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The horror of war has never been told more beautifully
on September 2, 2014
I am always astounded how much I enjoy reading a Willa Cather novel. This is a story of war, World War I. the war to end all wars, but most of the book takes place on the plains of Nebraska, making the war more real, the characters more vivid, and the venture more intriguing. I love the way Cather tells a story, describes not only the people, but the landscape, the mood, the colors of the tale. It all seems so real with no contrivance. The mystery is the mystery of living, of life, and she lays it out so easily, so realistically, and so wonderfully that the reading of the story is living the story. I am old, and I do not know one has to be old to receive this author the way I do. Anyone who is interested in how life really was when European families first moved onto the plains, how they lived, what they thought, an intimate view into how they survived cannot pick a better author to provide the picture than Willa Cather.