One of Ours
Publish date: December 11th 2009
Pages no: 212
Edition language: English
I love Willa Cather's stories built around the lives of folks on the prairie some century or more ago. This is another of those, mostly. It involves a young man, Claude, who grows up on a farm in western Nebraska. He feels that he doesn't fit in, for some reason he can't really articulate, and keeps...
This was a wonderful story of the doughboys and WW1. I had problems at first, because Claude W. was to my thinking a spoiled little brat who couldn't be thankful for the good that he had in his life. He was always looking for more and what he thought was better. I feel that he did some growing up...
Goodness. This is a book that often feels plodding when one is reading, but in retrospect (even only an hour on) it's so clear and crystalline and lovely that one knows that it will stay with one forever. Claude is the quintessential flawed hero who makes bad choices and fails to understand himself ...
Leave it to Willa Cather to write the most peaceful book about war I have ever read. One of Ours is not my favorite story about World War I or my favorite Cather, but it is truly beautiful. Cather's description of the destruction caused by war and America's participation in global economy is fasci...
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