I have worked so hard for so long that I've had very little time to read. Enter iPhone4; now an earbud has cut driving time while I enjoy!!!
A wonderful piece of American History done here in a character study of an imperfect man and the woman who loved him. A scant 80 to 100 years ago life was fraught with unspeakable hardships. This is a very interesting, thoughtful and engaging tale of a family doing what they must to endure in the hard life of the American Northwest.
I recommend this book very highly; you will not be able to put it down.
Bramhall's narration did a fantastic job of capturing many distinct personalities - men,women and children alike.
An academic who listens to novels on runs and commutes to campus.
Wallace Stegner confronts the family dynamic in this book, asking the reader to consider how much family impacts day-to-day actions and character. This story revolves around the Mason family, as the family seeks security during the Prohibition and Great Depression in the Western US and Canada. The story dragged during the beginning stages, as there was an awkwardness in the narrative when the children were still young. Bruce, the youngest child, was a difficult youth, and the sections that dealt with his troubles dragged down the story. But once Bruce became an adult, independent from his father, his confidence allowed him to engage in the family dynamic in a more interesting and substantial manner.
Audible make my long commute so enjoyable! I love historical fiction, Nora Roberts, and any science related audibles (not enough of those).
YES!@ The description of nature and people in this book can be felt so much that you are there looking right at them. The young boys in the novel are anything but the real thing... there thoughts and statements.. It brougth me back to so many of my thoughts as a child.. and watching others. I love it!
They are all so good.
The description of the taste and feel of the countryside is excellent. I am there and brings me back to the times when I have been out in the woods... looking out at snow.. or looking into the dark of night.
A big surprize to me.. I could not stop listening!
The Grapes of Wrath
Families dealing with adversity. The father Bo Mason engenders empathy although he is the catalyst for his wife and son's misfortunes. Bo is also a victim of the times.
Great voice that suits the themes and environment portrayed
Epic tale of flawed characters of the American West in the early 20th century
A wonderful story,expertly told & written with characters that you really know bceause they are so well depicted. My first Stegner book & what a remarkable find- this man really knows how to write a compelling story.
Loves a good book
Haven't read the book - discovering Stegner rather late in life via my son. Heard short story on NPR and fascinated by it. I feel that Mr. Bramhall brings so much to his reading; characters live. I'd never say that about a movie vs a book read. I look forward to either reading (favorite thing to do) all of Stegner or listening while I quilt.
Elsa is formidable in her tenacity - in her choice to leave home against her family's wishes and in her determination to stay with Bo, no matter the personal cost. I have to remind myself that women of those times did not have the options open to women of today, so though much of her life was hardfought and a misery, she's heroic in her protection of those she loved. Bo - determined to grind out a living according to his own ideas and was, most of his life, pushing his personal boulder up a rugged mountain. Almost have to admire that.
I could hear the people clearly - woman, child or man. Thank you Mr. Bramhall
It was heartbreaking to realize this is autobiographical in many ways; to know most of this was Stegner's personal story. How dificult to write Bruce's first visit to the mortuary. Only someone who lived those moments could write exactly those words.
Very telling that Stegner's father's grave is unmarked.
Say something about yourself!
A performance with a shining brilliance, reflecting a story of beauty, pain and love, of the broad geography of the west and the struggle of the individual and the family. Worth every minute of words.
The story is based on Stegner's family settling in the West; it's beautiful writing and moving. Mark Bramhall's narration is note-perfect.
This book was beautifully written. I was a little worried about the length but it was entirely worth it. These characters are now a part of me....one of the best listens....