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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As with A Gentleman in Moscow and The Heart's Invisible Furies, the inescapable popularity of this book on Goodreads was the white flash of a rabbit's tail that first caught my eye. There’s no doubt that Stegner was awed by nature, as the passages of the surroundings were so wondrously descriptive. The scent of the maples is only noticeable as you enter the stand of spruce, and theirs, only while coming back into the maples. I even went to Florence back when you could just waltz into the Uffizi without standing in hour-long lines constantly being approached by ‘brella salesmen. I first read Crossing to Safety in the mid-1990s while on vacation in Estes Park, Colorado, where the nature around us echoed the beauty of Stegner’s descriptions of nature in Vermont at the Lang compound.

I know these people – not just from the outside but because parts of each one are, or have been parts of me, too – at one point or another in my life.Coming from meagreness and low expectations, we felt their friendship as freezing travelers feel a dry room and a fire. The narrator of this novel, Larry Morgan, at one point says to his wife, “But if I’m going to set the literary world on fire, the only way to do it is to rub one word against the other. It makes a lot of difference if nothing happens in four days or if nothing happens in half a century.

Both families have children and their ups and downs and health issues – one woman spends time in a mental institution; the other gets polio – she’s in an iron lung for a while and for the rest of her life has crutches and eventually metal braces on her legs. In Crossing to Safety we live with the characters as they acquire their scar tissue, right till the very end.This is may be the sequel to my controversial Prince of Tides experience, in which I just couldn't find the love for a beloved classic. This work by Whispering Gums is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3. She is probably the least defined of the four, supportive to all, but ultimately the one most in need of the support of her friends. Wallace Stegner does not need plot devices at all to draw his readers in close enough to live in the book.

The four of them meet in their twenties, become fast friends, though from very different backgrounds, and bump up against each other on and off for the rest of their lives.There is no great melodrama here – no infidelities, no acts of malicious violence, no hatred or vengeance. And despite the fact that this is told from Larry’s point of view, it is the Langs that sit in the spotlight.

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