“An exploration of human emotion - at once a story of love and hatred, sacrifice and selfishness, strength and weakness. Beautiful in it's graceful acceptance of a flawed heroine.”Lisa F wrote this review Friday, September 11, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Mary B said: 3 stars
Madame Bovary in America, except she's more obsessed with youth than class. Lol, yes, that is the entire book in 1 sentence.
“Willa Cather's book My Antonia is one of my favorites. This one will never be a favorite, but it was an enjoyable read. One of the things I enjoy most about Cather is her descriptions, of people, emotions, settings. Although she does it well in this book, not nearly as well as in My Antonia. I wouldn't make this your first of her works, but it is worth the read. ”Heather wrote this review Friday, February 20, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a really simple story set in the prairie town of Sweet Water. The Lost Lady referred to in the title is Marion Forrester, the young wife of a retired railroad man. She is a woman that intrigues all men, from boys in the town to wealthy visitors. One of these men is Neil, the nephew of a family friend. Most of the story is from his perspective and his changing opinions of her as her exploits and past are revealed. Although I enjoyed its simplicity and beautiful descriptions, the novel failed to have much of a climax. It hinted at scandal, but lacked passion.”Emily H wrote this review Sunday, April 6, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was my first exposure to Willa Cather, and I had high expectations based on friends' comments about her writing ability. I was not disappointed, even though this is hardly the usual "starter" for Cather (O Pioneers or My Antonia, anyone?). I enjoyed her writing style, and I found her choice to narrate through a male character intriguing and believable. Her descriptions of both physical surroundings and characters' emotional states paint a clear picture for readers.”Amanda W wrote this review Saturday, December 1, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No