My Ántonia is one of those books that can make you fall in love with something as harsh and unforgiving as life on the Nebraska plains. Chalk it up to Cather's prose: a balanced mix of spare language and romantic descriptions. The strength of Cather's book lies in this ability to create a sense of nostalgia for a quintessential American landscape and past without ever resorting to cheesy clichés. In fact, the beauty of Cather's writing might even make you ignore My Ántonia's essentially plotless nature.
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