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Wings Great Reads: Angle of Repose Hardcover – Jun 1 1996


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing (June 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517184893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517184899
  • Shipping Weight: 789 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)

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This long, thoughtful novel about a retired historian who researches and writes about his pioneer grandparents garnered Stegner a Pulitzer Prize.
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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

“Masterful...Reading it is an experience to be treasured.”—Boston Globe

“Brilliant...Two stories, past and present, merge to produce what important fiction must: a sense of the enhancement of life.”—Los Angeles Times

“Cause for celebration...A superb novel with an amplitude of scale and richness of detail altogether uncommon in contemporary fiction.”—The Atlantic Monthly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Krichman on Dec 11 2002
Format: Paperback
Angle of repose, as defined in Stegner's Pulitzer Prize-winning work, is the angle of incline along a riverbed at which dirt and rocks will not slide. More profoundly, it serves as a permeating theme throughout this novel about an elderly amputee who is confined to a wheelchair but remains determined to pursue an independent and active existence. He is historian Lyman Ward, grandson of Susan and Oliver Ward, and through the prism of historical analysis he presents the lives of his grandparents. As he peruses his grandmother's letters to her best friend, we learn of Susan and Oliver's adventures and challenges as pioneers of America's frontier. Oliver, an engineer, dedicates himself first to mining and later to irrigation projects. Susan, an artist and writer, captures the rugged beauty of 19th century western America in her work, while struggling to maintain a marriage and a family under difficult conditions.
This novel, at its heart, is a work about personal endurance and self-discovery. As Lyman explores the hardships of his grandparents' life, he comes to learn more about his own ability to stand firm in the face of difficulty. Lyman's narrative voice is wise, objective, and admiring, at times reminiscent of Philip Roth's Nathan Zuckerman. Through this voice Stegner has managed to capture that elusive feel of what it means to be human and to truly live. His characters ring true in all their beauty and all their flaws. And his message is a powerful one - that life can be a sedentary existence or an active one, and that it is our decision how we react to the circumstances of our environment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Herriott on Nov. 22 2002
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I have far more books on my shelves than I've read. This one I have read, greedily. It is as seductive as reading old letters from an attic. And essentially that is what the main character, Lyman Ward (crippled by disease, seperated from his wife), is doing, taking the voluminous letters of his grandmother's roughshod and proud experience in the West, and forming some semblance of her life, and what it means to his (which he consider's essentially over . . .). There really are two stories here, and to toggle from one to the other (from the late 1800's to the 1970's) and to say such true things about people and America, is genius on the part of Stegner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Jasak on Oct. 29 2002
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Not since Clarissa walked onto her steps in "The Hours," have I immediately loved a character as I did Susan Ward. The life of Susan, as told by her grandson, starts out with much vibrance and excitement. But the parallel story of her grandson's life gives the story an edge- and a glimpse into why he is in pursuit of understanding (and documenting) his grandmother.
The conclusion of these lives (to which we are privy) is not simple nor cheap. But it does stand apart from the rest of the novel. And it does not offer comfort- but rather a glimpse into a set of lives that might be more real than we'd like to admit.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore on Nov. 19 2003
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One of Wallace Stegner's greatest peeves as a Western writer was the myth of the West that was promulgated in the bulk of the books about the region. The vast majority of Western novels and movies tended to perpetuate utter myths about the West, instead of grappling with the West itself. Perhaps no American writer knew the West as well as Stegner, not excepting his student Edward Abbey. An inveterate hiker and explorer, he camped or walked nearly every area in the West. He wrote innumerable books about the West and took time to visit every spot he wrote about. For instance, in writing of John Wesley Powell's trip down the Colorado, he retraced his route to gain the greatest possible grasp of what he saw. He traveled the trails that the Mormons and others took in relocating to the West. He was one of the few people to hike along Glen Canyon before Lake Powell consumed it. Moreover, he was raised in the West, spending his childhood on what remained on the frontier.
Given all this, I find it utterly astonishing that a couple of reviewers should have the impression that he does not know whereof he wrote. For instance, one reviewer wrote, "Bottom line: the West has a geography, and its denizens a temperament, that demands that we write and read about it in a way that does justice to the hard realities of life in a barren place." Why he would imagine that Stegner, who was intimately familiar with the geography, was one of its denizens, and knew first hand the hard realities of the place by spending his childhood in a variety of barren places, utterly baffles me. I suspect that it is because the book writes about the REAL West and not the West of the Imagination.
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I really wanted to love this book that my bookstore guru gave 5 stars. I don't think I'll ever NOT like a book I've chosen to read. Afterwards I still have that curious feeling that these characters are my friends and teachers and now I have to bid a sad farewell. But I didn't really LOVE these characters, but deeply had a respect for them...well except Augusta who annoyed me because I don't warm up to Eastern Society-types. Susan made me more understanding though. I got over my initial and recurring problem that I had personally with this book. I kept wanting it to be Michener's Centennial. I wanted MORE adventure and history at the locations Susan and Oliver dwelt in, but this was Stengner NOT Michener...and this has a wealth of great descriptive prose and simile that rivaled anything I'd read. So once I disciplined myself, the book seeped into me. It wasn't tedious, but steady. It read fast only a few times for me, mostly it was something to savor and liken to oneself. This revealed the treasure it contains thematically. I liked the 4-generations compared between the lines too. Usually disruptions in the flow of a novel's base story irritate me a bit, but this had an even inspiring effect. In my GREAT imagination, I found myself "writing" my own 4-generation story as I read. My Grandparents' role in shaping the west that was something not very Victorian in morality emerged, I confess... and we're continuing the saga some of us! This book will stir you to thinking long and seriously if you let it in. For that I ought to give it another star.
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