Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Calandria, were your ears burning?

This week we are at my in-laws' cabin for a mini-vacation. I am home right now for a class in the morning (and to get my computer fix!)

Calandria, I thought of you a lot over the past couple of days ... I read My Antonia by Willa Cather, and can't believe I have never read any of her work before. Now I know you prefer British authors, but I still thought about you as I read this one. Then I was just at your site and you mentioned Cather in another context, so I feel justified in having you on my mind!

I assume Calandria and Carla have both read it. The rest of you - if you haven't read this book, read it. (especially you, Laurie, you Nebraska girl!)

When I head back out to the cabin, I have more Jane Austen waiting for me...

8 comments:

Mark and Carla said...

I loved "My Antonia" and, if I may say so without running full-force into Norwegian pride, I liked it better than "Giants in the Earth." I know "Giants" has a theme all it's own and I really did love Per and Berit, but I enjoyed "Antonia" more. It's been years since I read it, but I remember it being a grown up version of the things I liked best about the "Little House" series.

Calandria said...

I've read My Antonia three times. It's an obvious favorite! I will probably read it every 5-10 years for the rest of my life.

What's your next Austen?

A Peterson Family Member said...

I got way-laid by murder mysteries and didn't get the Jane ...

What other books are on your "re-read every 5-10 years" list? (Carla, you chime in too)

Mark and Carla said...

I'm so lazy, I just copied this post from Calandria's site...

OK I just unpacked a box of books for our school library.

Roots by Alex Haley. I still get shivers at the end when he hears the griot recite the words he's heard from his grandmother.

All the President's Men. I always wonder what it was like then, since I think we've become so jaded and cynical about politicians since then. And the danger surrounding it is intriguing. I remember rereading it right after Nixon's funeral, when public opinion was much softer, if not forgiving.

Mark and Carla said...

...and, of course, the Stephen King oeuvre, mostly "The Stand" but I'm a big fan of "The Body" in my opinion one of the best coming of age stories ever written (and made into a decent movie called "Stand by Me")

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