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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a quiet book about the long term friendship between two married couples. It is beautifully descriptively written with completely interesting characters. It's one you want to read in front of a warm fire where you can settle in and read for a long time.
"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.