©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)
Great story that is extremely well written and narrated. It gave a significant emotional reaction and the characters were extremely well developed.
It is easy to gush over books, harder to criticize, and harder yet to carefully give a peek into a story without causing ruin.
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.
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.
This is a story about death and decay. I'm too old to listen to it and gave up after 1/2 hour.
Absolutely! The story of the Langs and the Morgans... their strong friendship, through the ups and downs of life. Good job, Mr. Stegner!
His dialogue scenes were difficult to track who is speaking. With a book so heavily reliant on it, Mr. Poe could have differentiated voices better.
Yes! I wanted to know what happened to the Langs and Morgans. Good book, quietly unassuming, and captivating.
This is not my favorite Stegner book... that is reserved for the Big Rock Candy Mountain... but this is solidly captivating.
A librarian who loves to read, whether in print or in the air
Another review that I read said that this book was like "the Anti-Gatsby" - nothing really out of the ordinary happens except the development of a lifelong friendship between two married couples. A story richly told of lives well-lived, this book is a lovely portrait of how friendships are formed and kept over the course of a lifetime.
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