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One of Ours Paperback – February 28, 2007
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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 an alternate Paperback edition.
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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.
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Claude is one of those young men who truly finds himself, defines himself, when he discovers (after becoming a soldier) that ideas are more important than possessions or manufactured things. Willa Cather strategically laid the plans for Claude's moral development by making him a free-thinking humanist during college, and by bringing him together with intellectual people like the Ehrlich family in Lincoln, Nebraska. Where Willa Cather excels way beyond her contemporaries and even in the bright light of today's literary environment, is in character development. As I read this book, I felt like I was living in the Wheeler's farmhouse, feeling the emotions of Claude, his mother, and the old cook named Mahailey. I began to feel these people--as one does in reading a really good book--as my companions for a week or two, and they would cross my mind at odd moments, like friends of mine. They were very well sketched, understandable and even predictable at times (as when Claude chooses to follow his illusions about marriage and hooks up with the frigid Enid).
The end of the book, while difficult, is the best culmination for those characters during that period in history. A great read.
"As they neared the crest of the hill, Claude stood up in the car and looked back at the house, waving his cone-shaped hat. She leaned out and strained her sight, but her tears blurred everything. The brown, upright figure seemed to float out of the car and across the fields, and before he was actually gone, she lost him. She fell back against the windowsill, clutching her temples with both hands, and broke into choking, passionate speech. 'Old eyes,' she cried, 'why do you betray me? Why do you cheat me of my last sight of my splendid son!'
It is beautiful, true writing. It is exactly right. I can't recommend "One of Ours," or any of Willa Cather's books, with enough enthusiasm. This author deserves, demands, needs to be read.