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Angle of Repose (1971)

de Wallace Stegner

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Wallace Stegner's uniquely American classic centers on Lyman Ward, a noted historian who relates a fictionalized biography of his pioneer grandparents at a time when he has become estranged from his own family. Through a combination of research, memory, and exaggeration, Ward voices ideas concerning the relationship between history and the present, art and life, parents and children, husbands and wives. Like other great quests in literature, Lyman Ward's investigation leads him deep into the dark shadows of his own life. The result is a deeply moving novel that, through the prism of one family, illuminates the American present against the fascinating background of its past. Set in many parts of the West, Angle of Repose is a story of discovery--personal, historical, and geographical--that endures as Wallace Stegner's masterwork: an illumination of yesterday's reality that speaks to today's.… (més)
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Angle of Repose definitions wove into both Lyman Ward and his Grandparent's lives.

I carefully read the early chapters, then skimmed summaries of the rest - the plot and characters
were not compelling or intriguing. ( )
  m.belljackson | Jul 13, 2024 |
A modern historian writes a book about his grandparents in order to understand why their lives (and his) turned out the way they did. Beautiful book. ( )
  adamhindman | May 1, 2024 |
I enjoyed this, though I wonder whether like his protagonist, he has to rush the ending. He conveys well the hard life of his 19th century characters trying to make a living in the desserts and mountains of the West and Mexico, as well as the emotional complexities of human relationships. I think I enjoyed The Spectator Bird a little more. ( )
  breathslow | Jan 27, 2024 |
Not a five star but worthy of the Pulitzer. ( )
  everettroberts | Oct 20, 2023 |
An excellent read for most of the book. Stegner has fantastic prose and his use of metaphor is as good as anyone. I really liked the detailed look at late 19th century life in western America. By the end of the main part of the book I was tired of the whining from Susan Berlinger Ward. I appreciate she was creative and worked hard but she was way too self involved. Loved Oliver though. But the ending was just not good. Didn't like the way the ex-wife snuck in. ( )
  JBreedlove | Oct 13, 2023 |
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When frontier historians theorize about the uprooted, the lawless, the purseless, and the socially cut-off who settled the West, they are not talking about people like my grandmother. So much that was cherished and loved, women like her had to give up; and the more they gave it up, the more they carried it helplessly with them. It was a process like ionization: what was subtracted from one pole was added to the other. For that sort of pioneer, the West was not a new country being created, but an old one being reproduced...
...the “angle of repose,” which means the angle at which dirt and pebbles stop rolling.
What interests me in all these papers is not Susan Burling Ward the novelist and illustrator, and not Oliver Ward the engineer, and not the West they spent their lives in. What really interests me is how two such unlike particles clung together, and under what strains, rolling downhill into their future until they reached the angle of repose where I knew them. That’s where the interest is. That's where the meaning will be if I find any.
Remember the one who wanted to know where you learned to handle so casually a technical term like “angle of repose”. I suppose you replied, “By living with an engineer,” but you were too alert to the figurative possibilities of words not to see the phrase as descriptive of human as well as detrital rest. As you said, it was too good for mere dirt; you tried to apply it to your own wandering and uneasy life. ... I wonder if you ever reached it. There was a time up there in Idaho when everything was wrong; your husband's career, your marriage, your sense of yourself, your confidence, all came unglued together. Did you come down out of that into some restful 30 degree angle and live happily ever after? … We shared this house all the years of my childhood, and a good many summers afterward. Was the quiet I always felt in you really repose?
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