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Angle of Repose

Stegner, Wallace

(Book - 1992)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Angle of Repose
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Stegner's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is the story of four generations in the life of an American family. A wheelchair-bound retired historian embarks on a monumental quest: to come to know his grandparents, now long dead. The unfolding drama of the story of the American West sets the tone for Stegner's masterpiece. Four generations in the life of an American family are chronicled as retired historian Lyman Ward, confined to a wheelchair, decides to write his grandparent's history. The Pulitzer Prize-winning classic has been selected by the board of the Modern Library as one of the best hundred novels of the 20th century.

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Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Penguin Books, 1992
ISBN: 9780140169300
014016930X
9781101872765
Branch Call Number: FICTION STEGNER 1992
Characteristics: 569 p. ;,21 cm

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Four generations in the life of an American family are chronicled as retired historian Lyman Ward, confined to a wheelchair, decides to write his grandparent's history.

Four generations in the life of an American family are chronicled as retired historian Lyman Ward, confined to a wheelchair, decides to write his grandparent's history.

A deeply moving novel that, through the prism of one family, illuminates the American present against the fascinating background of our past Angle of Repose tells the story of Lyman Ward, a retired professor of history and author of books about the Western frontier, who returns to his ancestral h... Read More »


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May 13, 2014
  • st126 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of those books to be read slowly and savored. Stegner is a master.

Feb 02, 2014
  • mjbilsland rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Took a little bit of time to get into it, but after the first 100 pages, I did find it a great read. Then I read it again and loved it. It really grows on a person.

Jun 17, 2013
  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Stegner won a Pulitzer Prize in 1972 for his novel about a retired historian who researches and writes about his pioneer grandparents and the American West. A slow moving story that seamlessly weaves the past and the present as the professor confronts his own history and failed marriage. A book to be slowly savored, from one of America’s finest novelists.

Mar 01, 2013
  • j_wilson22 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Kind of boring

It has been a while since a book has made me tear up; but, this one did. One of the better novels that I have read. Well worth it.

Aug 02, 2012
  • rab1953 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A really interesting portrait of life in the early years of the American West. Susan and Oliver are interesting characters with diverse, complex motives. Sometimes you want to give one or other of them a shake and say Smarten up, but you know it's how they are, and they are not going to change. (Much like real people I know.) The contemporary historian looking at their lives adds another element, as he shares some of the patterns of their lives, and perhaps learns from them in dealing with his own troubling relationships. (Though it's a bit odd to look back on a conservative 1971 view of the social changes taking place in the USA of the 1960s and '70s.) Very engrossing and illuminating.

Feb 09, 2012
  • PrairieStar rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is one of my all-time favorite books read about 30 years ago!

May 02, 2011
  • photogrrlkp rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Spectacular, beautifully written story of redemption, forgiveness, and learning from your ancestor's mistakes. Very moving, I would recommend this book to anyone.

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