Song of the Lark

Song of the Lark The Song of the Lark is a novel by American author Willa Cather written in The title comes from a painting of the same name by Jules Adolphe Aime Louis Breton The book s cover art Set in the

  • Title: Song of the Lark
  • Author: Willa Cather
  • ISBN: 9781604444704
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Song of the Lark is a novel by American author Willa Cather, written in 1915 The title comes from a painting of the same name by Jules Adolphe Aime Louis Breton The book s cover art Set in the 1890s in Moonstone, a fictional place located in Colorado, The Song of the Lark is the self portrait of an artist in the making The story revolves around an ambitious youngThe Song of the Lark is a novel by American author Willa Cather, written in 1915 The title comes from a painting of the same name by Jules Adolphe Aime Louis Breton The book s cover art Set in the 1890s in Moonstone, a fictional place located in Colorado, The Song of the Lark is the self portrait of an artist in the making The story revolves around an ambitious young heroine, Thea Kronborg, who leaves her hometown to go to the big city to fulfill her dream of becoming a famous opera star The novel captures Thea s independent mindedness, her strong work ethic, and her ascent to her highest achievement At each step along the way, her realization of the mediocrity of her peers propels her to greater levels of accomplishment, but in the course of her ascent she must discard those relationships which no longer serve her.

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  • Willa Cather

    Wilella Sibert Cather was born in Back Creek Valley Gore , Virginia, in December 7, 1873 Her novels on frontier life brought her to national recognition In 1923 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, One of Ours 1922 , set during World War I She grew up in Virginia and Nebraska She then attended the University of Nebraska, initially planning to become a physician, but after writing an article for the Nebraska State Journal, she became a regular contributor to this journal Because of this, she changed her major and graduated with a bachelor s degree in English After graduation in 1894, she worked in Pittsburgh as writer for various publications and as a school teacher for approximately 13 years, thereafter moving to New York City for the remainder of her life She traveled widely and often spent summers in New Brunswick, Canada In later life, she experienced much negative criticism for her conservative politics and became reclusive, burning some of her letters and personal papers, including her last manuscript She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1943 In 1944, Cather received the gold medal for fiction from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, an award given once a decade for an author s total accomplishments She died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 73 in New York City.

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  • In this second of Willa Cather’s Great Plains Trilogy, we are taken on an adventure of a different kind. For those who are interested in how the creative process grows within a person from young childhood through to adulthood, this book is perfect.Thea Kronborg is born in Moonstone, Colorado and is part of a large Swedish family of seven children and an Aunt who helps their mother maintain some semblance of order in their tiny, over-crowded home. It is her Aunt Tillie who first declares Thea t [...]


  • Even though The Song of the Lark is the second installment in “The Prairie Trilogy”, I consider Thea, its strong minded protagonist, the culminating embodiment of the rest of Cather’s feisty heroines, the point where they end up converging to glow in full radiance.(view spoiler)[As much as Ántonia warmed my wistful heart in My Ántonia, her development as an independent human being was finally curtailed by the solemn aura of her femininity because it ended trapping her in the role of ulti [...]


  • 4.5 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 anticipation."With exquisite pro [...]


  • Most mornings I wake to the songs of larks, so when Christmas Eve found us stuck inside of our home because of flooding (my front and back yards were pines in ponds), I chose to hear The Song of the Lark in words. This is my third Cather book this year and after having been introduced to her works intimately, I can now safely say that curling up with a Cather book will always be a good choice.However, this book is not about the song of birds. It is a book that celebrates finding one's muse; in f [...]


  • At some point in this novel, I imagined a subtitle for it: "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman," especially as I'm convinced (without any facts to back it up) that it contains many autobiographical elements. I imagined that Thea's being different from the rest of her family, and from the others in the area she grew up in and loved, to be similar to Cather's experience as a burgeoning writer, also feeling the creative urge when she was a young child in her heart, was it, or under her cheek [...]


  • 3.5 starsI love how this book portrays an empowered woman who achieves success as a singer though her talent, work ethnic, and independence. This type of coming-of-age story often only occurs with boys and men. Cather, however, follows her protagonist Thea throughout her childhood in eastern Colorado all the way up to her rising fame as an artist in New York. Thea defies the expectations placed on women to act docile and domestic; she prioritizes herself and her ambitions and thus has a happy en [...]


