (not to say the nature of art, really). Some are interesting, some are not, but few are very enlivening, and whole sections of the book are mired in these discussions. Apart from that, it's not bad, and there's plenty to like as well. The characters, despite their occasional roles as vessels for Cather's philosophizing, are relatively well fleshed out and interesting. Still, I expect to enjoy the last Prairie novel (My Antonia) more, and I certainly did O Pioneers.
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This is a somewhat autobiographical tale of the development and emergence of a young artist. The Song of the Lark follows Thea Kronborg from her humble childhood in tiny Moonstone, CO, to the height of international operatic glory on the stages of New York and Europe. Thea is a bit of an odd little girl, a loner even in her large family. Her character makes her something of an outsider in her small town, but she is lucky to have a small group of adults who recognize a certain something about her, who believe in her, and validate that artistic craving, even as no one -- including Thea -- know quite what it is or how to grow it. Among those in Thea's corner is her wise, intuitive mother, who carves out space and time for Thea to practice and to think, and overlooks the drunken shortcomings of Wunsch to recognize a worthy musician to teach her daughter. Wunsch himself sees "it," as does the occasionally vagrant but wonderfully talented and gentle Spanish Johnny, Thea's silly aunt Tillie Kronborg, the steady town physician Dr. Archie, and train conductor Ray Kennedy. Even with those champions, Thea never does belong in Moonstone, and goes to Chicago to study, returning after an impoverished, disappointing winter to bitter jealousies at home the following summer. While dispiriting, her unhappy homecoming helps her steel herself to leave the past behind, and her Chicago time, while discouraging, provides her of a glimpse of herself as an artist. Her Chicago studies with both nurturing and abusive teachers lead her to an acquaintance with the means and the interest to propel Thea forward. From Chicago, Thea spends a transformative, reflective summer among the beautiful and haunting cliff dwellings of the American southwest, and from there Thea travels to New York and then to Europe. The book has a distinctly different feel and tone in its different sections. The early Moonstone chapters have a similar feel to Ms. Cather's other prairie stories, and the Panther Canyon section has the same kind of reverence and awe for the American southwest Cather conveys so beautifully in Death Comes for the Archbishop. Since I loved those books so well, I was happily absorbed by The Song of the Lark in those locales. The later sections of the novel, set in New York, have an intentionally different tone, and were less accessible to me. Part of this I think was that it was very hard to like Thea as an adult, and I wearied of her careless, self-absorbed dialog, and other characters' worship of so unsympathetic a woman. Still, while Thea rejects Moonstone as a very young woman, near the end of the book she shares tender and beloved memories of her Moonstone childhood with Dr. Archie, which fairly redeemed her in my eyes. The artist had to break free, to look inside, to abandon ties to the past, but was able to reflect in the end, how that little prairie town is a beautiful, essential part of her. While not my favorite novel by Ms. Cather, The Song of the Lark is still a worthy, thought-provoking read.
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