Angle of Repose Book Summary and Study Guide

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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.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Time/era of story    -   American wild west period Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   American West Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Woman's story?    -   Yes

Main Character

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


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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