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One of Ours By Willa Cather One of Ours One of Ours is Willa Cather s Pulitzer Prize winning novel about the making of an American soldier Claude Wheeler the sensitive but aspiring protagonist has ready access to his family s fortune

  • Title: One of Ours
  • Author: Willa Cather
  • ISBN: 9781600969799
  • Page: 166
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of Ours By Willa Cather One of Ours is Willa Cather s 1923 Pulitzer Prize winning novel about the making of an American soldier Claude Wheeler, the sensitive but aspiring protagonist, has ready access to his family s fortune but refuses to settle for it Alienated from his uncaring father and pious mother, and rejected by a wife whose only love is missionary work, Claude is an idealist without iOne of Ours is Willa Cather s 1923 Pulitzer Prize winning novel about the making of an American soldier Claude Wheeler, the sensitive but aspiring protagonist, has ready access to his family s fortune but refuses to settle for it Alienated from his uncaring father and pious mother, and rejected by a wife whose only love is missionary work, Claude is an idealist without ideals to cling to Only when his country enters the Great War does he find the meaning of his life.
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    1. Duane on said:

      Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1923 Claude Wheeler is a young man with, seemingly, everything Well respected parents who own a good Nebraska farm that will someday belong to Claude, and he has a new wife But Claude has bigger dreams that can t be fulfilled in this setting His parent s are indifferent to his dreams, and his wife is only interested in her church and mission work Then World War I comes along, and Claude sees this as his opportunity to do something meaningful with his l [...]

    2. Cheryl on said:

      Ruin and new birth the shudder of ugly things in the past, the trembling image of beautiful ones on the horizon finding and losing that was life, he saw A mother s love for a distressed son A son s love for his emotionally abused and pious mother A young man pondering life and what it has to offer A war that has to be fought A protagonist who feels the pull of duty to a war that summons American lives If this is not a book about the inner turmoils of war and one s psychological battle with life, [...]

    3. Whitney Atkinson on said:

      I m crying as I write this review And it was a book for class This book is set during World War I, but the first half of this book talks about the main character s life at home and how he feels discontent with working on the farm and discontent with the marriage he fell into and discontent with living a life that was meaningless I thought his inner struggle was so compelling and even somewhat relatable, and I adored his personality as well.The latter half of this book is when he is deployed to F [...]

    4. Meredith Holley (Sparrow) on said:

      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 fascinating, and I was surprised to find a perspective that I think of as common in post Vietnam writing in a book published before the Great Depression.One of the characteristics I love most about Cather as a [...]

    5. Scott Axsom on said:

      One of Ours is another in a long line of beautiful works by Willa Cather, and the one she won a Pulitzer for If you re a Cather fan already, well, you re used to her stories generally going not much of any place in particular If you re new to her work, prepare for a languorous, yet profound, journey through the lives of remarkably ordinary people One of Ours hews to her style of magnificently in depth characterizations and elegiac descriptions of the early twentieth century American Midwest.This [...]

    6. Jon on said:

      The story of Claude Wheeler, a college age farmer s son in Nebraska, just before and during World War I I try to put my finger on what is so appealing about Cather s prose, besides the sensitive and subtle presentation of her characters and her vivid descriptions of the physical world I guess it s her non judgmental choice of words she presents some pretty repellent characters, but she never describes them in a way to prejudice the reader she lets other characters be repelled by them What she ac [...]

    7. Sara on said:

      3.5 stars, rounded up.The first half of this novel is Willa Cather in her element She knows the plains and its people, and as long as Claude was on the farm and in his small town, I found each word true and compelling The second half of the novel, which takes place in France during WWI, does not ring as true and loses its grip on the characters somewhat The horrors of the trenches of WWI are well known and any idea that a man could feel happy to be there seems far fetched Happy to go, yes, happy [...]

    8. Sketchbook on said:

      Who s the GREAT American writer Not Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Wharton, Faulkner Here she is Willa Cather.

    9. Ensiform on said:

      Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this is the story of Claude Wheeler, an American farm boy who grows to manhood convinced that there is something splendid about life than the quotidian existence he sees around him, that will be his future Frustrated at his inability to attend anything but a small religious college, and entranced by glimpses of a daring family who engage in intellectual debate and love the arts, he gets married but finds that his wife, too, lives only for Christian missionary work [...]

    10. Susan on said:

      I have always enjoyed stories about how people lived years ago, and this one certainly didn t disappoint me, giving a great insight into not only the everyday practicalities of living at this time, but also looking closely at the characters themselves, thier hopes, fears and personalities.I ve read many books about The First World War, but never from the perspective of American Servicemen travelling so far to fight a war which must have seemed so remote and distant, especially when you consider [...]

    11. ☕Laura on said:

      I loved the beginning of this book, then felt sort of bogged down in the middle, but was again very engaged at the end I almost gave this book 3 stars because of the middle, but the parts of it that were beautiful were so beautiful that I think it deserves 4 One of my favorite passages was Most of the boys who fell in this war were unknown, even to themselves They were too young They died and took their secret with them what they were and what they might have been , but there were many beautiful [...]

    12. Libros Prestados on said:

      Me fastidia que no me haya gustado m s Hay partes que me han maravillado, pero otras en cambio me han parecido incluso algo aburridas.Y no es porque Willa Cather no sea una maestra en lo que escribe Es maravilloso c mo describe cada paisaje y la vida en el campo Consigue transportarte all Y parecer incre ble, pero me interesaba m s la aburrida vida del protagonista en su granja que su odisea en la Primera Guerra Mundial Entiendo al final lo que quiere conseguir la autora, y en ese final todo tie [...]

    13. Dawn Michelle on said:

      I love Cather so much Her writing is so pure and lyrical and really takes to the heart of wherever she is writing about you feel what the people in the story are feeling and what they are seeing etc This book is no exception So well written, so heartbreaking on so many levels I totally see how this won the Pulitzer it is so worthy of that prize A MUST read for any Cather fan.

    14. Nathan on said:

      The Nebraska half of the novel is good I just couldn t get behind what Cather had to say about the experience of war once Claude goes to France I have no doubt that many, many wonderful people find a home and a meaningful life in the military I just struggle with the message that World War I trench combat made anyone s life whole I ve never been a soldier and I ve never been in a war, but I ve read the stories of many talented writers who ve lived that experience and this story didn t ring true. [...]

    15. Katy on said:

      Worthy of the Pulitzer Wonderful writing that brings the reader to Nebraska and then France during WWI A sad and touching coming of age story.

    16. Christopher Sutch on said:

      This fine novel is deceptively easy to read, but I think was Cather s most complex and significant work up to the time of its publication 1922 won the Pulitzer Prize Rather than stating explicitly where the novel is going or, when the narrative finally moves toward its climax, the links with the events that happened earlier , Cather s style becomes here much high modernist without the technical stylings of Faulkner or Hemingway, both concerned at times with similar subject matter surface detail [...]

    17. Joyce Lagow on said:

      1923 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for fiction return return I ve lived in Nebraska and know well the rolling landscape, the hard working but easy going people who farm and ranch the land there Willa Cather s prose, as far as I m concerned, reflects perfectly their characters That is the first impression that a reader takes away from One of Ours And its protagonist, Claude Wheeler, reminds me of young people I ve met there, who love their state and their families, but somehow don t quite fit in W [...]

    18. Rachel on said:

      Apparently, Willa Cather did not want this book to be classed as a war story, and after reading it, that makes a lot of sense to me Yes, Hemingway et al did get their mantiesin a twist about how feeble the surprisingly scanty war parts were, but really, boys, that would seem to be missing the point I mean, it s right there in the title No All Quiet on the Western Front for Cather it s One of Ours, and I read the Ours as we good old US of A ers and the One as our hero, Claude Wheeler, and the boo [...]

    19. Shawn on said:

      One of Ours Willa Cather was given the Pulitzer Prize for this book in 1923, although, in my humble opinion, it is not her best work The story follows Claude Wheeler, a thoughtful yet inexplicably restless son of a Nebraska farmer, through his early adulthood and into the trenches of World War One The book is unique among Cather s works as it was considered by her contemporaries as a war novel Claude is a second generation Nebraska and, as such, he comes of age twenty or twenty five years after [...]

    20. Angie on said:

      I ve read My Antonia, O Pioneers, and Neighbor Rosicky I mistakenly thought that what I loved so much about Cather are her prairie pioneer struggling to make a living off the earth work ethic themes I ve long avoided reading One of Ours, because I feared the WWI setting would lull me to sleep The truth is, Willa Cather could write banking manuals and make me fall in love with the characters She s just a truly great writer I so enjoyed this story I love stories, and Willa Cather is one of few tru [...]

