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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (16,044 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Willa Cather Narrator: Dana Ivey Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Cather’s heroine, Alexandra Bergson, would, in fact, become the model for the pioneer women of later literature.

Spirited, courageous, and independent, the daughter of Swedish immigrants, Alexandra assumes responsibility for the family farm—and her family—upon the death of her father. Her devotion to the harsh, forbidding prairie transforms her land and her life.

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  • The land belongs to the future... that's the way it seems to me....I might as well try to will the sunset over there to my brother's children. We come and go, but the land is always here. And the people who love it and understand it are the people who own it -- for a little while."
  • O Pioneers! (1913) was Willa Cather's first great novel, and to many it remains her unchallenged masterpiece. No other work of fiction so faithfully conveys both the sharp physical realities and the mythic sweep of the transformation of the American frontier -- and the transformation of the people who settled it. Cather's heroine is Alexandra Bergson, who arrives on the wind-blasted prairie of Hanover, Nebraska, as a girl and grows up to make it a prosperous farm. But this archetypal success story is darkened by loss, and Alexandra's devotion to the land may come at the cost of love itself.
  • At once a sophisticated pastoral and a prototype for later feminist novels, O Pioneers! is a work in which triumph is inextricably enmeshed with tragedy, a story of people who do not claim a land so much as they submit to it and, in the process, become greater than they were.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ann | 2/13/2014

    " convinced a friend who is more of a die-hard history and military buff to read this one along with me. he did and ended up falling for willa's writing style and characters. thumbs up fr bith of us "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Amy P. | 2/9/2014

    " An interesting book with feminist themes printed in a time when feminism was not an accepted mainstream ideology. Willa Cather was definitely before her time and I appreciate her for it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ellen | 2/9/2014

    " Vaguely: Little House on the Prairie, but sped up with a super depressing ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Martha | 2/5/2014

    " This was our book club book. I really liked it, and am embarrassed that I'd never read it yet. I think I will read all Willa Cather's books now. It's a short book, I thought I might find it dry and a little slow, but it was not. It was more tragic than I thought it would be, but then, we're talking about Svedes from da olde country, so what could I expect? "

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