Sunday, July 03, 2011

Quotable: Lost Landscape

"As I looked about me I felt the grass was the country, as the water is the sea. The red of the grass made all the great prairie the color of winestains, or of certain seaweeds when they are first washed up. And there was so much motion in it; the whole country seemed, somehow, to be running."

- Willa Cather, in My Antonia

We read this book for book club recently. I can't believe I had not read it before. It is wonderful. She evokes the daily life of the women on the prairie as well as she evokes the landscape. If you haven't read it yet, you should. If you only read it in high school because you had to- maybe you should reread it. It is free for the Kindle!

2 comments:

  1. Read it in school, but not because I had to! It would have made a wonderful substitute for A separate peace or Native Son.

    I actually complained that all of the books we read were by men about men. So the next year they added Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Thurston. But too late for me.

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  2. I LOVE this book, read it a few years ago and could not believe I had not read it before.

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