One of Ours by Willa Cather
Quit on 9/8/06
I had never heard of Willa Cather until we moved to Nebraska and I decided to take some classes at UNL. As I perused the class schedule, Great Plains Literature caught my eye and I was intrigued, so I eagerly signed up. We only read one book by Cather (My Ántonia), but I was hooked and went on to read Death Comes for the Archbishop, O Pioneers!, Alexander's Bridge and The Song of the Lark. I also attended a conference in Red Cloud, Nebraska (Cather moved there from Virigina when she was a young girl), the setting of My Ántonia.
My professor told us his favorite work of Cather's was One of Ours, so I added it to my shelves, hoping to eventually read it. Well, it's been just about 10 years since I
Thank goodness Prof. Shively decided to assign My Ántonia instead of One of Ours. After 54 pages of dull and unappealing characters and plot, I set it aside. I even picked it up again, a few days later, hoping to find some reason to continue. Unfortunately, Claude Wheeler has nothing on Ántonia as a protagonist and the lyrical descriptions of the landscape failed to impress me, as they did in the other books I've read of Cather's (although it's always fun to read about Lincoln, depending on her details to help picture exactly where Cather's characters might be).
So, another one to go in my used bookstore box. Too bad. It has such a pretty cover.