One of Ours

One of Ours

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by Willa Cather
     
 

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One of Ours is a novel by Willa Cather which won the 1923 Pulitzer Prize. It tells the story of the life of Claude Wheeler, a native of Nebraska around the turn of the 20th century. The son of a successful mid-western farmer and an intensely pious mother, thus guaranteed a comfortable livelihood, Claude Wheeler nonetheless views himself as a victim of his father's…  See more details below

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One of Ours is a novel by Willa Cather which won the 1923 Pulitzer Prize. It tells the story of the life of Claude Wheeler, a native of Nebraska around the turn of the 20th century. The son of a successful mid-western farmer and an intensely pious mother, thus guaranteed a comfortable livelihood, Claude Wheeler nonetheless views himself as a victim of his father's success and his own inexplicable malaise.

One of Ours is a portrait of a peculiarly American personality: it is the story of a young man born after the American frontier has vanished, yet whose quintessentially American restlessness seeks redemption on a frontier far bloodier and more distant than that which his forefathers had already tamed.

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ISBN-13:
2940013226425
Publisher:
Seven Treasures Publications
Publication date:
10/29/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,184,815
File size:
779 KB

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One of Ours 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Willa Cather has long been one of my favorite authors, but somehow I had overlooked this book. What a shame. It is quite possibly her best novel and one of the standout works of American literature. The book presents a contast of emotions. Claude Wheeler is a man whose life lacks direction or meaning until he is called to war. The book, at first glance, is a tragedy, yet somehow everything works out for the best. You need to read it to understand. Set in Cather's native Nebraska, it offers a vivid portait of the land that is the hallmark of her work. This novel is on par with other such great American novels as To Kill a Mockingbird and East of Eden. It is a must read!
L.M._Elm More than 1 year ago
Willa Cather with her plain and simple language, weaves a beautiful story of a man who finds himself not at home among the Nebraska prairie, but in the worn torn battle fields of France. One of Ours is an enduring testament to soldiers, his comrades and the people solders leave behind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this Pulitzer Prize winning book, Willa Cather narrates the making of a young American soldier. The book reveals a noble task one could perform to restore a nation's glory and to complete oneself as a person. Claude Wheeler's physical and spiritual journeys touch us all. Very inspiring and poignant.
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