Book Reviews of Crossing to Safety

Crossing to Safety
Crossing to Safety
Author: Wallace Stegner
ISBN-13: 9780375759314
ISBN-10: 037575931X
Publication Date: 4/9/2002
Pages: 368
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 49 ratings
Publisher: Modern Library
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
The story of a friendship between two couples. Joys, sorrows and adventures experty described.
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Helpful Score: 4
As with much of Stegner's work this is a magnificently told story of relationships and characters relationship with place.
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Helpful Score: 3
This a wonderful deep book about love and relationships written in a past time of positive outlooks and good people
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Helpful Score: 2
This book is why I love book club - I never would have picked this on my own, and I would have missed out on an absolute gem.

This is something of a "book about nothing." It is simply a love letter about friendship in all of its glory and its grief.

Stegner has a true gift for storytelling and character development. He can turn a phrase with the subtlety of a master and he is able to turn the mundane of life into something quietly profound.

This is a painfully beautiful story about a once-in-a-lifetime friendship between two couples that started during The Great Depression. It is both a book to treasure and a book to share. I'm so glad that I didn't miss out on this wonderful reading experience.
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Helpful Score: 2
"A grand, rich, beautifully written novel about a long, not always easy friendship between two couples.
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Helpful Score: 2
An elegant, beautifully written novel about a long friendship between two couples. I finished the book in awe of the author's wisdom on a diverse number of subjects, his rendering of unforgettable characters, and his masterly achievement of his craft.
This is the only book I've given five stars this year.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is lovely book about a young couple beginning in the Depression. He is an academic, and gets a job teaching in a small college in WI. There they meet a couple and become friends for life. The story concerns the friendship between the two couples, and how this friendship affects their lives.

Stegner is a wonderful writer, and you are really in the story with these characters. It really is about LIFE...all the ups and downs included.

I recommend this book for lovers of good literature, and a good story.
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Helpful Score: 1
I had never heard of this author and felt that I had discovered gold reading this very real and moving story of two couples and their friendship over many years. The writing is beautiful and strong and I found the story moving and deeply thought provoking.

I'm looking forward to reading more of Stegner's works.
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Helpful Score: 1
I could not stand being away from this book even for a few hours. I had read an excerpt from this book years ago, loved the author and put this book on my wishlist. Now that I have read the whole book, I am so glad I did. This author shares every gesture, facial expression, spoken word and behavior in the most actual and genuine way I have ever experienced while reading any book, past or present. I can't wait to "wishlist" more of his novels. I highly recommend you read this!
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This book is why I love book club - I never would have picked this on my own, and I would have missed out on an absolute gem.

This is something of a "book about nothing." It is simply a love letter about friendship in all of its glory and its grief.

Stegner has a true gift for storytelling and character development. He can turn a phrase with the subtlety of a master and he is able to turn the mundane of life into something quietly profound.

This is a painfully beautiful story about a once-in-a-lifetime friendship between two couples that started during The Great Depression. It is both a book to treasure and a book to share. I'm so glad that I didn't miss out on this wonderful reading experience.
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Fabulous story of the decades-long friendship between two couples. Wonderful writing.
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Wallace Stegner was a fantastic writer.
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My second Stegner novel (read Angle of Repose first) and can't wait to read my next one. He's such a good writer! His descriptions of people and places are so clear and perfect. He keeps my attention from beginning to end, and then I want more.
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Good story!
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A friend recommended this as a fave book and I hadn't ready any Wallace Stegner. He does an amazing job narrating life in its different circumstances, about those who are born to have life be easy for them and those who struggle with each day. It is an extended story about families, traditions and long-enduring friendship. I'll have to try another Stegner book.
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This is a heart warming story
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an intense character analysis and story of how complicated relationships can be.
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One of the best novels I have ever read. Poetical language, in-depth analysis of relationships.
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This book is a gift to everyone who is a friend or has a friend - basically everyone. It is the beautifully-written story of two couples who remain close despite changes in physical location and life-altering situations. Wallace Stegner writes of each couple's unfailing courtesy toward and compassion for the other in truly memorabe prose. The reader is able clearly to see each person individually, as part of a couple and as a member of their quartet. I truly hated to see this book end and I already look forward to reading it again and again.
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I hadn't read anything beyond Stegner's short stories and was pleasantly surprised that this novel holds up every bit as well as those. At first, I thought that part of his writing was a bit stilted or reserved, perhaps maybe even a little "beyond the grasp of the unacademic," but once I got into the flow, I revised this opinion. He did handle his women subjects well, something that I think a lot of male authors either over-do or under-do. The telling of the tale in remembrance form (flashback) was the only way to handle the story, in my opinion. All in all, I very much enjoyed the book and will look for another of his novels.
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Too kooky to suit my taste.
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A brilliant book on the friendships we wish for and the extent of the impact on our lives.
Simply brilliant.
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Story of the decades long friendship of two couples.
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This book is why I love book club - I never would have picked this on my own, and I would have missed out on an absolute gem.

