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Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. He is a wheelchair-bound historian in the process of writing a biography of the life of his grandparents, Oliver and Susan Ward.

The title of the novel itself is a superb metaphor of this search for identity and for companionship, 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.

Share your thoughts with other customers. To do so would overlook his technical brilliance, which shines through in this novel in his choice of narrator: On top of this, Lyman reflected on his own former marriage.

There were countless little analogies, too, that made for a pleasant experience. Stegner writes from the perspective of anglle not-so-old man who has become recently severely disabled and, in turn, divorced.

It is also, at times, simply beautiful. The poetic-sounding title refers to an engineering concept. Ward’s daughter fell into a canal and couldn’t climb out because of this. Wallafe pencil was always out. It’s perfectly clear to me that if a writer is born to write one story, this is my story. Angle of Repose in fact made me think often of my research on gender and genre: It is not a great book in the sense that the reader will rapidly turn the page to find out what happens next.

He turns what is known into probable, believable, beautifully written, thought provoking mix of fact and fiction. May 27, Jim Fonseca rated it it was amazing Shelves: Everyone should have that experience once.


I have read this book twice so far. The Changing American West Paperback. This book is boring.

Wallace Stegner was born in in Lake Mills, Iowa. Briscoe labored toward them. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [What happened at the end of the book? Like all falling bodies, it constantly accelerates. Injust married, she followed her husband, reluctantly, to the American West; however, once there she found herself fascinated with the people and places she saw, and soon became something of a literary and artistic darling to those in the East who celebrated such things.

Nothing went well; they always struggled financially and lost money on irrigation schemes. Wallace Stegner’s Pultizer Prize-winning novel is a story of discovery—personal, historical, and geographical.

I have neither perfect pitch nor a head for mathematics, and anyway who wants to compute the speed of history? Why do you have to write so well that the wounds these characters inflicted are real and festering and gangrous? Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon.

What can he learn from their lives? Lyman decides that the best use kf his last years of life is to cast this fixed look back into the past, throwing himself with dogged determination into reose study of the papers, mostly letters, left behind by his grandmother: He was one of the few true Men of Letters in this generation.

Perhaps there are parts of each character in all of us – parts we don’t want to own and aren’t proud to recognize.

Angle of Repose Reader’s Guide

But those don’t make up for the bad. 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. Lyman addresses his grandmother directly in this: Oliver I think never really realized that his wife has a life of her own as well, with his worthiness as husband and provider being enough to keep the family in check where he just does what he thinks best to secure a bright future for them, but money issues, uncertainty and suspicions about Susan’s love for him, troubles are never far away.

One of the finest novels I gepose read, and I’ve read some good ones. For lack of a keystone, the false arch may be as much as one can expect rdpose this life. Oct 12, Jonathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: How is each a hero in his or her own right? Stegner’s use of words is lovely.


Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

He grabbed me by the throat early on and I was hooked in almost the first paragraph: Recognizing america’s change both people and the land is what is what lies at it’s core, mixing the culture east with the barren west, family history both young and reposr, the power of reality and the frailties of big dreams, this is one epic family saga that vastly exceeded my expectations stegber ranks as one of the grandest novels I will ever read. I read this book based largely on the Goodreads reviews.

The novel’s take-away — that forgiveness and unconditional love are essential for a marriage to work — is one we all can benefit from. For anyone innocent of Stegner’s gorgeous word-edifices, this is an excellent place to become acquainted with him. However, when all is said and done, I want more than the feelings I take away from this novel. We still experience the same stages where ingredients like hope, faith, trust, loyalty, and understanding in the right measure might or might not carry you through.

Nevada City is in the process of changing from old to new. Do you applaud her attempts at civilizing the West or is she merely unable to accept another way of life for what it is? What was it that made his grandparents seem so unhappy?

It was as if she had gone to Mars. In his crankiness and anti-modern rants, Lyman reminds me of another subjective stegnfr, Ebenezer le Page, but I like most of all how each of them is a reflection of the places where they grew up, Ebenezer on Guernsey and Lyman in the West, and yet they come pretty close in atitudes: