Angle of Repose
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By Wallace Stegner

fiction | 482 pages | Published in 2000

Stegner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of personal, historical, and geographic discovery Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit. What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family. "Cause for celebration . . . A superb novel with an amplitude of scale and richness of detail altogether uncommon in contemporary fiction." —The Atlantic Monthly "Brilliant . . . Two stories, past and present, merge to produce what important fiction must: a sense of the enchantment of life." —Los Angeles Times This Penguin Classics edition features an introduction by Jackson J. Benson. For more than sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

ISBN_13:9781101075821
ISBN_10:1101075821

Quotes

Remember that justice is only for men, and a woman's voice follows silence just a little too quickly.

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In another country I might have been a genius.

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Sometimes it takes memory a long time to put the pieces together.

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What we have, we use, and let us have something to use tomorrow.

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There are certain things that can’t be claimed by the future, nor by anybody else. They belong only to the present.

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Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon.

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Most people’s lives were made up of a series of mistakes punctuated by moments of brilliance.

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I live in my own little world, where the columbines bloom and the bridge lights up at night.

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The days are as big as apples, at least during the morning. Then shadows grow and everything is gristle and concrete.

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Perhaps the most important thing to know is that whatever makes a person vile also makes a person precious.

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