shalene, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by shalene)
This is great storytelling that covers three generations of an American family. It is historical fiction and gritty and heartbreaking at times. You should read it.
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Kirk, August 17, 2012 (view all comments by Kirk)
My favorite book. As a genealogist, I appreciate how Lyman wanted to know more about his grandparents and how they lived and loved. Wallace Stegner took the story of Mary Foote and created a novel which spans a hundred years, three generations, and the cultural changes in America. A well-written and engrossing book.
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crusher, January 4, 2010 (view all comments by crusher)
great portrait of a marriage, and of the west of a hundred plus years ago. i haven't cared as much about what happened to a story's characters since the brothers karamazov.
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Night Editor, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Night Editor)
This is my vote for the best book I read in the last ten years. I read this 6 years ago just as I took a new job as editor at the Minnesota Historical Society Press; and now, as Press director, I read it again over Thanksgiving break--the end of a very long and trying 2009. A beautiful history of the West, an honest love story, an epic tribute to the American spirit.
time2pedal, May 22, 2009 (view all comments by time2pedal)
While moving this spring, I came across my copy of this book and pulled it out to re-read. It has been a welcome escape to settling our own "frontier," to read about the settling of the western frontier. It is written in a language as grand as the landscape it describes. Filled with memorable characters, including the land of the west described in details so minute they become indelibly part of your fiber. A must read (or re-read) for any citizen (or hopeful citizen) of the west.
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by Los Angeles Times,
"Brilliant....Two stories, past and present, merge to produce what important fiction must: a sense of the enhancement of life."
by The Boston Globe,
"Masterful....Reading it is an experience to be treasured."
by The Atlantic Monthly,
"Cause for celebration....A superb novel with an amplitude of scale and richenss of detail altogether uncommon in contemporary fiction."
by San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle,
"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."
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.
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.
Wallace Stegner's Pultizer 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.
Stegner's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel--the magnificent 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.
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