Wallace Stegner's Angle of Repose PDF

By Wallace Stegner

ISBN-10: 1101075821

ISBN-13: 9781101075821

Wallace Stegner's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a narrative of discovery--personal, ancient, and geographical. limited to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward units out to put in writing his grandparents' striking tale, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the outside of America's western frontier. yet his study finds much more approximately his personal existence than he's prepared to confess. What emerges is a captivating portrait of 4 generations within the lifetime of an American family.

Like different nice quests in literature, Lyman Ward's research leads him deep into the darkish shadows of his personal lifestyles. the result's a deeply relocating novel that, throughout the prism of 1 relations, illuminates the yankee current opposed to the interesting history of its past.

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At the side of the house, however, a rose of Sharon, taller than Peg’s roof and older, was shaking. Stirred by the air conditioner’s exhaust it danced, roughing blossoms and buds to the grass. Wild, it looked wild, and Mavis’ pulse raced with it. According to the Cadillac’s clock it wasn’t five-thirty yet. Mavis decided to drive around for a while and return at a respectable hour. Six maybe. But they would be up, too, by then and Frank would see that the Caddy was gone. He would call the police for sure.

Outrages that had been accumulating all along took shape as evidence. A mother was knocked down the stairs by her cold-eyed daughter. Four damaged infants were born in one family. Daughters refused to get out of bed. Brides disappeared on their honeymoons. Two brothers shot each other on New Year’s Day. Trips to Demby for VD shots common. And what went on at the Oven these days was not to be believed. So when nine men decided to meet there, they had to run everybody off the place with shotguns before they could sit in the beams of their flashlights to take matters into their own hands.

Yes, m’am. ” “Is there something you want to say? ” June crossed her knees and Mavis saw that this was the first time she had worn the white high-heeled shoes. The soles were barely smudged. “You know. ” Mavis took a deep breath. “I can’t think of any. I guess. ” The photographer squatted, cocking his head as he examined the possibilities. ” June’s smile was sad. Mavis straightened against the success of Sal’s fingernails. The camera clicked. June moved her felt-tipped pen into place. It was a fine thing.

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