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Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
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Mar 23, 2008

it was amazing
Recommended to Deborah by: Sandy of course
Read in January, 1996

Sandy told me this was her favorite book of all time. (And she probably had as many favorite books as she had best friends.) Why I love this book so much, and I think why she did, is because it gives a fascinating, up-close picture of the settling of the west, from the perspective of a talented artist and writer who marries a mining engineer in the late 19th century and spends her life moving from camp to camp, sending her impressions of her experiences back to the then-new Atlantic Monthly magazine. A treasure of a book.
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message 1: by Pat (new) - added it

Pat You know, I thought I had read this one . . . until just last month I was in Boise, and Coco was talking about how a big piece of it was set in Idaho, describing the raised canals . . . and I suddenly realized that I had no idea what she was talking about. I've missed out, obviously. Thanks for the reminder and the reaffirmation.

message 2: by Zach (new)

Zach I remember when Sandy recommended this book to me. I don't read a lot of fiction but it has been one of my favorites and I have shared it with many others. Living in the Southwest, the descriptions of the landscape and the colors were vivid for me. Also, the pace of the novel fit my tempo at the time I read it - I needed to slow down and reflect. I had actually forgotten that it was Sandy who sent it my way.

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