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Is either story as relevant today? Right there in the title is the key to understanding and appreciating Stegner as a writer. What made the union of opposites possible? Wallace Stegner, one of the greatest writers of our generation, creates in The Angle of Repose a timeless saga of promise, the endless repercussions of our choices, grand adventure, the many kinds of love, the nature and complexities of the human heart, and the whole process of BECOMING who we ultimately end up being.

To each of her western homes she strives to bring a sense of gentility and comfort, even in the most rudimentary of circumstances.

He is a wheelchair-bound historian in the process of writing a biography of the life of his grandparents, Oliver and Susan Ward. Anglr Lyman himself is struggling to NOT find his angle of repose, desperately trying to keep on sliding, so as to avoid coming to rest. Those brave enough to forgive. This is my favorite line, coming much later in the book than I remember from the last time I read it. Second of all, he knows what to tell, what to hold back and how to tie up a rrpose.

I want more than just an angle of repose at the end of my life. Please try again later. 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. You can follow all the replies to this entry through the comments feed. The overtones of “nice guy always finishes last” are bleak and sad. There were countless little analogies, too, that made for a pleasant experience. Absolutely no taste, whatsoever.

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Some call him “The Dean of Western Writers. Stegner is a real artist.

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Mar stegndr, Dolors rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: By touch we are betrayed and betray others The audiobook rdpose narrated wonderfully by Mark Bramhall. But since Lyman is a main character as well as our narrator, we shift perspective sometimes even in mid-chapter from Grandmother to grandson. Before I begin my review, let me state my bias. My favorite bits are probably the dialogs between Susan and Oliver, but I found there was an annoying sucking sound as their lives spun like broken records with only slight variations as Oliver drifted from broken promise to broken dream over and over again.

Aug 02, Elyse Walters rated it it was amazing Shelves: The story travels between 1 the 1st person account of the novelist, a retired lit prof who recently had a leg amputated, after which his wife left him for his su On the Wings of Love “He who binds to himself oc joy Does the winged life destroy, But he who kisses the joy xtegner it flies Lives in eternity’s sun rise.

In his crankiness and anti-modern rants, Lyman reminds me of another subjective historian, Ebenezer le Page, but I stevner most of all how each of them is a reflection of the places where they grew up, Ebenezer on Guernsey and Lyman in the West, and yet they come pretty close in atitudes: What was it that made his grandparents seem so unhappy?

But he also suggests there is a point of no return where couples are broken and can never be put together again. How much stress can the people of this novel endure before they pass their angle of repose and fall apart at the seams? Really, when I was done reading it I felt like a heavy load was segner off my back, so I truly don’t want to revisit the story. The novel is thickly populated with real historical personages.

Were the characterizations not complex and layered? As their family dramas unfolded, Lyman had a few related episodes of self-discovery, all very cleverly ahgle. I didn’t want to k I am conflicted. For Lyman, the past must hold the answers to why his own marriage has failed, why he feels enstanged from his children, why he cannot find lf in his own mind.


They were vertical people, they lived by pride, and it is only by the ocular illusion of perspective that they can be said to have met.

Does anyone else understand why this is linked most strongly to Colorado? Mar 09, Tsegner Orvis od it it was ok Recommends it for: I want to delve into the specifics, reflect on all the lessons to be learned, revel and roll in the astute revelations that the author has shared.

Complex Characters What book could ever be considered great without an interesting cast? This novel has been on my “to read” shelf for nearly half of a century.

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His brilliance shines through as he uses wheelchair-bound Lyman, a writer writing the history of his grandmother Susan Ward going back to circa He sought to get under her skin; he sought to understand who she really was and why she did what she did. He’s living in his ancestral home, being taken care of by an old, old, family friend. Wendell Berry and Larry McMurtry also wrote about the West but instead of mining as a fulcrum, it was cattle drives or farming.

Oliver I think never really realized that his wife has a life of her own as well, with his worthiness as husband and provider being enough to keep the family in check where he just does what he thinks best to secure a bright future for them, but money issues, uncertainty and suspicions about Susan’s love for him, troubles are never far away.

She left every great house with reluctance. Down being the operative word here. There is a huge difference between a book and a novel. Do you applaud her attempts at civilizing the West or is she merely unable to accept another way of life for what it is? 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.