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Angle of Repose (Penguin Classics)

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ISBN13: 9780141185477
ISBN10: 0141185473
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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 home of Grass Valley, California, in the Sierra Nevada. Wheelchair-bound with a crippling bone disease and dependent on others for his every need, Ward is nonetheless embarking on a search of monumental proportions — to rediscover his grandmother, now long dead, who made her own journey to Grass Valley nearly a hundred years earlier. Like other great quests in literature, Lyman Ward's investigation leads him deep into the dark shadows of his own life.

Review:

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

Review:

"Masterful....Reading it is an experience to be treasured." The Boston Globe

Review:

"Cause for celebration....A superb novel with an amplitude of scale and richenss of detail altogether uncommon in contemporary fiction." The Atlantic Monthly

Review:

"A fine novel, engrossing and mature...for when all is said individual lives are very much like bits of detritus, rolling down from the high places of stress and emotion until they reach that place where the tumpling and falling stops and they find their angle of repose. To chronicle this movement as well as this novel does is high art — and first-rate writing." San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle

Synopsis:

Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. Through the prism of one family, this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel illuminates the American present against the fascinating background of its past.

Synopsis:

Stegners Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of personal, historical, and geographic discovery

 

Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family.

 

"Cause for celebration . . . A superb novel with an amplitude of scale and richness of detail altogether uncommon in contemporary fiction." —The Atlantic Monthly

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

 

This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by Jackson J. Benson.

Synopsis:

Wallace Stegner's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a story of discovery--personal, historical, and geographical. Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family.

About the Author

Wallace Stegner (1903 – 1993) was the author of many books of fiction and non-fiction, including the National Book Award-winning The Spectator Bird (1976) and Crossing to Safety. Angle of Repose won the Pulitzer Prize in 1971.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Jackson J. Benson

Introduction
Suggestions for Further Reading
Part I: Grass Valley
Part II: New Almaden
Part III: Santa Cruz
Part IV: Leadville
Part V: Michoacán
Part VI: On the Bough
Part VII: The Canyon
Part VIII: The Mesa
Part IX: The Zodiac Cottage

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lkrochon, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by lkrochon)
Excellent book, leaves you with a lot to think about. Makes you think about your family history and how it effects your life and beliefs.
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chrispugliese, November 25, 2012 (view all comments by chrispugliese)
This is a fantastic read, the story of a physically disabled man, learning to take help from others, while at the same time, researching his family history and uncovering a devastating story of love and tragedy. I was completely absorbed by this book and can't recommend it enough. It is beautifully written, compassionate, and so very interesting on many levels.
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caboodle, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by caboodle)
It steps on your heart, mixing the old with the new,
until your heart wants to explode, then last but
not least, a spark of human hope?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780141185477
Author:
Stegner, Wallace
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Introduction by:
Benson, Jackson J.
Introduction:
Benson, Jackson J.
Author:
Stegner, Wallace Earle
Author:
Benson, Jackson J.
Location:
New York
Subject:
California
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Grandparents
Subject:
Aged
Subject:
Adultery
Subject:
Married people
Subject:
Physically handicapped
Subject:
Historians
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
People with disabilities
Subject:
Older people
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
no. AU-ARI-92-8
Publication Date:
20001231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
7.81x5.11x1.09 in. .93 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 592 pages Penguin Books - English 9780141185477 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Brilliant....Two stories, past and present, merge to produce what important fiction must: a sense of the enhancement of life."
"Review" by , "Masterful....Reading it is an experience to be treasured."
"Review" by , "Cause for celebration....A superb novel with an amplitude of scale and richenss of detail altogether uncommon in contemporary fiction."
"Review" by , "A fine novel, engrossing and mature...for when all is said individual lives are very much like bits of detritus, rolling down from the high places of stress and emotion until they reach that place where the tumpling and falling stops and they find their angle of repose. To chronicle this movement as well as this novel does is high art — and first-rate writing."
"Synopsis" by , Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. Through the prism of one family, this Pulitzer Prize-winning novel illuminates the American present against the fascinating background of its past.
"Synopsis" by ,
Stegners Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of personal, historical, and geographic discovery

 

Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family.

 

"Cause for celebration . . . A superb novel with an amplitude of scale and richness of detail altogether uncommon in contemporary fiction." —The Atlantic Monthly

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

 

This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by Jackson J. Benson.

"Synopsis" by ,
Wallace Stegner's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a story of discovery--personal, historical, and geographical. Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family.
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