Winner of the Pulitzer Prize when it was first published in 1971, Angle of Repose has also been selected by the editorial board of the Modern Library as one of the hundred best novels of the 20th century.
Wallace Stegner's uniquely American classic centers on Lyman Ward, a noted historian who relates a fictionalized biography of his pioneer grandparents at a time when he has become estranged from his own family. Through a combination of research, memory, and exaggeration, Ward voices ideas concerning the relationship between history and the present, art and life, parents and children, and husbands and wives. Like other great quests in literature, Lyman Ward's investigation leads him deep into the dark shadows of his own life. The result is a deeply moving novel that, through the prism of one family, illuminates the American present against the fascinating background of its past.
Set in many parts of the West, Angle of Repose is a story of discovery - personal, historical, and geographical - that endures as Wallace Stegner's masterwork: an illumination of yesterday's reality that speaks to today's.
©1971 Wallace Stegner; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"Brilliant....Two stories, past and present, merge to produce what important fiction must: a sense of the enhancement of life." (Los Angeles Times)
"Masterful...Reading it is an experience to be treasured." (Boston Globe)
I first read this book over 30 years ago. I appreciated Stegners' amazing way with words. I clearly didn't understand the story. Now I do, it is amazing.
I read the first 2 chapters and had trouble making any sense of the novel.
I have read many non-fiction books by Wallace Stegner which were all beautifully written, fascinating, and very informative. I had assumed that a novel by Stegner would be just as good. Alas, it was terrible.
Yes, I would read more books by Wallace Stegner BUT only NON-FICTION books!
Wallace Stegner is a master of non-fiction. I was deeply disappointed with his fiction at least ANGLE OF REPOSE which is judged by many to be his best novel.
I don't know how they hired this man to read a book primarily told about a woman in this horrendously terrible voice. Do men think women's voices sound like men with a cold? Gross. Ruined the book.
Wonderfully descriptive, but too slow. These life stories might be appreciated more in separate servings.
"Fabulous book story author and now with Audiobooks I enjoy the performance by s gifted performer. I will look up other books by"
Because the entire experience of being groped onto Sudan and Oliver Ward's world was challenging and spectacular thank you
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