Length: 557 pages
About: Two stories past and present
Style: 1st & 3rd person
When: 1870-80s & 1970
Is a story of discovery--personal, historical, and geographical. Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days
spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of
four generations in the life of an American family.
She guided her horse through willows and alders and runted birches, leaned and weaved until the brush ended and she broke into the open. She was at the edge of a meadow miles long, not a tree in
it except for the wriggling line that marked the course of the Lake Fork. Stirrup-high grass flowed and flawed in the wind, and its motion revealed and hid and revealed again streaks and splashes of
flowers-rust of paintbrush, blue of pentstemon, yellow of buttercups, scarlet of gilia, blue-tinged white of columbines. All around, rimming the valley, bare peaks patched with snow looked down from
above the scalloped curve of timberline.
Reading this new novel by Wallace Stegner is like watching the swallows return to Capistrano. Summer warmth and pleasant holidays lie ahead. 'Angle of Repose' will make for perfect summer reading.
It's a little too big for a rucksack, but it's worth shoehorning into any other kind of traveling bag. It's a long, relaxed and relaxing piece of work, not terribly demanding.
New York Times, Thomas Lask, 24th March 1971
Not so good:
...If there is anything annoying about this novel, it is that the two stories are constantly interrupting one another... You might also have reservations of a more general sort; the book is so
Paul Barber, Star News, Pasadena California 2nd May 1971
About the author
(February 18, 1909 - April 13, 1993) He was born in Lake Mills, Iowa and grew up in Great Falls, Montana, Salt Lake City, Utah and southern Saskatchewan. Stegner's novel Angle of Repose won the
Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1972, and was directly based on the letters of Mary Hallock Foote (later published as the memoir A Victorian Gentlewoman in the Far West). Stegner's use of uncredited
passages taken directly from Foote's letters caused a continuing controversy He died in Santa Fe, New Mexico, while visiting the city to give a lecture. His death was the result of injuries suffered
in an automobile accident on March 28, 1993. He is the father of nature writer Page Stegner.