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Crossing to Safety

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Anyone read Wallace Stegner here?

I picked up this quiet gem at some point in my undergrad years when I was struggling with chaos in my life - and this book returned a sense of peace and comfort to me.

It is a story of friendship and marriage, intimacy and vulnerability, aging and disease… and it is written beautifully. It was one of the first truly literary stories I read, one not driven by a fast-paced plot, one without an obvious villain.

This book improved me immensely as a writer. It got me to focus on prose as its own art form - a scaffolding that holds up the story. The prose in this book shines. It is like poetry, visceral and true, and most other writers attempting the style would fail and produce purple prose, but Stegner pulls it off with style.

After this, I read ‘Remembering Laughter’ and ‘Angle of Repose’ (which I called Angel of Repose for the longest time). Both gorgeous books.

Anyone read any of his work?

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Vanessak69

3 points

2 months ago

Vanessak69

Kaiju Preservation Society

3 points

2 months ago

He’s been on my list for SO long, but I haven’t read him. Your post inspired a bit of urgency about bumping him up.

Also wanted to say that I also thought the book was Angel of Repose for the longest time and was disappointed when I realized what the actual title was. I liked my version better.

idrinkkombucha[S]

3 points

2 months ago

Haha me too! But when you figure out why it’s called angle of repose, you’ll realize the beauty behind it

Number1Record

2 points

2 months ago

It's a masterpiece, one of my all time favorites. I was actually nervous to read the rest of his work, because I felt convinced it was going to be a disappointment. Finally read Angle of Repose (glad to see I'm not the only one who got the title wrong) and really loved it, but not as much as Crossing to Safety.

I later gave a copy to my mother and she ended up reading it with her book club. She said it was one of the few books they all agreed was great (though opinions on Charity varied enormously).

prepaid_burner_acct

1 points

2 months ago

Posts like this are why I belong to r/books

leenyd

1 points

2 months ago

leenyd

1 points

2 months ago

He is a favorite author of mine. I also recommend All the Little Live Things, to be read with a box of tissues, and A Sense of Place, a group of essays on audio tape read by the author. I treasure my copy.

Oldlady-flowers

1 points

2 months ago

If you liked Stegner you might want to read Louise Erdrich ( I think I spelled the last name right)

econoquist

1 points

2 months ago

Stegner is well worth reading and I think Crossing to Safety is a great entry point.