Angle of Repose
An American masterpiece and iconic novel of the West by National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Wallace Stegner—a deeply moving narrative of one family and the traditions of our national past.Lyman Ward is a retired professor of history, recently confined to a wheelchair by a crippling bone... show more
An American masterpiece and iconic novel of the West by National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winner Wallace Stegner—a deeply moving narrative of one family and the traditions of our national past.Lyman Ward is a retired professor of history, recently confined to a wheelchair by a crippling bone disease and dependant on others for his every need. Amid the chaos of 1970s counterculture he retreats to his ancestral home of Grass Valley, California, to write the biography of his grandmother: an elegant and headstrong artist and pioneer who, together with her engineer husband, made her own journey through the hardscrabble West nearly a hundred years before. In discovering her story he excavates his own, probing the shadows of his experience and the America that has come of age around him.
Publish date: 2014-11-04
Pages no: 672
Edition language: English
4.5 stars.My grandparents had to live their way out of one world and live into another, or into several others, making new out of old the way corals live their reef upward. I am on my grandparents' side. I believe in Time, as they did, and the life chronological rather than in the life existential. ...
When you read a book like Angle of Repose and you don't enjoy it, it doesn't mean you are dumb or not getting it. It simply means you like to enjoy reading. This book was boring. It was not meant to be enjoyed. It was meant to be proof of the author's writing prowess. When people who go for this typ...
I read Crossing to Safety last summer and liked it quite a bit (actually started a fairly heated discussion in book club because I liked Charity and no one else did) and so when I saw this on my library's ebook browse shelf I picked it up.Overall there are some great turns of phrase (quotes below), ...
it doesn't surprise that this book won the pulitzer prize. it's an ambitious novel, cleverly constructed, effectively blending life and fiction, containing some beautiful sentences. this is the story of lyman ward, a historian who has gone into retirement, afflicted by a bone disease that has result...
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