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It’s perfectly clear to me that if a writer is born to write one story, this is my story. I am everything I ever was, whatever you or Leah may think.

Second of all, he knows what to tell, what to hold back and how to tie up a story. To my waloace, Stegner is a true master of the craft. As he plumbs the life of his grandparents, Lyman Ward plumbs the depths of what it is to live connected and disconnected from those around us. Posted in Historical fictionHistoriographyStegner, Wallace.

Our narrator Lyman Ward, a former history professor who is now wheelchair bound and nearly immobile due to bone disease, intends to write a book about his grandmother Susan Ward,describing her life as the wife of a mining engineer in the late ‘s. I have read this book twice so far. Write a customer review.

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner – Reading Guide – : Books

I would like to hear your life as you heard it, coming at you, instead of hearing it as I do, a sober sound of expectations reduced, desires blunted, hopes deferred or abandoned, chances lost, defeats accepted, griefs borne… I would like to hear it as it sounded while it was passing. Both the author and the narrator are fairly conservative with respect to history and angls capable of tenderness, both anble afflicted with a deprecating view of women which also hampered my enjoyment.

She created what culture she could in mining towns, and had become known for her illustrations and magazine articles about life in the West. He is in his fifties, at odds with his wife and very ill. It is an easy mistake to think that non-talkers are non-feelers. Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents’ remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America’s western strgner.


Nemesis in a wheelchair, I could roll into that party and astonish and appall the company with the things I know. Wallace Stegner knows how to get inside a marriage and pull at it and prod at it, until it settles down stegnerr what it cannot help becoming and finds its angle of repose.

To find strength, or answers, in walace to deal with what life has thrown his way. It seems to describe the loose wandering of the Ward family as they try to carve out a civilized existence in the West and, Susan hopes, to return to the East as successes. He turns what is known into probable, believable, beautifully written, thought provoking mix stfgner fact and fiction.

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Stegner coaxed ineffable beauty out of the mountains where “grass won’t grow, cats can’t live, chickens won’t lay. Stegner has some profound things to say about it. Nevada City is in the process of changing from old to new. It repse the most satisfying experience I know. Why do you have to write so well that the wounds these characters inflicted are real and festering and gangrous?

This is also the finest meditation on the contradictions of progress and inconsistences of human nature. Stengler uses the character of Shelly, a young lady who assists Lyman in his research, as a literary device to introduce the debate of modern versus traditional values: Her eyes were fixed on the framed view of mesa, black hills, saffron sky. Lyman depicts her as disappointed with her family’s position in life, but a strong character able to adjust to the circumstances.

It is not intended to dazzle the reader and carry them rapidly from one entertaining experience to the next. It is not a great book in the sense that the reader will rapidly turn the page to find out what happens next. Apparently, even after winning the Pulitzer, the New York Times refused to review this novel. My bottom-line, four word review is: So Lyman himself is struggling to NOT find his angle of repose, desperately trying to keep on sliding, so as to avoid coming to rest.


Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

It took me arduous pages to learn this. Many of the landscapes he encountered tsegner his peripatetic youth figure largely in his work, as do characters based on his stern father and athletic, outgoing brother. Mar 06, Dolors rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I hope you liked the book. It may deal with geopolitics, romance, horror, murder, or any other topic you can think of.

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And then absorbed in the story, page after page, the reader is suddenly jolted by a passage that transports her out of the story and into the landscape, a passage which describes the beauty of a land sometimes harsh but always mysteriously beautiful … and at times the beautiful because of repowe harshness. The style took me some getting used to – the bantering and commentary amidst supposed primary documents in letter format.

Interestingly, Stegner breaches the fourth wall and has Lyman as narrator also explore the world as he sees it. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The Canyon When they moved to the canyon camp, they expected to stay only through the summer. I was angry with Wallace Stegner.

There was searching clarity that threw private leanings and longings into relief and made the reading experience intimately steggner and satisfying. That’s the most perfect title for this book I can imagine. And if you’re an engineer, please feel free to correct my misunderstanding of the term.

For anyone innocent of Stegner’s gorgeous word-edifices, this is an excellent place to become acquainted with him. Why are these details left deliberately obscure? Steyner commitment to this novel deepened once they settled in Leadville, Colorado.