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Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
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Sep 17, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: american, lit-ty, kindle, src-winter-2011-12, favourites
Read from December 07 to 09, 2011 , read count: 1

I love Stegner's writing and can't wait to read more of his books. I don't know whom I would recommend them to, though. There is nothing really witty, startling or adventuresome about his writing; nothing (besides ordinary life) happens to his characters. Yet I love the way he writes about what is important about living - about friendship (the kind that lasts decades, forged between two sets of married couples), how to treat other people right without hectoring, overwhelming or condescending to them, how to read and write (even as a professor or a graduate student) without sacrificing one's soul to the lure of ugly competition and filthy lucre.

The only reason why I didn't give this five stars is because of the way the end felt a bit abrupt. The story begins and ends in the same time-frame, but in between, there is a gulf that is glossed over quite briefly.

Perhaps I find Charity's character too close to home for comfort as well - domineering and good-hearted, she looms a little too large on the horizon for me...

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