Go itibaren Whittington VIC 3219, אוסטרליה
Would it be awful to rate this Pulitzer Prize winning novel a 2 and a half? The narrator of this lengthy tale, Lyman Ward, the grandson of Susan Burling Ward who is the real protagonist of the book and whose life is scrutinied in detail by grandson, a wheelchair bound curmudgeon, takes his time telling us all about the lives of his grandparents. Susan, a high toned eastern women with great talent, falls in love with a young man of lesser means but of great character and vision. They travel west to pursue his career as a mining engineer. she illustrates stories for magazine back east. And for a hile they get by, though life is hard and crude in the west. It's all downhil from there. Eventually the endless stream of disappointment and hard times petty mcuh ruins their marriage and their lives. So it goes. There is some comic relief in the present as Lyman Ward argues with his very modern young secretary about life as it is now as compared to how it should be accoring to Lyman (more Victorian). Stegner's descriptive powers are at a peak and very engaging, but also a bit too much at times. There is very little drama of the active sort, it is mostly interpersonal drama and after a while that gets tiresome in its repititions. Anyway, I made myself finish it.