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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,788 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Willa Cather Narrator: Kristen Underwood Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Willa Cather’s Pulitzer Prize–winning novel tells of the making of a young American soldier.

Claude Wheeler, the sensitive, aspiring protagonist, resembles the youngest son of a peculiarly American fairy tale. His fortune is ready-made for him, but he refuses to settle for it. Alienated from his crass father and pious mother, all but rejected by a wife who reserves her ardor for missionary work, and dissatisfied with farming, Claude is an idealist without an ideal to cling to. It is only when his country enters the First World War that Claude finds the purpose he has been searching for all his life. His yearnings impel him toward a frontier wilder and more violent than the one tamed by his pioneer ancestors.

One of Ours is a canny and vital portrait of an American psyche at once skeptical and romantic, restless and heroic.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The thing about Willa Cather’s landscape and figures is that not only were they born alive but remain so after six decades.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “An astonishing power to touch an elegiac note right on the nerve without sentimentality.”

    Marina Warner, British writer, historian, and mythographer

  • Winner of the 1923Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kelly | 2/17/2014

    " Won the Pulitzer in 1923. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sara | 2/12/2014

    " Even though it's been a few years since I read this book, I still remember it. The pictures in my mind are still bright. Some very poignant scenes and quite a story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sara | 2/10/2014

    " I loved this book. Cather tells the story of a young girl who lives in a small town and has great talent at the piano. Her talent takes her to the big city where she finds greater artistic development as well as her first love. It's typical Cather, but with a musical theme. Thoroughly enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jim | 2/5/2014

    " A Pulitzer Prize winner with this book for the usual reason -that it portrays a particular part of the history of this country - the first half of the book details life as Claude was growing up in Nebraska. I wished that part hadn't ended. It almost seemed that I was reading a different book after he enlisted and was having the usual experiences on a troop ship except in this case there was a flu epidemic on board. It wasn't until later that I realized she was giving the readers a small taste of the same kind of sickness that was world-wide at that time. I gradually got used to the fact that the rest of the book would be an account of the lives of infantrymen in and out of trenches in France. Their human qualities as well as those of the German soldiers are revealed and causes one to ponder again about how senseless such things are. "

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