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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.
I've made a commitment to begin reading Pulitzer Prize winning novels starting with the 1920s. This book by WIlla Cather, which is about a sensitive and idealistic Nebraska farm... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Montana Mackay
A lovely look into life before and during WW1. Our hero learns what is important and embodies the best of life's treasures before the end of the novel.Published 1 month ago by English Teacher
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 3 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 4 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 8 months ago by Melinda Fairburn