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One of Ours by Willa Cather
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Apr 08, 2012

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While I have read (and loved) several of Cather's books in the past (which, incidentally, I enjoyed more than this one), this was the first time I kept being reminded of Pearl S. Buck's writing and the similarities between the two. Both have an ability to write as anthropologists, with keen, insightful observation that brings a culture, environment and lifestyle to life. Both are able to fully depict a person's character and motivations in a complete three-dimensional way.

As with Buck, the plot/story isn't as much the point or very developed in a riveting way. There were a couple of unfinished threads I would've appreciated being tied up, like Gladys Farmer and Claude's crappy wife Enid. I also couldn't reconcile myself with the ending, I honestly didn't expect it. Although I suppose it did make it that much more poignant and thought-provoking, with the war giving Claude's life the purpose and meaning he'd always desperately sought.
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