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Angle of Repose Reader’s Guide

Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. In her youth, Susan Burling the character based on Mary Hallock Foote was a promising writer and artist connected with some of the leading lights in New York culture. He would much better like that his father wrote about: It is like someone reflecting back over their life even before they have lived it.

The novel opens as retired historian, Larry Ward, is setting about writing an account of his grandparents’ lives and failed marriage. The writing is crisp, descriptive and evocative but oh, so sad.

How does each woman represent her own era? It’s waloace over his grandmother’s life that starts him to bring his kf into the equation, with a grown son who he may not see often, an ex-wife who he definitely does not want to see and little in the way of friends apart from those who help him around the house he is quite a lonely person where it seems looking into the past is his only way to find solace.

Is Lyman Ward a reliable narrator? Stegner did this to me with the lack of editing in ‘Angle of Repose’ ; it made me want to throw the book from utter boredom at times, but also engage myself so “A writer wallade an organism that will go on writing even after its heart has been cut out.

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Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Another quote addresses the same revisionist and reppse writing of history that Lyman feels the need to correct. These hosts of disappointments and unfulfilled goals culminate in a tragic incident that forever changes Oliver and Susan wallxce and with its ripple effect, it is even perceptible in their grandson, the narrator. Fairyland, a storybook country of antique courtesy and feudal grandeur, with a passionate concentration of the picturesque on which Susan Ward throve.


Some of the loveliest writing centered on the challenging landscape on the Wards’ sojourn in the West. Slanted walls of dirt are left at the angle of repose after the canal is built. This book started out great, but quickly got repetitive for me.

Lyman’s position in the contemporary culture of the late sixties provides another historical dimension to the story. One is that it was the home of intractable self-reliance amounting to anarchy, whereas in fact large parts of it were owned by Eastern and foreign capital and run by iron-fisted bosses.

For me, it took a while for this novel to reach a certain momentum as the author introduces the reader to the narrator, Lyman Ward. New Almaden Unending summer. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. None of these modest goals were ever won by Oliver Ward.

Some of his best known books include The Angle of Repose awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and voted by readers of the San Francisco Chronicle the number one novel written about the American WestThe Big Rock Candy MountainThe Spectator Bird and Beyond the Hundredth Meridian – the latter a biography of the naturalist John Wesley Powella multifaceted man known for the expedition he led into the Southwest, a cartographic and scientific endeavor which included a raft trip down the Colorado River, the first documented passage by non-Native Americans through the Grand Canyon.

The book is beautifully written and thought provoking. What is striking in the early stages is the experience of seeing the west through eastern eyes where Susan is horrified at the lack of any culture and order who discovers a land of dirt, dust and immense heat that make up a hostile and unforgiving place to try and settle where the terrain is a character in it’s own right this Stegner does impeccablyeventually she does start to appreciate the raw and rugged beauty of her surroundings but with Oliver gone most of the time Susan is often left on her own and throughout their married life she often defines herself with life back east.


But in this novel, Stegner applies the term to people as well.

There is perhaps something of the lyrical, or the Romantic, in his evocation of landscape and steggner love of the Oof but it never becomes overbearing. Apr 09, Beth rated it it was amazing. Injust married, she followed her husband, reluctantly, to the American West; however, once there she found herself fascinated with the people and places she saw, and soon became something of a literary and artistic darling to those in the East who celebrated such things.

The novel is a long one, and the pace is often crawling like a snail though minute details of everyday life events and concerns, but I was fascinated by the glimpse into the early days of mercury mining at Almaden and silver at Leadville or in Mexico, about the struggle to bring water to the quasy desert lands of Idaho.

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In opening his eyes to his grandfather’s feet of clay, Lyman may be able to avoid the same mistake and take back Ellen. The narrator, a retired historian suffering from degenerative arthritis, attempts to distract himself from the unpleasantness of his present by writing a biography of his grandparents.

Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: Oct 12, Jonathan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Suddenly around chapter 5, she starts saying “thee” for no apparent reason and most often reverts to plain ol’ repse.

His descriptions are revealing in od way that cuts to the heart of both his external and his internal subject matter.

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