One of Ours

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013 - 368 Seiten
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Claude Wheeler is the sensitive, blundering young American who finds himself, or his reason for being, through the war (WWI). He is "one of ours" in both the national and the military sense; in the local sense, too, as a "son of the middle border." Wheeler the father, however, is not of the heroic, perhaps more like the unrewarded pioneer type. He had a homesteaded in Nebraska in its earlier days, and remained to grow rich in land-trading. Nominally, a farmer at the time of the story, he leases most of his land and lives in jovial ease, a well-liked and on the whole beneficent citizen. His wife has brought from Vermont, the New England piety and primness. Their three sons differ as resultants from such an union. The oldest, Bayliss, is a prig and a moneygrubber. The youngest, Ralph, has much of his father's careless geniality and interest in the world in general. It is with the second boy, Claude, that we have to do.Claude Wheeler is, in type, a pathetic commonplace individual. As a good, intelligent youngster with a yearning but without a star, he ultimately comes across as a misfit. He is too sensitive to be satisfied with his father's good-humored cynicism, too intelligent to accept his mother's old-fashioned reliance upon an orthodox God. He has vague aesthetic and intellectual possibilities, but not the will to develop them despite an unfavorable environment. He murmurs ineffectually against conditions which a determined rebellion would change for him. And, with the right woman in plain sight, he lets himself be married by the wrong woman. This is fatal for him, since he is the sort of man who must be properly mated or not at all. Enid, indeed, is one of those unendurable wives who are being revealed, or travestied, in so many recent novels-"If Winter Comes," for example. She is prude and bigotted and an egotist; we sigh with relief when she makes off to China, and we and Claude are done with her. Claude is left to close the shell of a home he has built with so pathetic hopes. There remain his mother, who yearns over him but cannot give him happiness, and his work upon the homestead farm, which he performs with a sort of dogged fidelity. He is a failure in his own eyes; his life, it appears, is over.But it is now 1917. For three years the war has been coming closer to America, even the sheltered America of the Middle West. For Claude Wheeler our entrance into the war that is to unmake war, is a life-boat upon the dark welter of existence. He goes to training camp "burning with the first ardor of the enlisted man. He believed that he was going abroad with an expeditionary force that would make war without rage, with uncompromising generosity and chivalry." Thus, at the end of Book Three, we see him setting forth for the embarkation, with the blessing of his patriotic parents, and of the woman he ought to have married. So far we have been hearing the story-teller at her best. The scene and persons of the tale are as vivid and indigenous, as full of homely truth, as the scene and persons of "Rose of Dutcher's Coolly," or "Silas Lapham" or "My Antonia."

And with Claude's departure for France the action is complete.

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Nutzerbericht  - TimBazzett - LibraryThing

Loved a few other Cather books years ago, so jumped on this one at an AAUW used book sale several years back. It's languished on my shelf since then. Finally read it last week. Meh! It was a struggle ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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One of Ours, winner of the 1923 Pulitzer Prize, is my third Willa Cather read, the first two being her more well-known stories Death Comes for the Archbishop and My Antonia. Cather’s prose is fabulous ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Über den Autor (2013)

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. In 1906, Cather moved to New York to become a leading magazine editor at McClure's Magazine before turning to writing full-time. She continued her education, receiving her doctorate of letters from the University of Nebraska in 1917, and honorary degrees from the University of Michigan, the University of California, Columbia, Yale, and Princeton. Cather wrote poetry, short stories, essays, and novels, winning awards including the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, One of Ours, about a Nebraska farm boy during World War I. She also wrote The Professor's House, My Antonia, Death Comes for the Archbishop, and Lucy Gayheart. Some of Cather's novels were made into movies, the most well-known being A Lost Lady, starring Barbara Stanwyck. In 1961, Willa Cather was the first woman ever voted into the Nebraska Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners in Oklahoma in 1974, and the National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca, New York in 1988. Cather died on April 24, 1947, of a cerebral hemorrhage, in her Madison Avenue, New York home, where she had lived for many years.

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