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ISBN: 0141185473 / ISBN-13: 9780141185477

Angle of Repose

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  • Angle of Repose (Penguin Books) – Trade paperback (2000)
    by Wallace Earle Stegner, Jackson J Benson (Introduction by)

    Angle of Repose

    Trade paperback, Penguin Books
    2000
    English
    592 pages

    ISBN: 0141185473
    ISBN-13: 9780141185477

    Wallace Stegner's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a story of discovery--personal, historical, and geographical. Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family.

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Reviews of Angle of Repose

Overall customer rating: 4.667
OldTexan

Great love story set in old West

by OldTexan on Dec 4, 2009

This love story beautifully captures the tension between the sophisticated East and the bumptious ever optimistic West during the second half of the nineteenth century. If you want to learn how the western pioneers and opportunists really lived and thought while following the not so easy marriage of the fully fleshed out protaganists of the story then you will enjoy and appreciate this classic novel.

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TheWhiteRock

1880's US history like you've never heard it!

by TheWhiteRock on Dec 18, 2008

Although this is fiction, I learned more about 19th century America, especially the west, than I ever did from history books. It is really two stories in one: The narrator tells us about his life as a middle-aged man in a wheelchair, living alone, fighting to maintain his independence., while at the same time he is telling us about a book he is writing about his grandparents, who were among those involved with the earliest mining camps in America. It is the act of writing this book that keeps him sane. The characterizations of his grandparents and their children are fascinating, as they move from mining camp to mining camp, living under wild and primitive conditions, building America.

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greebs

THE Great American Novel

by greebs on Apr 23, 2008

I have bad news for aspiring writers...the great American novel has already been written. Wallace Stegner is perennially under rated, but no one should miss this sweeping story of a modern man and his ancestors who helped settle the West. It's simply brilliant - each page has language that is stunning in its simple elegance and the story is truly amazing. I can't recommend this book enough.

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