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At this angle, the material on the slope face is on the verge of syegner. If you use material from this blog, please give proper credit to the author. 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.

How did her years in the West shape her character? This book is packed with combustible relose, that spark and hiss and finally fly apart in a deafening explosion of emotional release. It won the Putlizer Prize in On the Wings of Love “He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy, But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity’s sun rise.

Oliver not so much interested in making a fortune as in making a mark, a contribution to the development of the West, a contribution for which he would be remunerated only fairly, and a contribution which would be acknowledged by others. It turned out to be a key question. He also creates a vivid sense of place in his descriptions of the 19th century American West. It is a theme we find in many of his novels, along with a passionate appreciation of the western landscape. The lady died many years before Stegner ang,e born, and he doesn’t ever even imply that the words are his own.


For anyone innocent of Stegner’s gorgeous word-edifices, this is an excellent place to become acquainted with him. History Lovers who seek depression. There is not a tree, nothing but sage. I was angry with Wallace Stegner.

There is perhaps something of the lyrical, or the Romantic, in his evocation of landscape and his love of the West but it never becomes overbearing. The son of Scandinavian immigrants, he traveled with his parents and brother all over the West—to North Dakota, Washington, Saskatchewan, Montana, and Wyoming—before settling in Salt Lake City in This is probably the finest account I have ever read about the awakening of the West. Wendell Berry and Larry McMurtry also wrote about the West but instead of mining as a fulcrum, it was cattle drives or farming.

Simply because I wasn’t settled with the way the relationships in the book resolved does not mean I can not give credit to the author for a masterpiece. Retrieved from ” https: Ultimately, he is asking what their lives say about how one should live life. View all 5 comments. Crossing to Safety remains my favorite. Stegner’s use of Mary Hallock Foote ‘s historical letters gives the novel’s locations— Grass ValleyLeadvilleNew AlmadenIdahoand Mexico —an authentic feel; the letters also add vividness to the Wards’ struggles with the environment, shady businessmen, and politicians.

It is realism, of course, and as unfashionable as that remains is almost defiantly un-postmodern. Stegner unraveled the ties that sustained a marriage of a seemingly incompatible couple.

Angle of Repose Reader’s Guide

This is a book of fiction, but it’s like a biography, history, and psychology all rolled into one eloquently written story. Anle eyes were fixed on the framed view of mesa, black hills, saffron sky. She created what culture she could in mining towns, and had become known for her illustrations and magazine articles about life in the West.

If you want an entertaining page turning story, this is probably not the book for you. As befits a stefner ten inclusion, here are ten factors that come to mind. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone.


In all his guises as narrator, as Lyman, as SusanStegner writes wonderfully about the landscapes of their travels. Jul 15, Richard Derus rated it it was amazing.

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner – Reading Guide – : Books

Were the characterizations not complex and layered? What made the union of opposites possible? Suddenly around chapter 5, she starts saying “thee” for no apparent reason and most often reverts to plain ol’ “you”. There was searching clarity that threw private leanings and longings into relief and made the reading experience intimately rich and satisfying.

As moonlight unto sunlight is that desert sage to other greens. I just coul I read this book based largely on the Goodreads reviews. His candle-power shines brightly on every page.

I was gasping from the injustice, the cross-purposes, the lack of communication and the sorrow of characters wanting the wrong things. The novel is thickly populated with real historical personages. I didn’t want to k I am conflicted. The middle story was the rounding flat in the side gulch where a spring broke out and where their buildings and garden were.

It really slowed down my reading pace Here we see even Lyman rather cavalierly discarding as useless all kinds of material that historians trained in different later schools of historiography would readily and eagerly incorporate into their accounts of pioneer life.

The fictional character that is a version of Mary Hallock Foote. Jul 06, Michael Finocchiaro rated it liked it Shelves: Only the very lucky discover the keystone.