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Angle of Repose Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Angle of Repose

In the late 1960s Lyman Ward, a crippled history professor abandoned by his wife some years before, researches and recreates the life of his grandparents, particularly his grandmother Susan Burling Ward, a commercial artist and writer who came from New England with her engineer husband Oliver in the 1870s and 1880s to live and raise a family in rough mining towns in Colorado, Mexico, Idaho, and California. Her life fills most of the book. Hopes repeatedly spring up and die; marriages founder and are patched together; loyalty, friendship, and trust are severely tested -- and the land colors all. This rich, thoughtful, and wise 1971 novel, authored by the man who taught Kesey, McMurtry, Stone, Abbey, and many other "Western writers," won the Pulitzer.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Time/era of story    -   American wild west period Outside culture (society)    -   American West If story of urban/rural...    -   Small town life Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Woman's story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   homemaker Age:    -   long lived adults Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   West    -   Pacific NW    -   California The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   Mexico Mountains/Cliffs    -   Yes Mountains:    -   climbing on trails Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee    -   hostile, like Gomer Pyle on steroids

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   descript of kissing Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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