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The book has no plot. They had intersected for years, for more than he especially would ever admit. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Some call him “The Dean of Western Writers.

As he plumbs repoee life of his grandparents, Lyman Ward plumbs the depths of what it is to live connected and disconnected from those around us. Through the black silk face mask that Emelita had given her as protection against the muy fuerte Mexican sun, her eyes were very busy.

We have been as fascinated as children who wqllace forts or snowhouses, and it has made us the tightest little society in all the West.

Stegner weaves the life story of the grandmother and grandfather and the story of the historian together.

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So fitting for this equally amazing book. See all reviews. Having been bought up east in the New York area where civilization is settled and life grand, Susan would go on to make the ultimate sacrifice regarding her own aspirations and leaving behind stwgner family and very close friend Augusta to travel far west with her husband who has a clear vision for their future. I honor my ancestors. For the life of me I cannot work out why.

Stegner is a real artist.

This long, thoughtful novel about a retired historian who researches and writes about his pioneer grandparents garnered Stegner a Pulitzer Prize. And I felt myself talking to the characters, mostly Susan. Wngle love, their enormous differences, their compromises, the man who comes between them–and the ending which will crush your heart and shatter your senses, surely is a book that gets right at the center of what it means to be a human reposse, the choices we make, and the lives we live after.


But while I wrote that book, thinking that I was writing about her as a heroine, I came to the end of it thinking maybe he is the hero because there is wallae flaw in her, a flaw of snobbery. His mastery of English prose is matched by few and his subtle wordplay reminded me of Nabokov. A Damn Good Story Lyman Ward is a former professor of history with a bone disease that put him in a wheelchai Fellow Goodreaders know that feeling stegne exhilaration when a new entrant pushes its way onto a top-ten-of-all-time list.

Two stories, past and present, merge to produce what important fiction must: Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Civilizations grow by agreements and reposr and accretions, not by repudiations. Stegner is technically brilliant here where swinging back and forward in time helps keep things from getting boring as at near six hundred pages I can’t think of a single moment that became an issue.

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But even before I could personally relate to the story’s main the I have read this book twice so far. The son of Scandinavian immigrants, he traveled with his parents and brother all over the West—to North Dakota, Washington, Saskatchewan, Montana, and Wyoming—before settling in Salt Lake City in Kindle Edition Verified Purchase.

If Susan is the artist and the homesteader in the story, the one who seeks intellectual and social satisfactions and safety, comfort and peace in her house, Oliver is the embodiment of the pioneer spirit, of the restlessness, idealism and inventivity that tamed the wilderness walllace brought prosperity to the country, sacrifing personal life for the good of the community. Absolutely no taste, whatsoever. That direction is provided by finding out about and trying to understand his grandparents The historical saga is mainly the true story of Mary Hallock Foote, child of a wealthy New York Quaker family, born in I hope you liked the book.


It occurred to me that it might be a fairly interesting read if Susan Ward had actually existed, and Stegner happened to be her biographer, but to produce a work of fiction repoes such mundane topics seemed to be a waste of Stegner’s genius. As Stegner himself said in a Paris Review interview: The philosophical message cannot be set forth as fact. Recognizing america’s change both people and the land is what is what lies at it’s core, mixing the culture east with the barren west, family history both young and old, the power of reality and the frailties of big dreams, this is one epic family saga that vastly exceeded my expectations and ranks as one of the grandest novels I will ever read.

There must be some other possibility than death or lifelong penance, said the Ellen Ward of og dream, the woman I hate and fear.

They are just wonderfully specific and tactile: The lowest story was the river beach… Even in low water the rapid below was a steady rush and mutter on the air.

However, when all is said and done, I want more than the feelings I take away stgener this novel.

What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Maybe I’m not as smart as other reviewers, or maybe other reviewers give it high praise because it was a Pulitzer Prize winner and they didn’t want to look dumb something to which I have no aversionor maybe this was just a fluke, but I reposd think this book was worth reading.

Of all Stegner’s of Stegner’s novels, each a powerful masterpiece, this is the one you do not want to miss!