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I just couldn’t get rolling with it. I am everything I ever was, whatever you or Leah may think. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. The lady died many years before Stegner was anlge, and he doesn’t ever even imply that the words are his own. Many of the landscapes he encountered in his peripatetic youth figure largely in his work, as do characters based on his stern father and athletic, outgoing brother.

In this sense, “Angle of Repose” is truly a great novel. 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.

What made the union of opposites possible?

It is a study of a marriage of opposites. Hawks sail far up in the blue, magpies fly along ahead, coming back now and then like ranging dogs to make sure you are not lost. So fitting for this equally amazing book. Before I begin my review, let me state my bias.

Stegner can definitely write a good story, and reposs did not escape my notice that this tale is richly detailed. For anyone innocent of Stegner’s gorgeous word-edifices, this is an excellent place to become acquainted with him. When she and Oliver Ward met and fell in love, she left the promise of New York to follow him, expecting to return. Mar 11, Steven Godin rated it it was amazing Shelves: Wallace Stegner knows how to get inside a marriage and pull at it and prod at it, until it settles down into what it cannot ang,e becoming and finds its angle of repose.


If you want an entertaining page turning story, this is probably not the book for you. The title of the novel itself is a superb metaphor of this search for identity and for anyle, a term borrowed from technical manuals I was actually teaching some class last month about the importance of this value when digging trenches that likens the marriage of two completely different personalities to a play of tensions and continuous struggles, until, maybe, they can find a stable position that allows them to live together peacefully.

Lyman addresses reposr grandmother directly in repoxe So what makes this one so good? A high recommendation with a proviso that the first 60 pages get kind of tedious due to Stegner establishing the meta-fiction structure.

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Subsequent research revealed that Stegner actually had based his story on the letters of Mary Hallock Stegenr, to the point where he actually copied passages.

The Day of the Jackal Next review: Finally after about seventy pages, I simply admitted to myself that there were bound to be ups and downs in this book. Acrimoniously divorced himself from his own wife, he learns in the process of writing that, in fact, he is really writing about marriage and marital infidelities.

Who was his editor? There is another physical law that teases me, too: The future is inexorable for all of them; for some it is set like a trap… So many things I know. But how could you write a realistic book about marriage with perfectly likable characters? The Doppler Effect is very apparent in my imagining of that afternoon.

Home is a notion that only the nations of the homeless fully appreciate and only the uprooted comprehend. Quiet deperation is another name for the human condition. If you want a glimpse into the human soul, this is it. He has a caretaker who comes daily, but still, they essentially want him in a nursing home. I wonder if rpeose ever reached it. The poetic-sounding title refers to an engineering concept. An interesting read nonetheless. Return to Book Page.


Angle of Repose (Modern Library): Wallace Stegner: : Books

The novel is a long one, and the pace is often crawling like a snail though minute details of everyday life events and concerns, but I anle fascinated by the glimpse into the early days of mercury mining at Almaden and silver at O or in Mexico, about the struggle to bring water to the quasy desert lands of Idaho.

Lyman is engaged in a study of — well, of his grandparents for sure, and beyond that, of time, or rather of people as they move through time.

Would he forgive his ex-wife for what she did to him? I think everyone who has come to the ending of a failed relationship repise relate to this story.

Their love, their enormous differences, their compromises, the man who comes between them–and the ending which will crush your heart and shatter your senses, surely is a book that gets right at the center of what it means to be a human being, the choices we make, and the lives we live after.

The first point to note about Stegner is that he is a master of prose, a craftsman of great skill and control. How much stress can the people of this novel endure before they pass their angle of repose and fall apart at the seams?