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O Pioneers! by Willa Cather-December schedule

Dec 3 --Part I "The Wild Land" and Part II "Neighboring Fields"
Dec 10 --Part III "Winter Memories" and Part IV "The White Mulberry Tree"
Dec 17 --Part V "Alexandra" and Book as a Whole
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foxycat wrote:
Dec 3 --Part I "The Wild Land" and Part II "Neighboring Fields"
Dec 10 --Part III "Winter Memories" and Part IV "The White Mulberry Tree"
Dec 17 --Part V "Alexandra" and Book as a Whole




Rochelle -- thanks for this schedule. I am not certain that time will permit me to participate, but I do hope to at least follow the discussion.

Unfortunately, a new Norton Critical Edition of O! Pioneers is not due to be available until December 19.
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Rochelle -- thanks for this schedule. I am not certain that time will permit me to participate, but I do hope to at least follow the discussion.

Ditto here. I've pulled the book from my TBR shelves to my current reading table, but whether I'll actually get to it or not I can't guarantee, what with everything else going on and the holidays on top of that.
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foxycat wrote:
Dec 3 --Part I "The Wild Land" and Part II "Neighboring Fields"
Dec 10 --Part III "Winter Memories" and Part IV "The White Mulberry Tree"
Dec 17 --Part V "Alexandra" and Book as a Whole





Hi Everyone,

I'm new to B & N Book Clubs and I'm still trying to figure out how everything works. It looks like the last discussions were regarding Fitzgerald's short stories? Will there be any more reading of his works before the group begins Cather's O Pioneers?

Thanks much,

Allison
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Re: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather-December schedule

Moved O Pioneers up to my bedside table last night and started it (laying aside temporarily the Essays of Elia which I've been re-reading for the umpteenth time and which, with Trollope, are perfect perfect bedtime reading). Cather has never been a favorite of mine, but I found the opening of OP quite interesting, and the cat-up-the-pole an interesting approach to introducing the characters. But I wont' say more until the discussion officially starts!
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Re: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather-December schedule

Hi, Allison, and welcome. The groups aren't stable, as in a live book club. People sometimes drift in and out, or join late. We're competing with some really interesting groups, the Fitzgerald group had dwindled, and I was ready to drop it. If you want to stay, we can move on to the next short story on the list, "The Offshore Pirate." You can go back to the previous threads to get some background of Fitzgerald.

Meet us here on Saturday, 11/24:
http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/bn/board/message?board.id=AmericanClassics&message.id=2173&jump=...

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Hi Everyone,

I'm new to B & N Book Clubs and I'm still trying to figure out how everything works. It looks like the last discussions were regarding Fitzgerald's short stories? Will there be any more reading of his works before the group begins Cather's O Pioneers?
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. --Oscar Wilde

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Everyman--

Maybe Elia and Trollope are perfect bedtime reading for you, not me. On the other hand, they do induce sleep.

I love OP for its natural settings, but especially for Alexandra, who is such a special woman, so strong and with such steadfast integrity. To be continued Dec. 1.
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foxycat wrote:
Hi, Allison, and welcome. The groups aren't stable, as in a live book club. People sometimes drift in and out, or join late. We're competing with some really interesting groups, the Fitzgerald group had dwindled, and I was ready to drop it. If you want to stay, we can move on to the next short story on the list, "The Offshore Pirate." You can go back to the previous threads to get some background of Fitzgerald.

Meet us here on Saturday, 11/24:
http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/bn/board/message?board.id=AmericanClassics&message.id=2173&jump=...

Alioso02 wrote:


Hi Everyone,

I'm new to B & N Book Clubs and I'm still trying to figure out how everything works. It looks like the last discussions were regarding Fitzgerald's short stories? Will there be any more reading of his works before the group begins Cather's O Pioneers?





Sounds great--I love Fitzgerald and look forward to chatting about the story!

Thanks much and happy holidays!

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Re: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather-On-line Version

O Pioneers! is available on-line here:

http://willacather.org/O%20Pioneers/Pioneers.htm
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Everyman wrote:
Moved O Pioneers up to my bedside table last night and started it (laying aside temporarily the Essays of Elia which I've been re-reading for the umpteenth time and which, with Trollope, are perfect perfect bedtime reading). Cather has never been a favorite of mine, but I found the opening of OP quite interesting, and the cat-up-the-pole an interesting approach to introducing the characters. But I wont' say more until the discussion officially starts!

Everyman -- The cat-up-the-pole was fun -- thanks for calling attention to its use as a device for introducing the characters! It reminded me of my youth when squirrels used to regularly find themselves on the top of an electric pole in our yard, usually with a dog barking and circling the base.

I had to return to that section much later to place Marie Shabata as the little girl sitting on the stairs -- somehow the connection didn't stay continuous for me. I think I read somewhere that O! Pioneers was sort of two stories cemented together -- I wonder if Marie was one of the casualties of the challenge of creating continuity. Did anyone else notice or consider that there are other anomalies in continuity -- perhaps like the time gap already discussed a bit.
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Re: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather - Introduction of the Characters

I had written in a later thread on Part IV that "The White Mulberry Tree" was originally a separate story, but that Cather merged them. I don't see any discontinuity. Because the book is slim, it tends to be episodic in places, and I think that's what Cather wanted. She's not presenting an 400-page birth-to-death epic of Alex's life, but incidents which carry out her themes. In later chapters, you'll see how certain incidents, seemingly disjointed, feed right in to her basic themes. If you've already read the whole thing, SSHHH.



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...I had to return to that section much later to place Marie Shabata as the little girl sitting on the stairs -- somehow the connection didn't stay continuous for me. I think I read somewhere that O! Pioneers was sort of two stories cemented together -- I wonder if Marie was one of the casualties of the challenge of creating continuity. Did anyone else notice or consider that there are other anomalies in continuity -- perhaps like the time gap already discussed a bit.


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Re: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather-1913 Interview

Here is an interview of Willa Cather that appeared in the Philadelphia Record, August 10, 1913, soon after the publication of O Pioneers!.

http://www.willacather.org/Talk_of_Work.html

The home link is for the Willa Cather Foundation:

http://www.willacather.org/

Some other sites that I have not explored, but appear likely to be worthwhile. This one used to be at Harvard; apparently it moved with the creator:

http://gustavus.edu/academics/english/cather/

The Willa Cather archive (quite a collection of pictures as well as texts of her work -- and other material):

http://cather.unl.edu/

Willa Cather Site maintained by Anne Lindhard:

http://fp.worldonline.dk/fpemarxlind/
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The photo collection and interview are wonderful.
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Re: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather-1913 Interview



Peppermill wrote:
Here is an interview of Willa Cather that appeared in the Philadelphia Record, August 10, 1913, soon after the publication of O Pioneers!.

http://www.willacather.org/Talk_of_Work.html

The home link is for the Willa Cather Foundation:

http://www.willacather.org/

Some other sites that I have not explored, but appear likely to be worthwhile. This one used to be at Harvard; apparently it moved with the creator:

http://gustavus.edu/academics/english/cather/

The Willa Cather archive (quite a collection of pictures as well as texts of her work -- and other material):

http://cather.unl.edu/

Willa Cather Site maintained by Anne Lindhard:

http://fp.worldonline.dk/fpemarxlind/




I loved all the sites, the interview and the pictures. were the best.
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