One of Ours (Paperback)
Memorial Day or Decoration Day, as my grandma called this end of spring day, is a few weeks away. Time to commemorate and remember the soldiers who have fought and died in our wars. Claude Wheeler is a young, idealistic restless son of a steadfast Nebraskan farmer. He sees his father's world as crass but Claude can't define his own "ideals". Conflicted as Claude is, he is very much a product of midwestern mores and morals. Discontented at home, he does his duty enlisting and going to France to fight in WWI or the "War to End all Wars", where he finds what he has been searching for all his life.— lyn
Even today, we picture the American frontier through a greatly romanticized lens. Yet what of the generations after those brave pioneers "tamed" the west? Willa Cather penned her 1922 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel One of Ours in the years following World War I, and in it she examines that restlessness of youth which follows when the older set has apparently lain the groundwork for what should be an easy and happy life for their children. Indeed, her hero struggles with his settled, married life on the farm and only finds his fulfillment and purpose when faced with the horrors of the battlefield.