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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner. Wallace Stegner’s Pultizer 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 tha Wallace Stegner’s Pultizer Prize-winning novel is a story of discovery—personal, historical, and geographical. 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. Paperbackpages. Published May 28th by Penguin first published Pulitzer Prize for Fiction To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Angle of Stegnreplease sign up. This book was recommended to me as a selection from Colorado. Although some of the book was set in Leadville, I think it more representative of Idaho where the story ends up.
Does anyone else understand why this is linked most strongly to Colorado?
Deborah I think that the chapters on Leadville were among the most powerful in the book, mostly due to its exquisite description of the land and the mines at …more I think that the chapters on Leadville were among the most powerful in the book, mostly due to its exquisite description of the land and the mines at that time in history. The Leadville mine in particular played a significant role in mining history. The book actually ends in Grass Valley, Ca. I think of the Idaho part as the more emotional part of their marriage, and the Leadville as a gripping description of what the land was really like.
The Leadville writing is what stayed with me most, and and I have read it twice. I hope you liked the book. It is based on a true story of the artists life. This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [What happened at the end of the book? It doesnt seem to make sense. Seattle Al This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [ Lyman has a crazy dream involving his wife and Shelly, and when he awakens, he realizes that unless he forgives his wife and takes her back, he will …more Lyman has a crazy dream involving his wife and Shelly, and when he awakens, he realizes that unless he forgives his wife and takes her back, he will be forever locked in the same bitterness as his grandfather was.
What was heartbreaking to me about the end was Lyman’s realization that his idolized grandfather was not perfect. Oliver Ward was flawed in his unwillingness, or maybe inability, to accept Susan’s remorse. In opening his eyes to his grandfather’s feet of clay, Lyman may be able to avoid the same mistake and take back Ellen. See all 6 questions about Angle of Repose…. Lists with This Book. May 27, Jim Fonseca rated it it was amazing Shelves: Layered on the frontier story is the fictional story of the man writing it who turns these pioneers into his grandparents.
He has a local woman and her daughter help him bathe and dress, take dictation and type his story. Their family dramas provide us with at times humorous interludes to the main historical saga.
The daughter is a flower child from Berkeley and our old-fogey narrator spares no words in telling us what he thinks about that generation.
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The historical saga is mainly the true story of Mary Hallock Foote, child of a wealthy New York Quaker family, born in By marrying a young mining engineer headed west to make his fortune, Mary choose to leave her life of comfort and culture tied in with famous New York literary lights to go live in shacks in western towns where she was often the only educated woman for miles around.
It was as if she had gone to Mars. To keep her brain alive, she writes frequently to literary friends back east often without seeing them for years and we a learn a lot about her marriage, their family hardships and her financial struggles from these real letters.
As her husband struggles, often her income becomes the sole support of the family. Nothing went well; they always struggled financially and lost money on irrigation schemes.
Contrary to the myth, the West was not made entirely by pioneers who had thrown everything away but an ax and a gun. Towns are like people. Old ones have character, the new ones are interchangeable. Nevada City is in the process of changing from old to new. Yes, he had permission from the family to use her letters as historical background for the story. But he published many of her previously unpublished letters verbatim, making up a good portion of the book.
The letters were later published separately in a book titled A Victorian Gentlewoman in the Far West: The Reminiscences of Mary Hallock Foote. Deadwood, South Dakota from oldglorygunsmith.
Leadville, Colorado in from narrowgauge. Mary Hallock Foote sketched by her daughter from Wikipedia View all 51 comments. Dec 12, Steve rated it it was amazing. Fellow Goodreaders know that feeling of exhilaration when a new entrant pushes its way onto a top-ten-of-all-time list.
Of course, Goodreads reviewers also know the pressure involved in justifying the choice. So what makes this one so good? As befits a top ten inclusion, here are ten factors that come to mind. A Damn Good Story Lyman Ward is a former professor of history with a bone disease that put him in a wheelchai Fellow Goodreaders know that feeling of exhilaration when a new entrant pushes its way onto a top-ten-of-all-time list.
A Damn Good Story Lyman Ward is a former professor of history with a bone disease that put him in a wheelchair. She was an artist and later a writer transplanted from her genteel life in New York to be with her husband, the earnest engineer, out West.
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He specialized in big projects: His integrity prevented the material success he would have liked as a source of comfort for Susan. She created what culture she could in mining towns, and had become known for her illustrations and magazine articles about life in the West.
Stegner had permission to use real letters of a writer and painter from that era, lending the narrative an authentic voice.
As their family dramas unfolded, Lyman had a few related episodes of self-discovery, all very cleverly done. Complex Characters What book could ever be considered great without an interesting cast? Starting out, Lyman seemed like a stock character — the crusty recluse — but he becomes more central and more nuanced as the book goes on. The way we see his grandparents through his eyes tells us a lot about him.
To be honest, early in his narration I was put off by his invented dialog and false omniscience, but later, after he copped to this as a way to make them more real, I actually liked the device. All the characters, the ones on the periphery included, seemed very credible, with emotions that rang true and unexpected depths that only a first-rate writer could have imagined. Lyman, with his background in history, was a very knowledgeable narrator. He had remarkable tunnel vision literally, since his disease prevented him from turning his head trained on his subjects.
Conflict Clashes were easy to come by when the refined East civilized society met the rough-and-tumble West opportunity. Tightrope walks were performed between desire and moral responsibility, the practical and the romantic, and in the case of Lyman and a curvy young assistant, the stodgy academic and the free-spirited hippie. Was he more like his grandmother or grandfather? It turned out to be a key question. Institutions The give-and-take of a marriage was a central theme.
As Stegner himself said in a Paris Review interview: Susan is more talented in many ways than Oliver. She shows off better. But while I wrote that book, thinking that I was writing about her as a heroine, I came to the end of it thinking maybe he is the hero because there is a flaw in her, a flaw of snobbery. On top of this, Lyman reflected on his own former marriage.
Would he forgive his ex-wife for what she did to him?
Should he have done more to prevent it from happening in the first place? More good questions both for him and for us. There is another physical law stdgner teases me, too: The sound of anything coming at you — a train, say, or the future — has a higher pitch than the sound of the same thing going away.
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If you have perfect pitch and a head for mathematics you can compute the speed of the object by the interval between its arriving and departing sounds.
I have neither perfect pitch nor a head for mathematics, and anyway who wants to compute the speed of history? Antle all falling bodies, it constantly accelerates.
But I would like to hear your life as you heard it, coming at you, instead of hearing it as I do, a somber sound of expectations reduced, desires blunted, hopes deferred or abandoned, chances lost, defeats accepted, griefs borne.