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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,948 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Willa Cather Narrator: Christine Williams Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In this semiautobiographical portrait of a young artist in the making, Willa Cather takes us into the heart of a woman coming to know her deepest self. Thea Kronborg, a minister’s daughter in a provincial Colorado town, has dreams and gifts that her humble hometown will not satisfy. With the support of a few allies who recognize her rare qualities, she follows her ambitions to the big city, determined to be an opera diva. As she moves through a series of music teachers in Chicago, Thea finds that the attitudes and standards of those around her rarely match her own. It is only when she reconnects with pure nature in a brilliant Arizona desert canyon that Thea rediscovers the sensuous, mystical openness that is the source of her art. Realizing she must protect this experience at all costs, she resolves to shed all relationships that don’t serve her higher purpose.

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  • “Cather knew some important truths and kindly took the time to write them down eloquently to share them with us—uncommonly valuable truths—even a hundred years later.”


  • The Song of the Lark is one of several works in which Cather displays her lyrical powers.”

    Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature

  • “A moving tale of an artist's self-discovery.”

    New York Times

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

    " "...The stream and the broken pottery: what was any art but an effort to make a sheath, a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining, elusive element which is life itself--life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose? The Indian women had held it in their jars. In the sculpture she had seen at the Art Institute, it had been caught in a flash of arrested motion. In singing , one made a vesself of one's throat and nostrils and held it on one's breath, caught the stream in a scale of natual intervals." p.273 "

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

    " This book follows the story of a talented young women's humble beginnings against the backdrop of the western landscape in a small town where she did not seem to belong. A man's bequeath gave her enough money to go east to further her musical training and eventually to the Metropolitan Opera. It is Willa Cather's most autobiographical book and the story of the challenges even the most gifted can encounter as they try to develop those talents. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rachel | 1/29/2014

    " This was the first novel I had ever read by Cather. I loved it and plan to read more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Susan | 1/27/2014

    " I really loved this book. It's worth slowing down and reading every word for the descriptions of Colorado and Arizona and the the gems of insights hidden in the middle of nowhere. "

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