Book Review

I’m back to reading the classics.  All Quiet on the Western Front and My Antonia. 

I tend to enjoy war related books and movies. All Quiet on the Western Front is no exception.  The first novel I’ve read from the German perspective  It was a great book.  Powerful and raw.  There is no sugar coating.  War is hell and Remarque does a beautiful job depicting it.  It simply makes you wonder how people let it happen again.  

I had no idea what to expect when I picked up this one.  I wanted something from the early 1900s and an American classic appealed to me.  I enjoyed it but I didn’t love it.  It was nostalgic and left me thinking a lot of what James and Eileen are doing at the Little Seed Farm.  I think there is something pure about the prairie and farm life.  I liked the characters and similar to All Quiet on the Western Front there wasn’t much fluff in My Antonia.  Dreaminess and idealism perhaps but it showed the harshness of real life and the reality of passing time.  The first part of the book was superior to the last half but it’s a good read.

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