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My Antonia
Willa Cather
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From Publishers' Weekly:

This audio edition of Cather's novel and final book in the author's prairie trilogy is adequately narrated by Mondelli. Following the death of his parents, Jim Burden was sent to Black Hawk, Neb., to live with grandparents. It was in Black Hawk that he met the great and enduring love of his life, the bohemian Antonia. Years later, lawyer Jim returns to Black Hawk, where he revisits the past and witnesses how both their lives have changed. Mondelli's reading will likely fail to delight Cather fans. While his pacing, tone, and pronunciation are workmanlike, they do little to enliven the author's text. Similarly, the voices he lends the book's characters are distinct and sufficient, but nothing more. Overall, listeners will likely feel that the narrator could have done more to bring this classic novel to life. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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main characters Jim Burden
Met Antonia on a train; Sent to live with his grandparents at the age of ten; became friends with Antonio; taught Antonio English; attended college where he greatly missed the prairie life and his friends; returns to Nebraska twenty years later.

Antonia Shimerda
Her family was Jim's grandparent's new neighbors; father committed suicide; moved to Denver with a railroad man who left her pregnant and unmarried; returned to Nebraska to work in the fields.

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