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Crossing to Safety
Crossing to Safety
Author: Wallace Stegner
Called a ?magnificently crafted story . . . brimming with wisdom? by Howard Frank Mosher in The Washington Post Book World, Crossing to Safety has, since its publication in 1987, established itself as one of the greatest and most cherished American novels of the twentieth century. Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of two couples who move...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780375759314
ISBN-10: 037575931X
Publication Date: 4/9/2002
Pages: 368
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 52 ratings
Publisher: Modern Library
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
Members Wishing: 4
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BaileysBooks avatar reviewed Crossing to Safety on + 902 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
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: 3
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: 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
One of the best novels I have ever read. Poetical language, in-depth analysis of relationships.
LaurenTW avatar reviewed Crossing to Safety on + 37 more book reviews
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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an intense character analysis and story of how complicated relationships can be.
greedyreader avatar reviewed Crossing to Safety on + 22 more book reviews
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.