Angle of repose wallace stegner

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angle of repose wallace stegner

Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner

Wallace Stegners Pultizer Prize-winning novel 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 Americas western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than hes willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family.
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Angle of Repose

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Wallace Stegner's Pultizer Prize-winning novel 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. Last edited by Clean Up Bot.

As Lyman focuses his writing, he discovers that he is writing about a marriage. This study of the past enlightens us on the struggles and joys of marriage. However, Lyman cannot forgive. His response is anger and hate. As their passion increases, they spend more time together.

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Susan Burling Ward is refined, educated, and strong-willed. Susan eventually finds herself able to appreciate the raw beauty of her new surroundings, and is even successful in building comfortable homes for her family. It is a theme we find in many of his novels, along with a passionate appreciation of the western landscape. The terrain becomes a character in its own right, deserving of fear and respect, forcing its will on the people who carve their homes out of its resistant rock and soil. But we must not label Stegner merely a regional writer.

Fifty-eight year old Lyman Ward, the narrator of the story, is a retired historian, wheel chair bound with a painful bone disease. Estranged from his wife and bitter about his life, he makes a decision to return to his family home in Grass Valley, California, and write a biography about his grandmother, Susan Ward, who made her own trip west in the s. A mining engineer, he believed the West held unexplored opportunities, and he moves his family to different areas there in search of a good life as he tries to succeed in a rough environment. Susan Ward left a promising future in New York to follow her husband, fully expecting to someday return to the East and resume her art career. In the course of her journey, she and her family confront challenges and endure many hardships, as she becomes more and more disappointed with her life. The couple stays together for sixty years, although not always joyfully.

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