Crossing to Safety (Modern Library) (Modern Library Classics)

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Crossing to Safety (Modern Library) (Modern Library Classics)

Crossing to Safety (Modern Library) (Modern Library Classics)

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Well, that’s exactly what Wallace Stegner has done with Crossing to Safety, a book that captured my heart. Unconsidered, merely indulged, ambition becomes a vice; it can turn a man into a machine that knows nothing but how to run.

The author is best known for his novels of the West such as Angle of Repose, winner of the 1971 Pulitzer, which is also one my favorites.

To an extent this whole book is the story of one woman’s plan (the wife of the main character’s best friend) for the four of them: a matriarchy in a sense. Given that the story is very realistic it is a failure on the authors part to weave the lives of the children of the two main couples into the story. Then, in a matter of pages, those children are all grown and engaging in long paragraphs of expository dialogue. They are generous when Larry has early writing successes “where smaller spirits might let envy corrode liking”.

And Sally, well she is just so nuanced that all I can say briefly is that she's an indomitable warrior and helpmeet who faces illness with steel. The novel is dedicated to Stegner’s own wife, and maybe that’s why Sally isn’t given any rough edges. We read literary fiction, non-fiction, classics and children’s books, all genres and styles embraced in our aim to share the love. This is an unusual review for me because I’ve barely touched on aspects like the style and the structure. Recollection, I have found, is usually about half-invention, and right now I realise that there is much about Sid and Charity Lang that I either invented or got secondhand.

But apart from the themes/ideas, I loved this book mainly because I loved these four people and took such pleasure in their company. And I felt that - like in Angle - when Stegner wants to make a dramatic point, there is never really a fine point to it, it is to me quite heavy handed. I'd rather spend it on Charity" (what is it about that line that has the reader continue to 'think' about this? There’s a different dependence between Larry and Sally, their relationship is less strained and they feed on each other’s love and support.



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