Angle of Repose

  • by Wallace Stegner
  • Narrated by Mark Bramhall
  • 22 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize when it was first published in 1971, Angle of Repose has also been selected by the editorial board of the Modern Library as one of the hundred best novels of the 20th century.
Wallace Stegner's uniquely American classic centers on Lyman Ward, a noted historian who relates a fictionalized biography of his pioneer grandparents at a time when he has become estranged from his own family. Through a combination of research, memory, and exaggeration, Ward voices ideas concerning the relationship between history and the present, art and life, parents and children, and husbands and wives. Like other great quests in literature, Lyman Ward's investigation leads him deep into the dark shadows of his own life. The result is a deeply moving novel that, through the prism of one family, illuminates the American present against the fascinating background of its past.
Set in many parts of the West, Angle of Repose is a story of discovery - personal, historical, and geographical - that endures as Wallace Stegner's masterwork: an illumination of yesterday's reality that speaks to today's.

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What the Critics Say

"Brilliant....Two stories, past and present, merge to produce what important fiction must: a sense of the enhancement of life." (Los Angeles Times)
"Masterful...Reading it is an experience to be treasured." (Boston Globe)

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Pioneer Priorities

This was a sad, wee tale of a man and wife in the 1870s. The wife always feels she has married beneath herself and no matter what the husband does, it always seems to be the wrong thing. As a result, they are often left with large absences in their marriage as the husband lives far off to earn a decent wage.

It was difficult who to feel sympathy for as the wife was often openly ashamed of her husband's lower status and the husband always seemed to be getting involved in schemes that lost money. Personally, I felt sorry for the husband, he knew how the wife felt and could do not right, despite working terribly hard. Sad, but a good listen.
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- sarahmoose2000

Masterpiece!

What a masterpiece. Excellent narration. This is now on my list of top 10 favourite books.
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- Mark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-12-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.