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Two couples who move between Vermont and Wisconsin it is a work of uiet majesty deep compassion and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and marria. How do you make a book that anyone will read out of lives as uiet as theseStegner did it We follow two married couples from their bright eyed 1930s youth to their retirement years There s no razzle dazzle no shocks or mysteries no scandals or horrors Their hurts are subtle and familiarThe writing is solid and reflective and downright beautifulI found the story to be mostly about acceptance Loving people even when you don t like them Finding satisfaction in life even when your plans fall through Not settling not feeling trapped or resentful but just learning to be OK with your life and appreciating what you have instead of wasting your life obsessing over what you don t have A curiously ordinary yet elusive concept Lila and Alex short story. X-Rated. read out of lives as uiet as theseStegner did it We follow two married couples from their bright eyed 1930s youth to their Burning Attraction retirement years There s no The Numbers Game razzle dazzle no shocks or mysteries no scandals or horrors Their hurts are subtle and familiarThe writing is solid and Tall man riding. reflective and downright beautifulI found the story to be mostly about acceptance Loving people even when you don t like them Finding satisfaction in life even when your plans fall through Not settling not feeling trapped or The 7 Components of Transformative Organizing Theory resentful but just learning to be OK with your life and appreciating what you have instead of wasting your life obsessing over what you don t have A curiously ordinary yet elusive concept

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Crossing to Safety

Called a magnificently crafted story brimming with wisdom by Howard Frank Mosher in The Washington Post Book World Crossing to Safety has since its publica. There are some books that seem to have tiny leaks in their spines and covers and pages and release almost unnoticeable misty smoky particles of their story well not so much their story but the mood that is created by the story out into the real world And when reading these books you find or at least I find I should shift my point of reference to me not you that I am seeing things in my daily routine through a sort of cloud that at first I don t recognize but then suddenly it dawns on me that it s from the book I m reading My dreams are affected my relationships are affected my perception of self is affected and my writing style and speaking style change all because of the fumes from this book seepage And Crossing to Safety has seepage This is a book about a lifestyle that I really can t relate to But yet now I ve been to these well orchestrated family picnics at Battell Pond the Vermont compound belonging to Charity Lang s family I ve ridden in the back of the Marmon with the coolers full of steaks for the grills And I walked the hundred mile back roads behind the horse named Wizard wondering if there were two stashes of tea in his pack 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 spent time in an iron lung with my dearest friend by my side assuring me that life was worth living even though I wished it was over But most of all what this gaseous cloud of literary filter did for me was to confirm that good and bad make the whole that friends husbands children and oh yes don t forget myself all can have insufferable habits be full of faults clearly be imperfect but without these bad ualities they would not be the people we love Here s the uote from the book that illustrates this best After spending a lovely day in the Tuscan countryside that ends with rescuing an Italian worker from a horrible accident and transporting him back to his village with a crushed bleeding hand Larry asks Sally When you remember today what will you remember best the spring countryside and the company of friends or Piero s Christ and that workman with the mangled hand She thought a minute All of it she said it wouldn t be complete or real if you left out any part of it would it Go to the head of the class I saidThis is a move to the top of your list book

