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The second time, I had been married about five years. But how could you write a realistic book about marriage with perfectly likable characters?

Stegner tells a double tale here, with the story of Susan Ward entwined with that of her grandson, an embittered and abandoned amputee who is researching a biography of his grandmother. Now I hope for awhile at least I can put it to rest.

Reose Stegner has written a superb novel, with an fepose of scale and richness of detail altogether uncommon in contemporary fiction.

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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 sfegner he just does what he thinks best to secure a bright future for them, but money issues, uncertainty and suspicions about If love for him, troubles are never far away.

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So anyway, back to why you should read this book: The book has no plot. It is not intended to dazzle the reader and carry them rapidly from one entertaining experience to the next. From a thousand places in kf grass little gems of unevaporated water winked back the sun.

It really slowed down my reading pace View all 83 comments.

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Crossing to Safety Modern Library Classics. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. He has a local woman and her daughter help him bathe and dress, take dictation and type his story.

And he speculates on the differences produced by their respective places in time, musing on the Doppler Effect as humans may experience it over the train of extended years.

He is a wheelchair-bound historian in the process of writing a biography of the life of his grandparents, Oliver and Susan Ward. View all 25 comments. How much stress can the people of this novel endure before they pass their angle of repose and fall apart at the seams?

I just couldn’t get rolling with it. Stegner’s use of Mary Hallock Foote ‘s historical letters gives the novel’s locations— Grass ValleyLeadvilleNew AlmadenIdahoand Mexico —an authentic feel; the letters also add vividness to the Wards’ struggles with the environment, shady businessmen, and politicians. To my mind, Stegner is a true master of the craft.

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I believe the final quotes speak for themselves: View all 52 comments. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [What happened at the end of the book?

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Only the very lucky discover the keystone. Forced to retire from his work as a history professor, he can at least pursue his vocation as a historian, and in a manner that also provides him with a way of reflecting, by proxy, on his failed marriage, his relationship with his son, and the inevitable constrictions of his future.

Perhaps there are more marriages like this than I would like to admit. There is a huge difference between a book and a novel.

Angle of Repose Reader’s Guide

Quiet deperation is another name for the human condition. Angle of Repose shines a light into a dark corner rspose exists within all but the most enlightened among us and Stegner unburdens his literary soul within these pages in a way that lesser writers fear.

As befits a top ten inclusion, here are ten factors that come to mind. Does anyone else understand why this is linked most strongly to Colorado? It was as if she had gone to Mars.

The titles of these parts of the novel are: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. It is a nuanced, beautifully written novel about love, betrayal and forgiveness, or lack thereof.