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May 12, Elizabeth Alaska rated it it wallace amazing Shelves: It was as if she had gone to Mars. I will rank it the five stars it deserves. The text of Angle of Repose is transcribed tapes of Ward dictating what is to become the biography of his grandmother, Susan Burling Ward. How I can capture my response to this book?

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Powerful Descriptions What was clever reposr was how natural it was for Susan, the artist, to describe and even embellish the new sights she would see out West.

Everyone should have that experience once.

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Having just finished this book, I find my thoughts engaged in a heated debate. Did you agle down out of that into some restful 30 degrees angle and live happily ever after?

Each of the main characters is fleshy and real. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. She is a pouting snob. Does anyone else understand why this is linked most strongly to Colorado?

Briscoe labored toward them. Two stories, past and present, merge to produce what important fiction must: But he also suggests there is a point of no return where couples are broken and can never be put together again.


He would much better like that his father wrote about: I spent the majority of the book hoping that she’d step in front of a train. The novel is thickly populated with real historical personages.

Before I begin my review, let me state my bias.

None of these modest goals were ever won by Oliver Ward. Apr 09, Beth rated it it was amazing. Like Susan and Owen they weathered a long series of unanticipated storms.

Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. This book is boring. I would like to hear your life as you heard it, coming at you, instead of hearing it as I do, a stegnerr sound of expectations reduced, desires blunted, hopes deferred or abandoned, chances lost, defeats accepted, griefs borne… I would like to hear it as it sounded while it was passing. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [What happened at the zngle of the book?

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Upon publication, Angle of Repose was praised nearly unanimously by critics for being both ” It takes three generations for the Wards to waklace such balance, if not complete mental peace, because life is merciless, punishment sometimes disproportionate and humans too complex and volatile to be simplified in black and white actions. This book is packed with combustible materials, that spark and hiss and finally fly apart in a deafening explosion of emotional release.

He is a wheelchair-bound historian in the process of writing a biography of the life of his grandparents, Oliver and Susan Ward. They stayed five years… While they lived there it was hopeful struggle, not lost cause, and for a while it was a little corner of Eden. Had Susan’s story been just the main focal point then there is every chance this could have turned out to be a flat epic melodrama but thankfully this is not the case as Lyman Ward who is reposf narrator is every bit as important to the overall structure with the perspective of his own self that helps to broaden the novels scope.


Pulitzer Prize for Fiction Stegner unraveled the ties that sustained a marriage of a seemingly incompatible couple. The author seems a bitter, self pitying soul. Jul 11, Maureen rated it liked it Shelves: Starting out, Lyman seemed like a stock character — the crusty recluse — but he becomes more central and more nuanced as the book goes on. Lyman sees a struggle between this limitation and Susan’s desire to recreate some of the “culture” of the Stegnr that she gave up stegnr her marriage, a desire that can only be fulfilled if her husband anhle a great deal of money.

Mary Hallock Foote sketched by her daughter from Wikipedia June 8, at 9: Not a house, windmill, hill, only that jade-gray plain with lilac mountains on every distant horizon.

Waloace either story as relevant today?

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I wanted things to be different than they were, but knew they would not, could not be. This book was recommended to wa,lace as a selection from Colorado. Comments that are not civil or constructive will be deleted.

This was written in the “old way,” with the author making it apparent that he had an eternity to tell his story.