    21. Ann on said:

      Amazing to discover a Cather work written in 1922 and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in 1923 over 90 years ago and have it thoroughly embrace you as though it were recently written I was totally drawn in Felt it was as much the story of a young man s growing up and early adult years in Nebraska, as it was a tale of the Great War, World War I Loved it Recommend.

    22. Daniel Villines on said:

      One of our Ours seems to be perceived as just another World War I novel but the truth is that the war is one of many settings in this novel that are used by Cather to tell a humanistic story The book brings to life the beliefs of humans, the realities formed out of these beliefs, and their consequences Specifically, she focuses on the people of small towns in rural America and one young adult who is in search of who he should become while living in a sea of strong minded family and friends While [...]

    23. Karen Hagerman on said:

      I can t possibly give Willa Cather anything less than 5 stars, although this wasn t my absolute favorite of hers The first half, which takes place on the prairies and farms of Nebraska, is achingly beautiful and the main character, Claude Wheeler, will stay with me for a long time I so sympathized with his general frustration his desire to make of himself, his disappointment in his frigid but efficient wife, his distaste for his father and his deep but unstated love for his mother I completely [...]

    24. Ron on said:

      Pulitzer Prize winner or not, I almost quit during the first fifty pages The opening is a dreadful bore By modern standards, Cather commits almost every storytelling gaff Even by 1922 standards, she should have compressed the first half of her story into half the space.The story really begins when the Great War intrudes on the life of rural America The protagonist breaks his provincial shell and enters the greater world His life and the story begins as he sails past the Statue of Liberty bound f [...]

    25. Tracy on said:

      I love Willa Cather, and each new book or story I read of hers just solidifies that opinion I understood Claude so completely and, though I was frustrated with him at times, I also felt like he spoke my own thoughts and reflected the side of me that is too often discontented It s not the me I show to the public, but too frequently it s the me inside.And when, very late in the novel, I read this passage, I was so proud of him I truly felt as though I d watched him mature and become a man I never [...]

    26. Bookslut on said:

      I don t like the way Willa Cather writes it is such pared down, understated prose that it doesn t sit easily on my brain Nonetheless, this book really touched me My critique is that the two parts of the novel do not relate well to each other The first part is an in depth character study, almost painfully slow, and the second is a fast, plot heavy war story The character study she s set up so carefully is almost lost, rather than developed, in the war portion It s kind of a shame, since the war i [...]

    27. Devyn Duffy on said:

      Willa Cather deserves a nomination as the greatest American author.For some reason, One of Ours doesn t seem to move many people, but I found it to be a wonderfully written story of a young man who can t seem to figure out how to live The characters seem real, as they do in all of Cather s work, and Cather is one of the few authors I know of who can describe scenes in vivid detail without being boring.I don t want to spoil the story for anyone who hasn t read it You probably already know, howeve [...]

    28. Carol Douglas on said:

      Many people who read Willa Cather s books like My Antonia and Death Comes to the Archbishop don t know that she wrote a book about World War I, One of Ours, or that that book won the Pulitzer Prize I finally read the book and like it as well as anything else she wrote One of Ours is the story of a Nebraska farm boy who is by far the brightest in his family but whose attempts to expand intellectually are shot down again and again.Cather describes Nebraska, and indeed every place, wonderfully She [...]

    29. Christopher on said:

      I m afraid my experience with this book suffered a bit from what I ve dubbed the Book Prize Oopsy Syndrome, wherein, according to this article, winning a prestigious prize in the literary world seems to go hand in hand with a particularly sharp reduction in ratings of perceived quality This book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1923 and for me that s one of the best prizes a book can win So I expected genius, and what I got was a good book Just not genius.But I am very interested to read Willa Cather [...]

    30. Cindy on said:

      I think this is a book you read and keep thinking about it Willa Cather s descriptions pull you into prairie life and war This book is a sad reminder that sometimes war is a headline in a newspaper or a game that kids play Not many people think about the destruction of people and countries Those that fight the war and come home, sometimes do not do so well I always think of those that gave the ultimate sacrifice.

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