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A Lost Lady (original 1923; edition 1972)

by Willa Cather

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Title:A Lost Lady
Authors:Willa Cather
Info:Vintage (1972), Paperback
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A Lost Lady by Willa Cather (1923)

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prose is wonderful. couldn't quite get into the Mme Bovary on the frontier story nor the mourning for the Pioneer era & its titans. ( )
  Paulagraph | May 25, 2014 |
I love this book for its insights into human nature. Niel finds that Marian Forrester is not faithful to the trustworthy and admirable Captain and yet she is ultimately charming and irresistible. She does what she must to survive. ( )
  Becky221 | Jul 18, 2013 |
A Lost Lady is about Mrs. Forrester the wife of a railroad man (Captain Forrester) who lives in a small town upon the railroad line always at the ready to greet guests which her husband bring home, or to make sure the local boys who play in the fields or fish in the creek near her house are always welcome. Told through the narrative of Neil Herbert, the nephew of a local judge and Captain Forrester’s lawyer.

The novel shows how as he grows up he learns more about Mrs. Forrester and she becomes less like the model wife he had thought her when he was a young child. Although, she stays with the captain until his very end, even through the threat of losing their beloved home and after he has a stroke and must not travel anymore.

Each time Neil found out something more which caused him to lose his love of the Mrs. Forrester he had grown up with my heart grieved. He might have been a tad naive rowing up, but there are some things which need to stay in the dark and for him to have to find out about these things is saddening. It is akin to finding out dark secrets about your own parents and then not being able to tell anyone. ( )
  getrus | Feb 21, 2013 |
Im Mittelpunkt des Romans steht die hübsche und charmante Mrs. Forrester. Marian Forrester ist verheiratet mit einem Self-made-Mann. Ursprünglich verbringen die Forresters nur wenige Monate in Sweet Water. Die restliche Zeit leben sie im Osten (Osten Amerikas). Nach Mr. Forresters Erkrankung "geht es mit Marian Forrester bergab". Sie stürzt sich in Affären mit jungen Männern, die der neuen Generation, der der seelenlosen Amerikaner, angehören. ( )
  steckruebe | Dec 3, 2012 |
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"...Come, my coach!
Good night, ladies; good night, sweet ladies,
Good night, good night."
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Thirty or forty years ago, in one of those grey towns along the Burlington railroad, which are so much greyer today than they were then, there was a house well known from Omaha to Denver for its hospitality and for a certain charm of atmosphere.
Willa Cather was a writer whose gifts, and critical reception, were paradoxical. (Introduction)
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The Old West had been settled by dreamers, great-hearted adventurers who were unpractical to the point of magnificence; a courteous brotherhood, strong in attack but weak in defence, who could conquer but could not hold.
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Marian Forrester is the symbolic flower of the Old American West. She draws her strength from that solid foundation, bringing delight and beauty to her husband, an elderly railroad pioneer, to the small town of Sweet Water where they live, to the prairie land itself, and to the young narrator of her story, Niel Herbert. All are bewitched by her brilliance and grace, all are ultimately betrayed. For Marian longs for 'life on any terms', and in fulfilling herself, she loses all she loved, all who loved her.
Generally considered to be Willa Cather's most perfect novel, this exquisite portrait of a troubling beauty is also a haunting evocation of a noble age slipping irrevocably into the past.
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A portrait of a woman who reflects the conventions of her age even as she defies them and whose transformations embody the decline and coarsening of the American frontier.

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"Written from the perspective of a male narrator, Willa Cather's classic novel is an Amercian version of "Madame Bovary". It is a portrait of a talented woman trapped in the conventions and economic restraints of a marriage. It is the story of a woman who defies expectations, and whose personal changes coincide with the transforming American Frontier. In this work, Willa Cather expressed her profoundly modern feminist views in the life of an ordinary and gifted woman who is stifled by marriage."--Ingram.… (more)

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