Thursday, May 18, 2017

Book Beginning: The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather




Dr. Howard Archie had just come up from a game of pool with the Jewish clothier and two traveling men who happened to be staying overnight in Moonstone.

-- The Song of the Lark by Willa Cather. I've been swept up in this story of Thea Kronborg, the daughter of Swedish immigrants in a small prairie town in Colorado who aspires to become an opera singer.

The Song of the Lark was published in 1915 but reads like contemporary historical fiction. It should be more popular.

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  1. Written in 1915 but reads like contemporary historical fiction, that makes me want to read it, without knowing any more!

    Thanks for sharing, I'll look out for it.

  2. I read My Antonia a few years ago and felt the same way as you. Will Cather is a great writer and was popular in her own day and deserves to be read today. My Friday Quotes

  3. An interesting find. Too bad libraries weed out older books. I'd love a library full of books like this one to explore.

  4. Hi Gilion,

    I keep promising myself time to read some of the classical authors, but it just somehow never happens. This is another for my separate list of such authors - but if you knew just how many lists I actually have!!!

    I hope that you enjoy, you always find such interesting books with which to challenge your reading :)


  5. Cather has been really consistently popular at my library. Happy reading!

  6. Have a wonderful weekend.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  7. I haven't heard of this one before, but it sounds like an interesting read. Hope you enjoy it.

  8. Such a lonesome cover. Thank you as always for hosting the BB for us! I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine. . .


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