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Tion in 1987 established itself as one of the greatest and most cherished American novels of the twentieth century Tracing the lives loves and aspirations of. Seen in geological perspective we are fossils in the making to be buried and eventually exposed again for the puzzlement of creatures of later eras Welcome to Wally World No not the one with Chevy Chase and a stiff relation on the car roof the one that is a place of real literary wonder Wallace Stegner is one of our great national treasures and Crossing to Safety is a very rich read a surprising look at the friendship between two couples four friends Stegner opens with Charity a wealthy New Englander in the last stages of cancer bringing the foursome back together for one last hurrah He dusts off this fossil and shows us where it came from And in the process ponders the craft he is using to tell his story How do you make a book that anyone will read out of lives as uiet as these Where are the things novelists seize upon and readers expect Where is the high life the conspicuous waste the violence the kinky sex the death wish Where are the suburban infidelities the promiscuities the convulsive divorces the alcohol the drugs the lost weekends Where are the hatreds the political ambitions the lust for power Where are speed noise ugliness everything that makes us who we are and makes us recognize ourselves in fictionStegner is up front about the challenge he has presented himself How does one write an interesting book about friendship I suppose one begins with being able to create real people with words But Stegner might disagree In the book he says you ve got the wrong idea of what writers do They don t understand any than other people They invent only plots they can resolve They ask uestions they can answer Those aren t people that you see in books those are constructsAnd yet his characters do seem real and that is why we come to care about them Larry is a young teacher arriving at his first job in Madison Wisconsin He is the hard worker always writing articles stories a novel using every spare minute to put words to paper His wife Sally had given up her college career to help Larry through his education and is pregnant when they set up shop in town She and Larry barely scrape by 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 She appears early on with canes and leg braces We learn later how she acuired them Sid and Charity are at the very opposite end of the financial spectrum Sid from Pittsburgh inherited considerable family wealth He is a dreamer wanting to write his poetry ponder the land of a transcendentalist than anything Charity came from old New England money She is the organizer the one who must be in charge This unlikely foursome become fast friends almost immediately finding an Eden of mutual acceptance and admiration The notion of Eden is one that recurs with some freuency From the high porch the woods pitching down to the lake are than a known and loved place They are a habitat we were once fully adapted to a sort of Peaceable Kingdom where species such as ours might evolve unchallenged and find their step on the staircase of being Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained arrive towards the end In between Sid and Charity s first time together at her family retreat in northern Vermont Battell Pond is like a stroll through the first garden An aspect of Charity s personality is even referred to during a multi day hike the foursome take while in Vermont years later as the serpent in paradise Clearly the Eden of the two pairs friendship is not without its dangersAlthough his setting is the Northeast mostly instead of his beloved West Stegner pays close attention to place The hemlocks like this steep shore Like other species they hang on to their territory much like Charity is grown from her New England soil Larry hankers for his birthplace in the Southwest and winds up there but Stegner satisfies himself with some description of Wisconsin and much of Battell Pond As the land does in his other tales this one challenges his characters A long hike perhaps standing in for a life journey is fraught with unexpected impediments an unmapped beaver pond storm downed trees that force unfortunate detours In Wisconsin a stormy lake threatens all their lives Order is indeed the dream of man but chaos which is only another word for dumb blind witless chance is still the law of natureBut Charity takes it as her mission to prevail over entropy Soon spring would thaw the drifts and reveal the disorder and scarred earth and she would set to work to transform it into a landscapeWe shift between the present and the past following the friends through the stages of their lives The two men both teachers struggle with getting tenure finding professional fulfillment and success We also get a look into the struggles each couple experiences within their relationships Although all four are offered the stage it is the pairing of Sid and Charity that most lights it up Stegner offers small details that illuminate and portend Here Larry describes an interaction with Charity the kiss I aimed at her cheek barely grazed her She was not much of a kisser She had a way of turning at the last minute and presenting a moving target And what happens at the end of our lives when this friendship comes to its final chapter Seen in either geological or biological terms we don t warrant attention as individuals One of us doesn t differ that much from another each generation repeats its parents the works we build to outlast us are not much enduring than anthills and much less so than coral reefs Here everything returns upon itself repeats and renews itself and present can hardly be told from pastStegner shows that there are always shoots ready to seek the light as ancient woods bow with time but we cross our lives to safety with the memories of our brief time here the treasures of love and friendship One of those treasures is having read this book


10 thoughts on “Crossing to Safety

  1. says:

    Books like this are why I read Despite some dark passages it’s a delight to read and I’m adding it as one of my all time favoritesThe story follows two couples through life It’s an academic novel in a sense

  2. says:

    Does it seem ironic that a book I’ve awarded a full pentad of stars is also the cause of great frustration? Not when I tel

  3. says:

    There are some books that seem to have tiny leaks in their spines and covers and pages and release almost unnoticeable misty smoky pa

  4. says:

    Seen in geological perspective we are fossils in the making to be buried and eventually exposed again for the puzzlement of creatures of later eras Welcome to Wally World No not the one with Chevy Chase and a stiff relation on the car roof the one that is a place of real literary wonder Wallace Stegner is one of our great national treasures and Crossing to Safety is a very rich read a surprising look at the f

  5. says:

    A Lost WorldOnce upon a time there was an American Republican President named Eisenhower Ike wasn’t a very smart man but he was not an evil man He didn’t like the way the world was run not even in his own country But he remained calm in his politics and civil to his political opponents He set an example People felt safe around other peopleAt that time there was a place called Vermont It contained a smaller place called the Northeast K

  6. says:

    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 o

  7. says:

    How do you make a book that anyone will read out of lives as uiet as these?Stegner did it We follow two married couples from their bright eyed 1930s youth to their retirement years There's no razzle dazzle no shocks or mysteries no scandals or horrors Their hurts are subtle and familiarThe writing is solid and reflective and down

  8. says:

    How STRANGE I assumed based on the endless 5 star ratings out there for this book that it was going to be a slam dunk for meBut this book which is the story of two couples Larry and his wife Sally and their friends Sid and Charity bugged the heck out of meI'm SORRY This is may be the seuel to my controversial Prince of Tides experience in which I just couldn't find the love for a beloved classicI'll start off by saying

  9. says:

    Something will have gone out of us as a people if we ever let the remaining wilderness be destroyed; if we permit the last virgin forests to be turned into comic books and plastic cigarette cases —Wallace StegnerAs 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 Then as I dipped

  10. says:

    The warm shudders I experienced as I sank into each night with this book on my lap the stunning imagery of diminished time against an unchanging landscape and the uiet story of academic couples faced with tragedy makes me certain that Stegner will be an author I grow with this year This year I made a pact with myself to

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