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Angle of Repose
by Wallace Stegner

Published: 2014-11-04
Paperback : 672 pages
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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 ...

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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.

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How did Lymans feelings towards his wife/failed marriage color the way he portrayed his grandmother's history?
What did you think of the juxtaposition of Susan's victorian morality and Shelly's sexual freedom and need to talk about things?
Do you feel the harshness of the landscapes were a comment on the marriage itself? Oliver was always trying to build a home worthy of Susan, but in the end he destroys the rose garden.
by angel.oz (see profile) 03/29/16

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Just know in advance that this selection is challenging, but worth the effort.

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by Karoly (see profile) 11/06/18

 
  "Worth the effort "by angel.oz (see profile) 03/29/16

This is a book that reminds me of being back in school. The writing is clearly superior and it us evident why it has won awards, but it was a chore to finish. The main characters were hard to like and... (read more)

 
  "Angle of Repose"by valeriesmith2 (see profile) 01/10/16

I very much enjoyed the author's description of places in the West. He also did a great job with character development.

 
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