This is something of a "book about nothing." It is simply a love letter about friendship in all of its glory and its grief.

Stegner has a true gift for storytelling and character development. He can turn a phrase with the subtlety of a master and he is able to turn the mundane of life into something quietly profound.

This is a painfully beautiful story about a once-in-a-lifetime friendship between two couples that started during The Great Depression. It is both a book to treasure and a book to share. I'm so glad that I didn't miss out on this wonderful reading experience.
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This book is why I love book club - I never would have picked this on my own, and I would have missed out on an absolute gem.

This is something of a "book about nothing." It is simply a love letter about friendship in all of its glory and its grief.

Stegner has a true gift for storytelling and character development. He can turn a phrase with the subtlety of a master and he is able to turn the mundane of life into something quietly profound.

This is a painfully beautiful story about a once-in-a-lifetime friendship between two couples that started during The Great Depression. It is both a book to treasure and a book to share. I'm so glad that I didn't miss out on this wonderful reading experience.
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A little sad, but well written
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Interesting story about 2 couples and their devotion to their spouses and each other. The writer gives good destriptions of the areas where the scenes take place. This book is slow going at times. The ladies in my book club really enjoyed it.
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This book is a gift to everyone who is a friend or has a friend - basically everyone. It is the beautifully-written story of two couples who remain close despite changes in physical location and life-altering situations. Wallace Stegner writes of each couple's unfailing courtesy toward and compassion for the other in truly memorabe prose. The reader is able clearly to see each person individually, as part of a couple and as a member of their quartet. I truly hated to see this book end and I already look forward to reading it again and again.
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This book is why I love book club - I never would have picked this on my own, and I would have missed out on an absolute gem.

This is something of a "book about nothing." It is simply a love letter about friendship in all of its glory and its grief.

Stegner has a true gift for storytelling and character development. He can turn a phrase with the subtlety of a master and he is able to turn the mundane of life into something quietly profound.

This is a painfully beautiful story about a once-in-a-lifetime friendship between two couples that started during The Great Depression. It is both a book to treasure and a book to share. I'm so glad that I didn't miss out on this wonderful reading experience.
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good character development
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Stegner was one of the great American writers of the 20th century.
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This book is why I love book club - I never would have picked this on my own, and I would have missed out on an absolute gem.

This is something of a "book about nothing." It is simply a love letter about friendship in all of its glory and its grief.

Stegner has a true gift for storytelling and character development. He can turn a phrase with the subtlety of a master and he is able to turn the mundane of life into something quietly profound.

This is a painfully beautiful story about a once-in-a-lifetime friendship between two couples that started during The Great Depression. It is both a book to treasure and a book to share. I'm so glad that I didn't miss out on this wonderful reading experience.
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"Crossing to Safety" is a work of great distinction. It is the semi-autobiographical story of a lifelong friendship between two academic couples. When I sat down to read this Wallace Stegner masterpiece, I would not have thought that the the unadorned lives of two couples who were young during the Depression years would hold my interest as to dod. However, I began to feel that I knew these individuals as if they were a members of my own family. I understood why they held to each other and what drew them apart. I understood all these things while having the privilege of reading glorious literature. My only wish is that I had a stronger classical education so that I could grasp the full intellectual depth of everything Stegner had to write.
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This a novel of two couple who form a lifelong friendship, tested by the trial of time and fortune, whish and reality, hope and disappointment. A novel of growth from within, in response to the demands from without. This is a novel of Survival in our world, always temporary.
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I loved this book and so did my book club.
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good writing
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Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of two couples who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, this book is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and marriage.