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angle of repose
angle of repose
Author: wallace stegner
Angle of Repose is Wallace Stegner's masterwork. It is a vital, sweeping novel that illuminates the American present againt the American past of a century ago. It is a story of the generation after the pioneers. But mostly it is the story of Susan Ward, a beautiful and gifted woman, whose skill as an artist brings her fame...and into conflict...  more »
ISBN: 56119
Pages: 511
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4.3 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: fawcett crest
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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The first time I read this I was too young, but re-reading it recently I was drawn to the complex characters who have to negotiate a self and a career and a love which do not necessarily have the same needs. As an academic, I and nearly all of my colleagues have had to negotiate the tricky business of solving the "two-body problem" without destroying everything else along the way. And, the physicist in me just plain loves the title.
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On the plus side, this is a well-constructed generational novel of great depth and an extremely ambitious set-up. There are extremely compelling story elements and a historical aspect that is vividly depicted. The downside is that there are few characters that I was able to really like, and those that I did were minor figures in the narrative. In addition to that, it really is largely a rip-off of a very real life story. The dream sequence is extremely irritating (you'll know what I mean if you read it), and the book doesn't exactly come to a complete conclusion. In the end, the writing warrants four stars, but it is not a book I could say I love. That being said, it did win the Pulitzer, so is a fairly important contribution to literature.
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