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Title: Angle of Repose
Authors: Stegner, Wallace
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 632
Year: 1971
Language: English
Description: Historian Lyman Ward finds the perfect project for his early retirement: writing the biography of his grandparents Susan and Oliver Ward, pioneers of the American West. As Lyman carefully excavates their relationship and challenges, his own life and marriage in California are also laid bare.

Beautiful natural imagery, complex characters and the rich detail of American history come together in this literary treasure, a Pulitzer prize winning novel as deeply satisfying today as it was when it was first published in 1971. [Big read}
Categories: Fiction, Big Read, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Family Saga, Historical, Letters/Diaries, Love story, Morals/Ethics, Relationships, Social commentary/perspectives, America, 2018 Titles

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By: WELL 041 2018-09-14 10:24:08
3.5 
Did we enjoy this book? Many did not. Even though a Pulitzer Prize winner, we all felt it very wordy and didn't like Lyman Ward, and felt his story intruded on the interesting and fascinating story of Susan and and Oliver Ward. Based on Mary Hallock Foote and her husband Arthur, much of 'Angle of Repose' is vastly different to their actual lives - we all found the Foote history fascinating. We did appreciate our computers in this search.

By: MILT 002 2018-09-14 10:18:40
3 
Most thought the book was too long, but members enjoyed some of the descriptive language. We had a good discussion based on the questions.

By: MARTIN 001 2018-07-23 13:20:38
3.5 
Most people couldn't finish it as it was too dense and too long. The few that finished it loved it. All thought that Stegner described places very well.

By: WAIHEK 001 2018-07-23 13:19:17
4.5 
This book generated a longer discussion than any other book the group has read to date. It's a big read, but well worthwhile as it pulls you in. The characters are well drawn and the landscape described in such a way that it brings it alive. From daunting to dusty and everything in between, the journeys between East and West gave the reader a real sense of the vast distances travelled, and how long it took in the late 1800s to get from one place to another. The group also had interesting discussions around the subjects of love, loyalty, attraction and betrayal....

By: AUCK 050 2018-07-23 13:11:49
4.5 
We loved this book. It contained quality writing with captivating language and provided a unique view of settling in the west of the United States. Our only criticism is that it was such a big, heavy read that we really needed 2 months to get through it. The author was skilled at sculpting several different personalities in highly believable characters. Thoroughly recommended.

 
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