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Lucy Gayheart (1935)

af Willa Cather

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18-årige Lucy Gayheart forlader sin lille hjemby i Nebraska for at studere musik i Chicago. Da hun forelsker sig i en midaldrende sanger, forandres hendes liv for altid.
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    pacocillero: Aunque el estilo es muy distinto las historias convergen en que son las dos mujeres que emigran buscando un cambio en sus vidas.
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Willa Cather's "My Antonia" is one of my favorite pieces of literature by a female writer, so I occasionally pick up some of her other works. This one reminded me a lot of Edith Wharton's "Ethan Frome," with its wistful main character and doomed romance. And I sympathized with Lucy's sister Pauline when she described the "parlour cat and the kitchen cat." ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
A moving, bittersweet story about the pain of unfulfilled love. ( )
  DrFuriosa | Dec 4, 2020 |
50. Lucy Gayheart by Willa Cather
published: 1935
format: 195-page Vintage Classic paperback
acquired: June
read: Sep 8 – Oct 1
time reading: 5 hr 2 min, 1.6 min/page
rating: 4½
locations: early 20th century Nebraska and Chicago
about the author born near Winchester, VA, later raised in Red Cloud, NE. December 7, 1873 – April 24, 1947

I'm running out of Cathers. I was worried based the previous book, [Shadows on the Rock] and the contemporary criticism of conservativism in her later novels that she was running low at the end. Then here she immediately generates a wonderful character in Lucy Gayheart to open this novel. Lucy‘s vitality comes off the page in this prose. Her aura, her existence - it‘s beautiful and attractive. Maybe sexy. And there is a Chekhov element as we open not with Lucy exactly, but with memories and with the failure of photographs to capture her living energy, her “gentle glow”, a “bird flying home”. Cather has cast her magic.

Fate seems to play a role. Cather lays out this way:

In the darkening sky she had seen the first star come out; it brought her heart into her throat. That point of silver light spoke to her like a signal, released another kind of life and feeling which did not belong here. It overpowered her. With a mere thought she had reached that star and it had answered, recognition had flashed between. Something knew then, in the unknowing waste: something had always known, forever! That joy of saluting what is far above one was an eternal thing, not merely something that had happened to her in ignorance and her foolish heart.

The flash of understanding lasted but a moment. Then everything was confused again. Lucy shut her eyes and leaned on Harry‘s shoulder to escape from what she had gone so far to snatch. It was too bright and too sharp. It hurt, and made one feel small and lost.


The novel takes us from small town Nebraska pettiness to a mix of Chicago's anonymity and its high music culture in earlies days of the 20th century. I really enjoyed spending time with Lucy and worried about the ominous implications of fate. It's tightly knit, clean novel that offers its unique little literary spark, even if it revisits some well tread Cather themes.

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  dchaikin | Oct 11, 2020 |
this isn't actually bad or anything, i just don't really see the point of it. the last bit picked it up for me - the sentiment and the writing was strongest in that part; so i almost gave it 2 stars since it ended on a higher note. but, while as a whole it's not at all bad, i just don't see much to it. i wasn't made to care about the characters, the situation, the place - as well drawn as they were. the writing was good but unlike others of hers i've read, it was lacking any emotional impact.

maybe it's the kind of story that doesn't appeal to me these days, because it was well done for what it was; I just wasn't into it. ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Nov 21, 2019 |
Another lovely novel by Willa Cather. This is about a young woman, Lucy Gayheart, who was rather a vibrant presence in the small Nebraska town where she grew up. Then she moved to Chicago to further her piano studies. She becomes the rehearsal accompanist for a famous singer, Clement Sebastian, and eventually becomes totally infatuated with him. Perhaps, also, he with her.

Like all Cather books, there are lots of observations regarding the lives of ordinary people. Not lots of action, but beautiful, straight-forward writing and clear observation on the human condition.
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