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It is like someone reflecting back over their life even before they have lived it. It is not a great book in the sense that the reader anglle rapidly turn the page to find out what happens next. His integrity prevented the material success he would have liked as a source of comfort for Susan. Is it love or sympathy that makes me think myself capable of reconstructing these lives, or am I, Nemesis in a wheelchair, bent on proving something — perhaps that not even gentility and integrity are proof against the corrosions of human weakness, human treachery, human disappointment, human inability to forget?

By the time of his death in he had published some two dozen works of fiction, history, biography, and essays. Please try again later. Set up as a frame story, the novel is also about the man who chronicles this history of his forebearers–and the ultimate healing that his research allows him to find.

Lyman addresses his grandmother directly in this: Institutions The give-and-take of a marriage was a central theme. As he plumbs the walpace of his grandparents, Lyman Ward plumbs the depths of what it is to live connected and disconnected from those around us.

For me, it took a while for this novel to reach a certain momentum as the author introduces the reader to the narrator, Lyman Ward. How much stress can the people of this novel endure before they pass their angle of repose a Here is the definition of angle of repose: But Lyman finally understands that above any aspiration to moral justice, greatness or dignity, above pride or self-discipline; the only chance of a future, the only means to accept his situation is to forgive the cumulative errors of the past.


His brilliance shines through as he uses wheelchair-bound Lyman, a writer writing the history of his grandmother Susan Ward going back to circa View all 5 comments.

The lady died many years before Stegner was born, and he doesn’t ever even imply that the words are his own. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. Amazon Ov Cloud storage wallacd Amazon. At the same time, I want to allow others to read and enjoy it as I have without a single spoiler to be had anywhere. I’m sure I will read it again a few more times.

We have had too many divorces, we have consumed too much transportation, we have lived too shallowly in too many places.

View all 31 comments. He has divided his novel into 9 parts. Santa Cruz [Chapter 2 of this part is masterful, a telling of the scenery, the conversations of his protagonists, which reveal the different perspectives have of the locale, the people that surround them, and the place they are in on their journey. If Susan is represented by her graphic illustrations and the novels she rdpose, Oliver heritage is in the spurs, bowie knife and revolver that are hanged on the wall of the house he built with his own hands, a reminder that the West was also a harsh and unforgiving place.

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

Absolutely no taste, whatsoever. From a thousand places in the grass little gems of unevaporated water winked back the sun. I enjoyed wallcae book immensely but I did not love it. A book that you had to have with you at all times, stegndr it at the dinner table, sneaking peeks at it during work hours?

Marriage, and what it takes — and takes out of you — to make it work is the main theme of this book. Shelly is a college dropout and a former member of a hippie commune, occassional drug consumer and self declared free spirit.


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 that harshness. It is touch that is the deadliest enemy of chastity, loyalty, monogamy, gentility with its codes and conventions and restraints.

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Susan Burling Ward is refined, educated, and strong-willed. He was a mining engineer. Here we see even Lyman rather cavalierly discarding as useless all kinds of material that historians trained in different later schools of historiography would readily and eagerly incorporate into their accounts of pioneer life.

He is a divorced amputee with a debilitating disease that is slowly “petrifying” [4] him. For three decades she wrote novels and stories, and sent drawings, and wood engravings made from them, to various publications in the East. Seminars and symposiums are held anggle his honor and memory. Layered on the frontier story is the fictional wallade of the man writing it who turns these pioneers into his grandparents. View all 10 comments.

Civilizations grow by agreements and accommodations and accretions, not by repudiations. And I felt myself talking to the characters, mostly Susan. There are several dubious assumptions about the early West. It was my first Stegner, but I will probably give him another try later ztegner.

To do so would overlook his technical brilliance, which shines through in this novel in his choice of narrator: Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: