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The Song of the Lark free read ð 6 Perhaps Willa Cather's most autobiographical work The Song of the Lark charts the story of a young woman's awakening as an artist against the backdrop of the western landscape Thea K. 45 stars She used to drag her mattress beside her low window and lie awake for a long while vibrating with excitement as a machine vibrates from speed Life rushed in upon her through that window or so it seemed In reality of course life rushes from within not from without There is no work of art so big or so beautiful that it was not once all contained in some youthful body like this one which lay on the floor in the moonlight pulsing with ardour and anticipationWith exuisite prose Willa Cather conveys what it means to be an artist and the journey one takes to realize a dream Using the backdrop of the immense plains and the awe inspiring canyons Cather likens the power of the artist s progress to the uest of the early pioneers into the awesome vastness of the West The descriptions of the landscape of Colorado and the Southwest are simply breathtaking The drive of the artist the despair the struggles the sacrifices and the triumphs are compellingDaughter of a minister Thea Kronborg is born into a large family and from an early age one recognizes her individuality and her spirit Thea begins her musical journey by taking piano lessons from a down and out musician Wunsch who wandered into town on the heels of the local vagrant Spanish Johnny She befriends those much older than herself including the aforementioned eccentrics as well as the resident physician Doctor Archie and a railway man Ray Kennedy Her talent is steadfastly supported by her mother and admired by her somewhat flighty spinster aunt I adored the young Thea her openness her freedom her youthful earnestness and her vitality A poignant turn of events gives Thea the opportunity she needs to make the next step in her early career Traveling to Chicago she continues her piano training until her voice is eventually discovered to be her true calling On the brink of grasping what it really means to be an artist and a singer Thea travels to Arizona upon the urging of a somewhat self indulgent and wealthy young man Fred Ottenburg Communing with nature and the spirits of the ancient Native Americans Thea undergoes another transformation Panther Canyon was the home of innumerable swallows They built nests in the wall far above the hollow groove in which Thea s own rock chamber lay They seldom ventured above the rim of the canyon to the flat wind swept tableland Their world was the blue air river between the canyon walls In that blue gulf the arrow shaped birds swam all day long with only an occasional movement of the wings The only sad thing about them was their timidity the way in which they lived their lives between the echoing cliffs and never dared to rise out of the shadow of the canyon walls As they swam past her door Thea often felt how easy it would be to dream one s life out in some cleft in the world The way in which Thea evolves as a true artist comes with a price Leaving behind family and friends not just physically but also emotionally and lacking true companionship must one suffer this to reach the destination to achieve fame Can these things be overcome What will ultimately become of Thea Must cherished memories be left behind or can one experience the joy of carefree days when there were endless possibilities I believe these uestions are not exclusive to the artist perhaps these are uestions pertinent to any human being that once had a dream What I loved most about this novel were the descriptions of the great outdoors the plains the canyons and the grandeur of the heavens I did not necessarily like the older Thea although I continued to root for her She was thoroughly believable I cherished those persons that encouraged Thea and gave her the best of their own selves to help her along the way especially Doctor Archie Doctor Archie he really did get it It came over him now that the unexpected favours of fortune no matter how dazzling do not mean very much to us They may excite us or divert us for a time but when we look back the only things we cherish are those which in some way met our original want the desire which formed us in early youth undirected and of its own accord

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The Song of the Lark free read ð 6 Ronborg an aspiring singer struggles to escape from the confines her small Colorado town to the world of possibility in the Metropolitan Opera House In classic Cather style The Song. Thea Kronborg daughter of a minister in a small Colorado town is discovered by the music teacher a drunken German fellow to have a rare gift Sponsored by Archie the town doctor and family friend and Ray a railroad man who intends to marry her but is killed she travels to Chicago then New Mexico meeting and cosmopolitan people until at last she is a star of the opera stage and like a star radiant and very distantI found this book at 420 pages uite a chore to get through The character of Thea was utterly unsympathetic her self absorption even as a nobody is insufferable and after she s a star her melodramatic reuirements are eually odious The prose is tedious as Cather fawns on her character making her charismatic in the eyes of everyone except the reader Actually Thea is surrounded by sympathetic characters who lead interesting lives and are open hearty and engaging but they all orbit around her and Cather gives no reason for the reader to like her Altogether a boring book full of light and song but signifying nothing

Willa Cather ß 6 review

The Song of the Lark free read ð 6 Of the Lark is the beautiful unforgettable story of American determination and its inextricable connection to the landThe time will come when she'll be ranked above Hemingway Leon Ed. Compelling and thorough The Song of the Lark is the portrait of the awakening and development of an artist Cather also brings along all of those who nurture Thea This is not a pulled herself up by her bootstraps tale but a story of persistence luck and lots of help I am ignorant about opera but that didn t hinder my enjoyment Written in 1915 I am astonished at how Thea breaks through traditional gender roles This novel feels timeless And that is the power of a great classic

  • Paperback
  • 724
  • The Song of the Lark
  • Willa Cather
  • en
  • 05 October 2020
  • 9781511997317