  • 3.5 stars. Not often for me does a book's main character go from endearing at the beginning, to tiresome by the end of the book. I adored the young Thea Kronberg, even if playing piano and professional singing interest me not one iota. She was a bright, ambitious little thing and you knew she would make something of herself with those wonderful secondary characters to support and encourage her. But her inner drive and work ethic was what she, in the end, credits her success to; and her personali [...]


  • We first meet Thea Kronborg through Dr Archie, the young doctor of Moonstone, Colorado. He would become the first of many to have hopes for Thea, Thea the outsider, who just didn't fit somehow in this small town or in the family of a pastor. Sometimes she didn't feel she fit in her own body.The story of The Song of the Lark is Thea's growth from child to teen to young adult to adult and we, the readers, share in the saga along with those who are her champions. Cather provides such a beautiful, i [...]


  • 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 more and more cosmopolitan people, until, at last, she is a star of the opera stage, and like a star radiant and very distant.I found this book, at 420+ pages, quite a chore to get thro [...]


  • This novel is set in the late 19th to early 20th century and tells the story of a girl named Thea Kronborg from a rural town in eastern Colorado who has musical talent that attracts the attention of a series of mentors and sponsors. Through their help and support she's able to advance in the world of Wagnerian opera to become a world renowned diva. Willa Cather's skilled writing portrays Thea's inner ambitious aspirations as she leaves small town life behind and becomes exposed to the cosmopolit [...]


  • Richly imagined, Cather’s third novel is an exploration of the passion of the artist and the strength of youth. Her main character, Thea Kronborg, child of immigrants from Moonstone, Colorado, has all of the brazen energy and boundless potential of her prairie town. She is the exceptional child in a family of many children, the others quite ordinary, a girl so relentlessly herself that the triumphant arc of her life has a feeling of inevitability, in spite of the many obstacles that she must o [...]


  • I can't say this is my favorite Cather novel; My Antonia and Death Comes for the Archbishop are much better. Thea Kronborg is not the easiest character to live with for 400 pages. Not only is she tough and determined, but often sullen and defeatist. Even the sensitive, understanding man who falls in love with her thinks of her sometimes as "a little cold and empty, like a big room with no people in it." Nor is small-town, small-minded western America a place where I often like to hang out, liter [...]


  • Willa Cather has a way of creating characters and capturing the human experience that cuts to the core:"There were other times when she was so shattered by ideas that she could do nothing worth while; when they trampled over her like an army and she felt as if she were bleeding to death under them.""People live through such pain only once; pain comes again, but it finds a tougher surface."As a parent, I especially related to this: "You and Thea will likely follow different lines, and I don't see [...]


  • My Antonia is one of my favorite books, so I thought I'd revisit Willa Cather since it's been a long time. While I found myself savoring little morsels of prose here and there, overall this novel was too long, and frankly, I just didn't care that much about the main character. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if 200 pages had been edited out so that the story was tighter and there weren't so many descriptive passages that really weren't relevant in the long run.Of course, in those ver [...]


  • Technically, I did not finish this and I am not sure that I will ever care to read The Song of the Lark in its entirety. I did complete about 42% of the book, and realized the story wasn't really improving on any level. Although some passages were lovely and poetic, I found much of the story to be tedious and really did not care for the main character, Thea. Willa Cather also did not really make a point of showing the reader why we should care, or for that matter why any of the other characters [...]


  • This is a gorgeous book, one of my all-time favorites. I've read it twice and taken from it numerous inspiring quotes that guide my life. "But if you decide what it is you want most, you can get it. Not everybody can, but you can. Only, if you want a big dream, you've got to have nerve enough to cut out all that's easy, everything that's to be had cheap."


  • Artists are sometimes wonderfully selfish individuals. What is one willing to give up? Friends, love, family? Fame comes at a high cost. I don't know if Cather intended for the reader to LOVE Theabut I didn't. I came to LOVE the dear friends that helped her get to where she was.


  • This isn't Willa Cather's best known work, but it's the one that most speaks to me, possibly because it's her most autobiographical novel and her life was so darned interesting. SOTL could be subtitled A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman. Thea almost reluctantly comes out as an artist, gradually admitting to her artistic vocation. SOTL also shows how important German culture was in America at the turn of the century. Cather doesn't bother translating the numerous German passages, as if ass [...]


