All The Little Live Things
ISBN: 0140154418
EAN13: 9780140154412
Language: English
Release Date: Dec 1, 1991
Pages: 352
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 7.7" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Award-winning and bestselling author Wallace Stegner takes on the hippy generation in a novel of crackling vividness (New York Times Book Review). Joe Allston, the retired literary agent in Stegner's National Book Award-winning novel The Spectator Bird, returns in this disquieting and keenly observed novel. Scarred by the senseless death of their son and baffled by the engulfing chaos of the 1960s, Allston and his wife, Ruth, have left the coast for a California retreat. And although their new home looks like Eden, it also has its serpents: Jim Peck, a messianic exponent of drugs, yoga, and sex, and Marian Catlin, an attractive young woman whose otherwordly innocence is far more appealing--and far more dangerous.

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   Iowa author who should be more widely read
Stegner wrote a rich character-centered books, beautiful in setting and full of life's problems. Fireworks with his command of the language enables him to engage in readers without resorting to killings, crash scenes, explosives, fantasy, or dystopian worlds. Grannie grew up in Iowa and never heard it from him! For ANGLE OF REPOSE, he won the Pulitzer Prize. This book takes years later with the main character from SPECTATOR BIRD, which should really be read before this one. If you haven 't read Stegner and are looking for real writing, fictional storytelling skill and true-to-life characters, give him a try. I bet that you will read all his novels.
   At the heart, an amazing love story
If you don 't know Stegner, the title might suggest another cutesy paean to furry critters and pious pets. But Stegner is for this too much the hard-minded analyst. Stegner is the novelist who absolutely redeems the humanity of the Grump. The main character is keenly aware of his flaws, stodginess and resistance to change, and he agonizes between his values of hard work, self-critique and acceptance of the amorality of life and the fuzzy standards of an encroaching young back-to-nature. There is an amazing love story at the heart of this book-of-the-avuncular grouch for a young dying mother-so well written it will teach even those who have never been in love to revere the divine in another human being.
   There is no writer like Wallace Stegner.
It is hard for me to believe that Stegner writes fiction.
   Stegner Mails it in
Old friend Joe, now older and more cynical, still has not come to grips with the tragedies, regrets and mediocrities of his life. Gently prodded by his patient, protective and purposeful wife, he finally gains some insight and realizes he has a marriage that can be truly fulfilling. Along the way, fireworks of word craft with a short lived effect are shown.
   I like Wallace Stegner's poetic
I like Wallace Stegner's poetic, descriptive language, but the narrator is a terrible muddler, and this is not a happy story. It was fun to imagine myself in Kate Wolf's golden rolling hills of California.
   Not up to par with other Stegner books .
After reading The Spectator Bird, which I loved, I looked forward to this book with Joe and Ruth again. Sadly, I was disappointed. It fell apart early when Joe allowed a young hedonist to live on his property. It was completely out of character and unbelievable and made the rest of the book nonsense.