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 The Cleverest Person In The World place inarticular If you re new to her work Emotions And Understanding prepare for a languorous yetrofound journey through the lives of remarkably ordinary La Nacion Como Problema Los Historiadores Y La Cuestion Nacional people One of Ours hews to her style of magnificently in depth characterizations and elegiac descriptions of the early twentieth century American WestThis book centers around a second generation Nebraska farmer who s just entering his twenties and discovering that the life his family and convention have mapped out for him doesn t hold theromise for learning and adventure that his own spirit seems to harbor He knows and loves a wonderf 35 stars rounded upThe first half of this novel is Willa Cather in her element She knows the Singapore Math Practice Level 6a Grade 7 plains and itseople 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 lace in The second half of the novel which takes lace in 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 to stay no With so much death and destruction around you how could you not look back at your life and family with a bit of longing and nostalgia As a matter of fact I should have thought that Claude would find a much deeper appreciation of his life in the States by being in France at this moment in time Cather won the Pulitzer for this novel and I think it is one of those selections that must be Singapore Math Practice Level 4b Grade 5 put into the context of the time Having recently emerged from WWI I think the world was anxious to look at the war as something worthwhile and the men who died there and those who came home inieces as having been enhanced by the experience This novel might be of a case of how we want to see things than a case of how they actually wereI did enjoy this story found it Singapore Math Practice Level 5b Grade 6 particularly appealing as a coming of age tale in theortions that take Sugar Secrets Luck place before the war I would have liked a different ending or at least one that made a different statement But this is Cather s tale not mine When I had finished I went andulled a Sugar Secrets Love photograph of a WWI soldier that I happen to have in myossession I looked at his face and those of his simple farming family He stands roudly in his uniform and I tried Claude Wheeler craves excitement far than he can ever find as a farmer's son He encounters at university where the modern world beyond farm
CHARACTERS One of OursO impose Claude s thoughts onto himit wouldn t work for me I think Hemingway got the war right I think Cather did not Leave it to Willa Cather to write the most The Good And Faithful Servant 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 sarticipation in global economy is fascinating and I was surprised to find a Balthazar perspective that I think of as common inost Vietnam writing in a book Kristen S Fairy House published before the Great DepressionOne of the characteristics I love most about Cather as a writer is her ability to give her charactersositions or traits that she obviously disagrees with and still be compassionate towards them This story was no exception Although Claude the hero of the novel makes the wrong decision every time he comes to a crossroads it does not make me or I felt Cather like him less and I don t feel "Like She S Beating Me " she s beating me the head with the fact that he s wrong It makes me so uncomfortable to read a story where the author is mean and etty to the characters That is not
To Say Life Issay life is a cheery lace in Cather s books but I never feel like she has a vendetta against Luce S Big Mistake people she includes in Published in 1922 One of Ours by Willa Cather won the 1923 Putlizer Prize for the Novel It carried Cather s finerose especially when the object was the Nebraska landscape and life on the Fen S Revenge prairie However this story dominated by the atrocities of World War 1 and its significance to therotagonist s sense of Introduction To Epilepsy purpose was notalatable reading and I was not convinced by its line of thought or indeed the suggestion that a dull life can be saved by warClaude Wheeler is a farmer s son who wishes to go to university but is bound by family obligations to till the land He marries a girl he loves and who evidently cares for him but who would much rather become a missionary Poor Claude is intensely unhappy In some ways he reminds me of John Williams Stoner also a farmer s son who has loftier aspirations Whereas Stoner finds Pride purpose in literary studies and eventually academia Claude discovers his self worth in taking up arms and fighting in WWI To his buddy David Gerhardt Claude said I never knew there was anything worth living for till this war came on Before that the world seemed like a businessroposition Becoming a lieutenant in the army opens up Claude s limited social circle and gives him a new ur. Ife offers new thrills and challenges only to lose them as the farm calls him back World War I offers him even but he may crave excitement th. Pose for living Both Stoner and have wives
WHO PHYSICAL INTIMACY AND MADE MARRIAGE A DEATHshun hysical intimacy and made marriage a death However this is where their similarity ends Whereas Stoner explores the worthy life in a deeply moving and The Homecoming persuasive manner One of Ours holds up an ideal that rings a bit hollowOf the sound of the guns Claude reflects What they said was that men could still die for an idea and would burn all they had made to keep their dreams He knew the future of the world was safe It is another way of saying dulce et decorum estro The Guardians Of Staghill patria mori At nooint in his five year involvement in the warfront in France did he once spare a thought for his mother and housekeeper who loved him dearly Long marches trench warfare constant bombardment broken limbs rotting corpses including an epidemic that claimed the lives of many comrades hunger starvation certainty of death these are the harsh realities of war Yet Claude did not once long for home In fact Claude comes across wooden and his affections muted He has comrades in arms whom he admires and loves but when they are blown to smithereens Claude greets their loss impassively All this adds up to a hero who seems distant and hard to warm up to And because the story was told from Claude s oint of view it fell flat for me This is the first Willa Cather book that left me dissatisfied and yet it won Cather a Putlizer I must not have read it in the spirit it was intended Maybe my friends can enlighten me Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for it in the spirit it was intended Maybe my friends can enlighten me Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for in 1923 Claude Wheeler is a young man with seemingly everything Well respected arents 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 From Hitler Youth To American Soldier 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 life I won t say what happens but Willa Cather is a master at bringing her characters to life and giving the reader the essence of what it was like living on the Nebraskarairie in the early 20th century This was her home and these were her The Screwball Asses people The character Claude was inspired by her cousin GP Cather who was born and raised on the farm next to Willas family Like Claude GP also served in WWIDefinitely one of Willa Cather s finest achievements Right up there with My ntonia and O PioneersReview revised on 921. An life itself can allow Wanting it as much as he does can'trotect him from the conseuences of Eating Your Heart Out personal bravado in an age of killing machin.