  • The Song of the Lark (Great Plains Trilogy #2), Willa Cather سه گانه چمنزار: کتاب نخست: اوه!، پیشگامان! (1913)؛ کتاب دوم: آهنگ لارک (1915)؛ کتاب سوم: آنتونیای من (1918)؛عنوان: آهنگ لارک - کتاب دوم از سه گانه چمنزار؛ نویسنده: ویلا سیلبرت کاذر؛ موضوع: داستان خواهران و برادران - زنان کشاورز - قرن 20 م


  • “Nothing is far and nothing is near, if one desires. The world is little, people are little, human life is little. There is only one big thing - desire. And before it, when it is big, all is little." – Willa Cather“The Song of the Lark” by Willa Cather is a novel after my own heart. When I stumbled on Dolors' beautifully crafted review of this book by an author I have never read, I felt that knowing tug that signaled pleasure and promise. I was right but I had not expected to feel a fami [...]


  • Willa Cather is wonderful at evoking the feeling of the Plains. I can feel the heat of the summer in my face and the cold of the winter on my back when I read her writings. This particular book beautifully captures the struggles of an artist growing up in a society that doesn't understand her talents. I recommend it to all young artists. You won't feel alone anymore.


  • This was the first Cather I read, and I adored it. Maybe the adult me wouldn't, but the child me did. Maybe it didn't hurt that my mother listened to the Met on the radio every Saturday (though not Wagner, not thendistinctly out of favor)- but I believed every word of this book of a Nebraska girl who grows up to be a famous Wagnerian soprano.


  • In my year of reading all of Willa Cather's novels, this has been my least favorite. It has taken me forever to read, as I picked up and read several other books while I was reading this novel. Thea Kronburg is born in the small town of Moonstone, Colorado and the novel follows her early life a pianist going onto develop into an opera singer. She is a very strong character, able to have a career without a husband, but she loses her family of origin as Moonstone is not a place where her talent ca [...]


  • This is a hard book to review. I felt like there were two parts - the first half and the second half and that each part suggested different ideas and themes. The first half, which I liked so much more, was about a curious and intelligent girl growing up honest and interested. She had flare and she seemed to care a great deal about people, the real person and not their circumstance. She was talented, yes, very much so, but she worked hard practicing four hours a day and she cared about her influe [...]


  • Why did I select this book? I'd never read Cather, and I knew that the plot included opera. Well, now I have, and it does.The plot - the trajectory of a young girl's life from small-town Colorado to international acclaim as a Wagnerian diva - is almost incidental. The huge Colorado landscape will, one knows, transmute itself into the vistas of Valhalla. The landscape itself will be as much a character as any human being, and will be given a voice more eloquent and true than any human.In fact, ev [...]


  • Willa Cather published this novel in 1915. The story begins in Moonstone, Colorado, a tiny town in the sand country. The heroine is Thea Kronborg, the daughter of a Methodist pastor. Thea is musical and first studies the piano with a local failed musician. Eventually her talents are recognized, and, shedding the expectations and aspirations of her family and acquaintances, she travels to Chicago for further study, encouraged mostly by the local doctor, Dr. Archie, her lifelong friend and support [...]


  • Well, I know I'll be called a heretic for giving Willa Cather two stars, but I can't help it. I almost gave this book one star but justuldn't.The book started off in fantastic Cather style which included some strong, likeable, flawed characters and a shining protagonist intertwined with beautiful imagery and phrases. Unfortunately these qualities expired by the latter half of the book, where I found myself just willing it all to end. Thea became self absorbed and boring, the male characters conf [...]


  • This book is so rich I don't know where to begin. From the wonderful landscapes she so intimately describes -- places I had never heard of, Panther Canyon which in real life is Walnut Canyon in Arizona, the sand hills of eastern Colorado -- to the small town railroad culture of late 1800's Colorado, to the dear players in Thea Kronberg's life, to her inner life so deeply fulfilled by these influences -- this is a story of the development of an artist from childhood. It also feels like a series o [...]


  • Wasn't really into it, but some of that might be because some of the readers were not the best. There is a little more racism and sexism in this one too. Also, Archie and Ray are kind of creepy. I realize people were allowed to talk about children like that in 1915, but it's still creepy. It kind of felt like Wuthering Heights, in that I didn't care about any of the characters, but without the drama. Some of the prose was beautiful, but I don't know. Maybe one day I'll re-read it in text rather [...]


  • This book is an excellent explanation of what Art is and why it means so much to artists. It also portrays the hardships involved in reaching your full potential. I'm not sure how much of it I agree with, but there was excellent symbolism that illustrated a point without sounding forced or contrived. Cather's descriptions make Thea's world and experiences seem real. This book leaves vivid impressions. It didn't have a happy, gentle plot, but was uplifting in that it describes something worth liv [...]


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