Who wrote this book and when?
Willa Cather wrote this in 1913.

Has there been a film version?
There have been two TV versions, one in 1991 and one in 1992.

Who are the important characters?
Alexandra Bergson: a daughter of a Swedish farmer who inherits his land when he dies, she has a smart head about farming and business and deeply loves the land
Emil Bergson: the youngest son of the Bergson family, always been a friend of Marie Shabata
Marie Shabata: a neighbor of the Bergsons and Alexandras best friend, a Bohemian (French), and a woman who loves every aspect of life
Carl Lindstrom: a dear friend of Alexandra who moved away when she was young

What’s it about?
Alexandra Bergson is given her fathers farm to take care of when both her parents die. She has an excellent head for both business and farming, and despite her the pleas of her brothers, decides to buy as much land as she can. She tends to dote on her younger brother, Emil, and the wild man from a few miles away, Ivar. When the farm begins to prosper, she must deal with her two other brothers and their bad business sense and greed, as well as Emil as he tries to become romantically involved with a married woman.

Why is this book a classic/bestseller?
I am not really sure.

Do you recommend I read this book?
I suppose. It is kind of anti climactic, although beautiful.

Why did this book make your list?
Ummm, it was on some list somewhere of top books of some time and some place.

Has it won any awards?
I dont believe so.

Favorite quotes:
“There is often a good deal of the child left in people who have had to grow up too soon. ” p 17

“Freedom so often means that one is n’t needed anywhere. ” p 122

Anything else?
This is the first part of the Prairie Trilogy by Willa Cather.

Personal thoughts:
This was another meandering book. It wasnt superbly interesting, but it was a sweet little story at the beginning which turned realistically tragic near the end. I loved the character of Alexandra, which surprised me since I tend to be literarily attracted to more imaginative characters and Alexandra is very down to earth and described as having no imagination. I didnt care for Marie or Emil, mostly because I cant really relate to people who are constantly happy or constantly depressed. But Alexandra was beautiful as a character. The story was good, and managed to surprise me a little at the end, but I can see why people describe it as anti climactic.

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