• The Professor's House

  • By: Willa Cather
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (93 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Willa Cather's lyrical and bittersweet novel of a middle-aged man losing control of his life is a brilliant study in emotional dislocation and renewal.

Professor Godfrey St. Peter is a man in his 50s who has devoted his life to his work, his wife, his garden, and his daughters, and achieved success with all of them. But when St. Peter is called on to move to a new, more comfortable house, something in him rebels. And although at first that rebellion consists of nothing more than mild resistance to his family's wishes, it imperceptibly comes to encompass the entire order of his life. 

The Professor's House combines a delightful grasp of the social and domestic rituals of a Midwestern university town in the 1920s with profound spiritual and psychological introspection. 

©1925 Willa Cather (P)2016 Random House Audio

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This is the Cather book that should have received her Pulitzer!

Familiar story with that award.

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Gently compelling

There's not a ton of action in this story about a professor who has lost interest in his life and is trying to cope with changes in both the world around him and in his own family life, but the picture that Willa Cather paints of this man still consumed by grief is so poignant.

The middle section, in which the professor's now deceased protege takes center stage, is less interesting to me but contains some beautiful prose as she describes the southwest landscape and Tom's feeling of connection to it.

Don't expect much of a plot and don't expect anything tied neatly in a bow at the end and just enjoy Willa Cather's writing.

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Deeply thought proving

While it could be called a midlife crisis for St. Peters, I felt it more as a coming of age. Returning to himself. To the Kansas boy. As someone thinking about "listening to my life," it was powerful.

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Reading ar age 75

This book was a great surprise. Captivating extensive description of the Professor and his interior thoughts and feelings. Cather "tells" the reader thru sensual description leaving the reader with sensations, tastes, sounds, textures, and perfect understanding.

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A fine book for anyone contemplating retirement and the arc of a life

This work is remarkable in its description of the trajectory of the life of an highly sensitive, thoughtful, and kind man and much more.

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surprisingly gay

Interesting. I felt a bit like I was playing a game of spot the gay and misogynistic untones. Which is nice for an English lit fan, as I'd imagine most people reading Willa Cather are. the language was beautiful, and the story plotless but engaging. The 1920s setting is very apparent, and very fun. I think the kids who like The Secret History would like this.

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Sean Runnette’s excellent reading

Sean Runnette’s superb reading makes The Professor’s House a particular pleasure to listen to. Strongly recommended.

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Slow start

I found this hard to get into at first. I felt it was slow and difficult to see the plot. I stuck with it and found the narrator to be engaging. It is sentimental story.

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  • 08-03-22

Beautifully written and sensitively narrated

My second Willa Cather novel, after A Lost Lady. Really enjoyed both of them and will definitely read the earlier, more famous works. These two share a wistful poignancy, a quality found in Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome and Summer, Williams's Stoner and much of Richard Yates's fiction, especially A Good School.