©2002 Wallace Earle Stegner; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"This is a wonderfully rich, warm, and affecting book." (Library Journal)
"It's deceptively simple: two bright young couples meet during the Depression and form an instant and lifelong friendship. "How do you make a book that anyone will read out of lives as quiet as these?" Larry Morgan, a successful novelist and the narrator of the story, poses that question many years after he and his wife, Sally, have befriended the vibrant, wealthy, and often troubled Sid and Charity Lang. "Where is the high life, the conspicuous waste, the violence, the kinky sex, the death wish?" It's not here. What is here is just as fascinating, just as compelling, as touching, and as tragic." (Amazon.com review)
This is a story about death and decay. I'm too old to listen to it and gave up after 1/2 hour.
Love a great book that stays with you long after you've finished it.
Skip this one. Yes it is well written & considered a classic but that doesn't make it an interesting read. I usually finish a book in 4 days, this one took 2 weeks. Choose another.
My mind is linear, without patience. Who studies the history of yellow? I love a story & wonder who ate the first tomato. I bet it was my
There are no shocking sex scenes and no great excapes from the law, but the depth of friendship and marital love was well captured in Crossing to Safety.
I will not over-sell the book - while I felt good after reading it, it is not for everybody. I liked it. I want to be like the men in this book. I long for true intimacy with my wife the way both couples in the book have it. The women had the courage to face life with no fear. The book is for mature readers who want to live their lives without fear.
You can share this book with anyone with confidence.
After hearing of this book for years, I finally listened to it. I am a richer person for having done so. This story is a gem, touching all the far reaches of my heart. I KNOW these characters and love each of them. It breaks my heart to have it end and lifts me with its magic.
Wallace Stegner's insightful look at life, and death, is a delight. Beautifully narrated, a joy to listen to.
Say something about yourself!
dull, dull, dull. I just couldn't care about these self-centered academics. The closest they got to lifting their eyes from their own navels was to gaze at those of their friends.
I found this book to be what other reviewers said - a satisfying and moving description of a life long friendship between two couples. But I also saw more: these couples had experiences and tragedies that changed and molded them in unique ways. How they reacted was really the heart of the story.
A writer writing a book about writing a book.
Poe made this poor book worth enduring to the end. Bless his heart for having to read it.
Just not an interesting storyline.
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