The novel tells the story of Lyman Ward, a retired professor of history and author of books about the Western frontier, who returns to his ancestral home in the Sierra Nevada. Wheelchair-bound with a crippling bone disease, Ward embarks nonetheless on a search to rediscover his grandmother, no long dead, who made her own journey to Grass Valley ...Read MoreThe novel tells the story of Lyman Ward, a retired professor of history and author of books about the Western frontier, who returns to his ancestral home in the Sierra Nevada. Wheelchair-bound with a crippling bone disease, Ward embarks nonetheless on a search to rediscover his grandmother, no long dead, who made her own journey to Grass Valley nearly a hundred years earlier.Read Less
Good. 1971 Hardcover. 569 p. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Shipped to over one million happy customers. Your purchase benefits world literacy!
Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
Good- No Jacket. Ex-Library. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Blue boards with blind-stamped wreath design on cover. Pencil point depression on front, top of spine cover is reinforced with black cloth tape. Usual library markings. 1" spilt in back board hinge at top. Text is clean with no markings.
Good in Poor jacket. Book. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Literary Guild Selection. Wet spot fading on front tan cloth. Marker stripe top edge. Long tears and chips on jacket. Bottom flap clipped. Price intact.
Good. 1972. Off-white boards with gilt lettering to front cover and spine. Book is in very good condition barring previous owner's signature on front free endpaper. Dust jacket is in accptable condition, with heavy shelfwear and numerous small tears. Literary Guild Selection book club edition.
Very good. Dust Jacket: Some storage wear, discoloration. Some creasing, small tears along the edges. Cover: Minor discoloration, in great condition. Text: No markings, clean text. Binding: Good, tight binding. ** WE SHIP DAILY (Mon-Fri) ** Free Tracking Information.
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.
Dec 18, 2008
1880's US history like you've never heard it!
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.
Apr 23, 2008
THE Great American Novel
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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