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The author of the book: Willa Cather
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Edition: HarperCollins Publishers
Date of issue: April 28th 2009
ISBN 13: 9780061917493
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.61 MB
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A teenage boy, having problems at school, more in love with the theatre than studying, enamored with high society and wealth. But his family is not rich. With all his being he hates the ugliness and commonness of home and the street he lives in.
So he does something which enables him to live the life he wanted, the life he had always dreamed of, briefly and dangerously. He knows he could not sustain such a lifestyle for long, yet he is living his dream, ah to live for the moment! And ah, to kill oneself in a moment! He ends up jumping into the tracks of an oncoming train and, 'as he fell, the folly of his haste occurred to him with merciless clearness, the vastness of what he had left undone."
A fool or a hero? He didn't want the life that he was saddled in. He could have, of course, drove himself to change it, and failed nevertheless (like many). But he chose to succeed, even if his success was just a blink of an eye. Could it be that to surrender something one was given but which he didn't want is the only honorable response to a world that is deaf to his dreams?
We all die anyway.
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Read information about the authorWilella Sibert Cather was born in Back Creek Valley (Gore), Virginia, in December 7, 1873. Her novels on frontier life brought her to national recognition. In 1923 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, One of Ours (1922), set during World War I. She grew up in Virginia and Nebraska. She then attended the University of Nebraska, initially planning to become a physician, but after writing an article for the Nebraska State Journal, she became a regular contributor to this journal. Because of this, she changed her major and graduated with a bachelor's degree in English. After graduation in 1894, she worked in Pittsburgh as writer for various publications and as a school teacher for approximately 13 years, thereafter moving to New York City for the remainder of her life. She traveled widely and often spent summers in New Brunswick, Canada. In later life, she experienced much negative criticism for her conservative politics and became reclusive, burning some of her letters and personal papers, including her last manuscript. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1943. In 1944, Cather received the gold medal for fiction from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, an award given once a decade for an author's total accomplishments. She died of a cerebral hemorrhage at the age of 73 in New York City.
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