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A Lost Lady

Willa Sibert Cather

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The young Niel Herbert idolizes Marian Forrester, the beautiful and charismatic wife of a pioneering railroad magnate. After discovering Mrs Forrester’s affair with another man, Herbert loses faith in her and all he thought she represented. Content warning for one use of the N-word.

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Earlier this year, in the Fall, my family decided to go through all of my grandma's old books. She was a literature professor, so this was a pretty big task. My aunt boxed them all up and brought them in her van to the family reunion. My mom and her two sisters spent an entire morning going throu...more

Set in the fictional prairie town of Sweet Water, Nebraska. A Lost Lady is the story of Mrs. Marian Forrester and young Neil Herbert who adores her. The way she takes care of her husband, the stately manner she comports herself, is perfection in the eyes of Neil. But Marian is not perfect, and sh...more

Willa Cather is the outstanding American writer of the 20thC. An insightful stylist, she penetrates the heart. Her themes : America gradually moves into the "modern world," and Americans painfully come to terms with life.

Niel Herbert gets to know Mrs Forrester when he's 12 and she is in her 20s,...more

Marian Forrester ist die Hauptfigur dieses kurzen Romans, eine witzige, charmante und lebensbejahende Frau, die trotz Schicksalsschlägen und Fehlentscheidungen stets ihre belebende Energie und Zuversicht wiederfindet und vor neuen Abenteuern nicht zurückschreckt.
Wie Antonia Byatt passend formuli...more

Twelve-year-old Neil Herbert is charmed by Mrs Marian Forrester, the wife of the older Captain who was instrumental in bringing the railroad to the West. Set in a Nebraska town in the late 19th Century, Neil has his idealized view of the beautiful, gracious Mrs Forrester changed as he discovers s...more

Una novela corta pero muy interesante sobre la complejidad de las personas, el paso del tiempo, el desengaño...
Aunque no es de estas lecturas que te dejan verdadera huella, ha sido una historia que he disfrutado por lo bien que está narrada y los personajes tan realistas que describe.
Muy recomen...more

un personaggio femminile immerso nel fluido dei facili costumi riceve e dà al romanzo una spinta verso l'alto pari al peso della reputazione spostata.


Barbara Staynwick è A Lost Lady nell’omonimo film del 1934.

Indimenticabile il racconto che Truman Capote fa del suo incontro con Willa Cather in “Musica per camaleonti”:
Un giorno di gennaio uscii dalla biblioteca al tramonto e mi trovai sotto una nevicata. La signora...more

“A lost lady” was a big surprise for me. Hadn’t I known that Cather had written it, I would have never brought up her name. The slow decline of the seductive Mariane Forrester reminded me much more of Edith Wharton’s acerbic style or even of Flaubert’s aesthetic frivolities of his female protagon...more

Four and a half.

The elegant, beautiful Marian Forrester captivates not only her older husband, Captain Forrester, an elderly railroad pioneer, but also everyone she meets. She has energy, spirit and a passionate nature which helps in her move to the small town of Sweet Water, but she is also reck...more

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