“I muse: Why not read this novel as a companion to N. Scott Momaday's, House Made of Dawn? They work as novels of place, of land, of location--all of which defines the characters and their choices. The setting conditions the characters.
I regard Cather, and this novel is a prime example of it, as the best of those who write about place. Her landscapes puff life into your lungs in the same way that an Ansel Adams photo makes you gasp at the landscape.”