Reading the winners of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Monday, December 3, 2007
One of Ours by Willa Cather 1923
This is beautifully written and possesses a dream-like quality, but it read like two unconnected stories. I felt it was rather obvious Cather had no first-hand experience with the war and romanticized it unrealistically. Even the influenza breakout on the voyage to France is foot-noted as pre-dating the actual event. The purpose of the "war" is to give purpose to a Nebraska farm-boy's life which it does with predictable tragedy.