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Author: Willa Cather
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One of Ours (Bibliobazaar Reproduction) by Willa Cather

Willa Siebert Cather was born in 1873 in the home of her maternal grandmother in western Virginia. Although she had been named Willela, her family always called her "Willa. Upon graduating from the University of Nebraska in 1895, Cather moved to Pittsburgh where she worked as a journalist and teacher while beginning her writing career.

Title: One of Ours. Author: Willa Cather. Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1. start of the project gutenberg ebook one of ours . Book One: On Lovely Creek.

First published in 1922. Last updated Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 12:58. To the best of our knowledge, the text of this work is in the Public Domain in Australia. eBooksaide The University of Adelaide Library University of Adelaide South Australia 5005.

This 1923 Pulitzer Prize winning novel was written by Willa Cather. This work had been inspired by reading her cousin . Cather’s wartime letters home to his mother. He was the first officer from Nebraska killed in World War I. Claude Wheeler, the subject of the novel, is a young man growing up on a Nebraska farm. The son of well to do parents, Claude is troubled by his apparent inability to find purpose with his life. Everything he does seems to turn out wrong, at least in his own mind. Although he is a skilled farmer, Claude believes his destiny lies elsewhere.

Book One: On Lovely Creek. The Troll Garden, and Selected Stories. O Pioneers! By Willa Cather.

One of Ours is Willa Cather's 1923 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about the making of an American soldier. One of the characteristics I love most about Cather as Leave it to Willa Cather to write the most peaceful book about war I have ever read. Claude had a grievance against Jerry just now, because of his treatment of one of the horses. Molly was a faithful old mare, the mother of many colts; Claude and his younger brother had learned to ride on her. This man Jerry, taking her out to work one morning, let her step on a board with a nail sticking up in it.

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Reviews: 7
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 boy--Claude Wheeler--is far better than a couple of its prize-winning predecessors. I think some of the other reviewers of this novel, in my humble opinion, got stuck on some of the devices/constructs in the book and allowed literary structure and drama to color their impressions -- at least more than I did. Any book that does justice to war is going to have tragedy and pathos. Also, books on war are, in the eyes of many, either going to be "too dramatic and gory," or they are not going to have enough military accuracy.

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.
I am always astounded how much I enjoy reading a Willa Cather novel. This is a story of war, World War I. the war to end all wars, but most of the book takes place on the plains of Nebraska, making the war more real, the characters more vivid, and the venture more intriguing. I love the way Cather tells a story, describes not only the people, but the landscape, the mood, the colors of the tale. It all seems so real with no contrivance. The mystery is the mystery of living, of life, and she lays it out so easily, so realistically, and so wonderfully that the reading of the story is living the story. I am old, and I do not know one has to be old to receive this author the way I do. Anyone who is interested in how life really was when European families first moved onto the plains, how they lived, what they thought, an intimate view into how they survived cannot pick a better author to provide the picture than Willa Cather.
If you're from the midwest, you'll probably understand this book. If you've never understood an agrarian form of life, you may not like the start. Time rolls slower where the earth and sky meet. Doesn't mean it has less meaning, on the contrary. It usually means that nuances have meanings and those meanings create desires that must be met. Sacrifice is part of that life. Not all things that we desire are good for us, and things we don't always like aren't necessarily bad for us. Depends on how you use it to learn about yourself. Rarely would I suspect that people are deeply introspective without quiet and time away from the bustle. I liked the book.
I was curious to read One of Ours because the author’s My Antonia was required reading for me in 10th grade Literature. One of Ours made me feel a constant longing for the protagonist to find happiness. When he didn’t find it with his wife or even with another woman, he found it with his country. Still, I had the fulfilling ending all planned out. Alas, it didn’t happen that way at all. I hoped to hear news of a character change in the other major character but that was left hanging. I can easily see why this book won the Pulitzer Prize.
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Willa Cather faced many critics in her career. Such luminaries as Ernest Hemingway and H. L. Mencken attacked this book mercilessly. Nonetheless it won the 1923 Pulitzer Prize and a careful reading still shows why.
Her characters are genuine and believable. The main character, Claude Wheeler, is especially well drawn and allowed to develop as situations merit while the story moves along.
We are presented with a young man who cannot adjust to his role as a prosperous farmer's son. He wants an education but his reluctance to confront his father forces him into a second rate Bible college and even then he's required to drop out to take up his farm duties.
World War I intervenes and as he leads men into battle his life begins to have meaning.
Cather's sense of irony finds the reader again and again. This is a gripping tale of camaraderie and and pluck as only battle can define it. Cather spent time in France to lend geographic authenticity to the story. Oddly, she finds meaning and beauty in the devastation and destruction.
There may be better novels about WWI. There probably are. But this is outstanding. No one will regret having read it.
From a quiet beginning on Nebraska farmland to the WWI devastation and trenches in France, Cather takes the reader on a insightful journey. The early chapters moved slowly, but picked up as the story progressed. Cather's prose is first-rate--full of glorious descriptions and powerful settings. The characters were well-developed, capturing their humanity--both joys and struggles. Easy to see why this book, written shortly after WW1, won a Pulitzer Prize in 1923.