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''The thing about Willa Cather's landscape and figures is that not only were they born alive but remain so after six decades.'' --Guardian (London)
''An astonishing power to touch an elegiac note right on the nerve without sentimentality.'' --Marina Warner, British writer, historian, and mythographer --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Willa Cather's Pulitzer Prize-winning narrative of the making of a young American soldier
Claude Wheeler, the sensitive, aspiring protagonist of this beautifully modulated novel, resembles the youngest son of a peculiarly American fairy tale. His fortune is ready-made for him, but he refuses to settle for it. Alienated from his crass father and pious mother, all but rejected by a wife who reserves her ardor for missionary work, and dissatisfied with farming, Claude is an idealist without an ideal to cling to. It is only when his country enters the First World War that Claude finds what he has been searching for all his life.
In One of Ours Willa Cather explores the destiny of a grandchild of the pioneers, a young Nebraskan whose yearnings impel him toward a frontier bloodier and more distant than the one that vanished before his birth. In doing so, she creates a canny and extraordinarily vital portrait of an American psyche at once skeptical and romantic, restless and heroic. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I did not care for it. Too much WW1. No happy endings. Left loose ends at home. I read several of her books and liked them much better.Published 2 months ago by D. Grace
This was so well written that it won the Pulitzer for Willa Cather. I was surprised to read some of the same sayings and thoughts expressed today. Read morePublished 3 months ago by MaryAnn Dodd
Book was in pristine condition. The Contents inside were so beautifully phased that I typed passages to be read.aloud as the questions for my book. What a joy to read!Published 6 months ago by Melinda Fairburn
Certainly not a "happy" novel, but searching the meaning of life in the everyday and extraordinary events of life.Published 7 months ago by Reader
Willa Cather is a favourite. I've read most of her books, and this is another splendid work,
The story of a farm boy, who doesn't fit in completely with his family, nor the... Read more