By: Willa Cather
O Pioneers is about a girl who is growing up in Nebraska with her brothers, her father is very ill and leaves he with the family farm. The book starts out as her dad is dying and then skips to sixteen years later where her and her bothers have split their inheritance. Emil got back from college and Carl comes back to visit. In part three Alexandra has weird dreams about her childhood, the scene of the part is in winter. Emil and the girl who he likes gets shot. Carl in the end ends up returning back to the farm to have a talk with Alexandra.
Alexandra-She is the main character or the story, she is tall with reddish hair.she takes charge of the farm after her father’s death, she uses the farm for good and uses all of its resources instead of trying to sell off the far when things go bad,
John Bergson - Is the father of Alexandra, Oscar, Lou, and Emil. John Bergson is from Sweden, but became a farmer in Nebraska. He sees how smart Alexandra is and leaves her as the caretaker of the farm.
Carl Linstrum- is a close neighbor of Alexandra's family. He is very artistic.
Lou Bergson,Oscar Bergson, and Emil- brothers to Alexandra.
"But the great fact was the land itself, which seemed to overwhelm the little beginnings of human society that struggled in its somber wastes. It was from facing this vast hardness that the boy's mouth had become so bitter; because he felt that men were too weak to make any mark here, that the land wanted to be let alone, to preserve its own fierce strength, its peculiar, savage kind of beauty, its uninterrupted mournfulness. "
--Part 1 Chapter 1, pg 10
I like this book, it's about a girl who is a farmer trying to make it by when she is left with the family farm after her dad dies. If you read this book you might be able to relate a little with how they talk about the land and the way they have weather problems. I read this book last year and I thought that I should read it again cause I liked it. It's very slow and boring at the begin of the book but it gets better. I would recommend this book to girls more than to boys since it's told mainly as Alexandra. But overall it's a good book and worth reading