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Angle of Repose (Modern Library)
Angle of Repose - Modern Library
Author: Wallace Stegner
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize when it was first published in 1971, Angle of Repose has also been selected by the editorial board of the Modern Library as one of the hundred best novels of the twentieth century. —          — Wallace Stegner's uniquely American classic centers on Lyman Ward, a noted historian w...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780679603382
ISBN-10: 0679603387
Publication Date: 4/18/2000
Pages: 656
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Modern Library
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 8
this could possibly be the best written book i have ever read! it won the Pulitzer in the early 70's and ambles along telling its story taking its time as a storyteller in the old west would do.
a historian who is confined to a wheelchair decides to write the history of his grandparents who were some of the first people to settle the west. it is about the ups and downs of mining,marriage,family and the time out on the plains.
a must read for those who love historical fiction that is genuine and wonderful
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Helpful Score: 6
Hard to get into at first, but then it carried me along on a journey that brought about introspection as well as entertainment. Highly recommend for those who enjoy classic literature.
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Helpful Score: 6
One of the very few books that I've read twice. A wonderful story of a family on the Western frontier, told by a master. Wallace Stegner was a brilliant writer. Anyone would enjoy this book, winner of the 1972 Pulitzer Prize.
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Helpful Score: 5
Read this book. Stunningly beautiful writing, vivid imagery and characters you can't help but invest in. Wallace Stegner won the Pulitzer for this book.

I had been hearing high recommendations for Angle of repose for more than a year before I finally decided to read it. What held me back? The misconception that Wallace Stegner, being a contemporary writer that loved writing about the the West, wrote 'Westerns'. I love many genres, but Westerns do not hold my interest so I do not choose to read them.

But I couldn't have been more misinformed. Wallace Stegner loves to place his stories in the West that he grew up in, but they are most definitely not 'Westerns' of the Cowboy/Indian/Wild West variety. You will be hard-pressed to find a more hauntingly eloquent writer, more universal themes, and more vividly life-like characters.
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As old as I am, I believe this is the first time I have ever read a Pulitzer Prize winning book. I may have read another in the far distant past, but if I did, I certainly don't remember it like I will remember this book. It is a story that kept me spell-bound and I would recommend it as highly as I can. You will be drawn in by the author and kept on the brink throughout the entire read. I can't say enough good things about this book and am looking forward to reading more by Wallace Stegner. What a great author.
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Stegner is one of the best prose stylists I've come across in a long time. It's hard to express how lucid and elegant his writing is, and how solid and down-to-earth. It has remarkable depth, and gives the impression that each word was carefully chosen, even though it flows as easily and naturally as breathing and is a sheer pleasure to read.

However, the lovely prose told a story that I found vaguely disappointing. With its origins in a real-life pioneer woman's experiences, it is certainly well told and believable, and neatly weaves together past and present. The characters and events are well-drawn and interesting too, to a point. The story simply goes on too long, crammed with excessive detail and unneeded repetition. After a while, even as I enjoyed the way the tale was expressed, I felt that I had learned all I needed or wanted to know about these people and their lives.