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Crossing to Safety (Modern Library Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780375759314
ISBN10: 037575931x
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Called a "magnificently crafted story...brimming with wisdom" by Howard Frank Mosher in The Washington Post Book World, Crossing to Safety has, since its publication in 1987, established itself as one of the greatest and most cherished American novels of the twentieth century. Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of two couples who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, it is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and marriage.

Review:

"Crossing to Safety must be the crowning achievement of Wallace Stegner's long and illustrious career as writer and teacher." Richmond Times Record News

Review:

"A magnificently crafted story of the remarkable friendship between the Langs and Morgans....A novel brimming with wisdom on subjects as diverse as writing for money, solid marriages, and academic promotion policies — with page after page of the superb descriptive writing that has been a hallmark of his work form the start and with a marvelous extended family of unforgettable major and minor characters." Howard Frank Mosher, The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Charity is one of the most vivid characters in fiction....[Stegner] is also superb at expressing a sense of place, and his intelligent voice makes cogent observations on American society in the decades of his setting. But most importantly, he speaks to us of universal questions, reflecting on 'the miserable failure of the law of nature to conform to the dream of man.' In doing so, he has created a believable human drama the dimensions of which reach out beyond the story's end and resonate in the reader's heart." Publishers Weekly

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"One of our greatest contemporary writers." The Washington Post

Review:

"A superb book....Mr. Stegner's success with this story lies precisely in the absence of all these currently popular subject matters and the presence of quiet reexamination of what, close to the end, seems to have made life not only worth living but happy and almost fulfilled. Mr. Stegner has built a convincing narrative, has made survival a grace rather than a grim necessity, and enduring, tried love the test and proof of a good life. Nothing in these lives is lost or wasted, suffereing becomes an enriching benediction, and life itself a luminous experience." Doris Grumbach, The New York Times Book Review

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Tracing the interlocking lives, loves, and aspirations of four lifelong friends who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, Stegner's 1987 masterpiece is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight.

About the Author

The winner of a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award, Wallace Stegner is the author of a dozen novels and as many works of nonfiction, including Angle of Repose, The Spectator Bird, and The Big Rock Candy Mountain. The founder and director of the graduate writing program at Stanford University, he spent much of his life in northern California and Vermont. He died in 1993.

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nlondon36, March 19, 2013 (view all comments by nlondon36)
This book has been on my reading list for years, but always passed over for newer titles. I've finally read it and am dazzled. The main characters are two couples who become friends in their youth and age through hardship and successes together. It sounds like a simple plot, and it is, but each scene is painted with exquisite care, and the depth of authentic feeling kept me reading late into the night until the last breathtaking scene.
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yooper, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by yooper)
Stegner gives us real people and makes us care about them as their lives unfold.
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sandihemming, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by sandihemming)
This was recommended to me on the Goodreads website. It was one of Mr. Stegner's last books. Thrillers, suspense, mysteries, messy relationships, fantasy magic, scifi, nonfiction, etc., can leave a void -- beautiful writing. I read it and was so moved by the beauty of the writing I read it again. I now have my own copy; on my "favorites" bookshelf. We forget in today's busy world that the beauty of writing is the point. Not the shock, awe, scare, depression. This was a simple story of two couples and their relationship as friends for many years. I once read a review of " To Kill A Mockingbird" that said simply, "no wasted words." This book was exactly that, probably more words than Mockingbird, but every one just right. True lovers of books and writing should not miss this one. Wallace Stegner was an incredibly talented user of words. I am now reading every book he has written; I don't want to miss any of his beautiful writing.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375759314
Afterword:
Watkins, T. H.
Introduction:
Williams, Terry Tempest
Introduction by:
Williams, Terry Tempest
Introduction:
Williams, Terry Tempest
Author:
Williams, Terry Tempest
Author:
Watkins, T. H.
Author:
Stegner, Wallace
Author:
Stegner, Wallace Earle
Afterword by:
Watkins, T. H.
Afterword:
Watkins, T. H.
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Vermont
Subject:
Novelists
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;friendship;novel;marriage;vermont;american;literature;20th century;academia;american literature;aging;polio;wisconsin;relationships;death;american west;classics;usa;couples;cancer;writing;classic;family;literary fiction;stegner;writers;america
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Series Volume:
22
Publication Date:
20020409
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.02x5.32x.78 in. .59 lbs.

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Product details 368 pages Modern Library - English 9780375759314 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Crossing to Safety must be the crowning achievement of Wallace Stegner's long and illustrious career as writer and teacher."
"Review" by , "A magnificently crafted story of the remarkable friendship between the Langs and Morgans....A novel brimming with wisdom on subjects as diverse as writing for money, solid marriages, and academic promotion policies — with page after page of the superb descriptive writing that has been a hallmark of his work form the start and with a marvelous extended family of unforgettable major and minor characters."
"Review" by , "Charity is one of the most vivid characters in fiction....[Stegner] is also superb at expressing a sense of place, and his intelligent voice makes cogent observations on American society in the decades of his setting. But most importantly, he speaks to us of universal questions, reflecting on 'the miserable failure of the law of nature to conform to the dream of man.' In doing so, he has created a believable human drama the dimensions of which reach out beyond the story's end and resonate in the reader's heart."
"Review" by , "One of our greatest contemporary writers."
"Review" by , "A superb book....Mr. Stegner's success with this story lies precisely in the absence of all these currently popular subject matters and the presence of quiet reexamination of what, close to the end, seems to have made life not only worth living but happy and almost fulfilled. Mr. Stegner has built a convincing narrative, has made survival a grace rather than a grim necessity, and enduring, tried love the test and proof of a good life. Nothing in these lives is lost or wasted, suffereing becomes an enriching benediction, and life itself a luminous experience."
"Synopsis" by , US
"Synopsis" by , Tracing the interlocking lives, loves, and aspirations of four lifelong friends who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, Stegner's 1987 masterpiece is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight.
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