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The Big Rock Candy Mountain
     

The Big Rock Candy Mountain

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by Wallace Stegner
 

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Bo Mason, his wife, Elsa, and their two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks out his fortune—in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running through the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest.

Stegner portrays more than

Overview

Bo Mason, his wife, Elsa, and their two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks out his fortune—in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running through the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest.

Stegner portrays more than thirty years in the life of the Mason family in this masterful, harrwoing saga of people trying to survive during the lean years of the early twentieth century.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Stegner has felt the spell of mountain and prairie, of draught, flood, and blizzard. . . . A harrowing saga"
The New York Times

"Stands out beautifully and unforgettably."
The New Yorker

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101077894
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/01/1991
Series:
Contemporary American Fiction Series
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
137,293
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher
"An irreplaceable classic . . . One of the great books from which we may understand America and its rise . . . It has not aged, and it seems unlikely that, as long as memory and history preserve the bringing forth of modern life on this continent, it will ever lose relevance."
-Robert Stone, from the Introduction

"Stegner has felt the spell of mountain and prairie, of drought, flood, and blizzard. . . . A harrowing saga."
-The New York Times

"Stands out beautifully and unforgettably."
-The New Yorker

Meet the Author

Wallace Stegner (1909–1993) published more than two dozen books throughout his life, including the novels Angle of Repose, which won the Pulitzer Prize; Crossing to Safety; and The Spectator Bird, which won the National Book Award. An early environmentalist, Stegner was instrumental—with his now famous “Wilderness Letter”—in the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Act.
 
Robert Stone (introducer; 1937–2015) wrote more than ten books, including the National Book Award–winning novel Dog Soldiers and the novels Outerbridge Reach and A Flag for Sunrise

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
February 18, 1909
Date of Death:
April 13, 1993
Place of Birth:
Lake Mills, Iowa
Place of Death:
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Education:
B.A., University of Utah, 1930; attended University of California, 1932-33; Ph. D., State University of Iowa, 1935

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The Big Rock Candy Mountain 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An incredibly literate journey through the 20th century. We travel with Bo and Elsa through their meeting through marriage, children and ultimately old age and death. Their lives believably weave through the most important events of the century. Bo is always looking for his Big Rock Candy Mountain,while Elsa, like women everywhere works on keeping her family together. I first read this book 30 years ago as a 21 year old college student and just reread it as a Grandma. It still holds the honor of being my all time favorite novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This semi-autobiographical novel is a wonderful look at life in the mid-west and west from 1900 to 1930. It is very well written. It presents the role of women as it was in those time.
PeggyBrooks More than 1 year ago
This book was the most outstanding book, and author I have read in a long time. This was truly an incredible journey experienced through the written word. It has been a number of years since I was in university, but I know I was not introduced to this remarkable author. It is my opinion that all students of American literature should be. It is my desire to read all that this man has written so as to experience his style to the fullest. I will long remember this tragedy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Snow~She padded in being followed by two other cats <br> Darkness-She followed her mother. <br> Ceder-He followed Darkness and Snow
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Come on! I didn't come all this way just to lose him again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He is scared most likley. Forgot what it wa like to be free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can be darkkit
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Watched her go. He purred to himself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This place is kind of inactive. Im debating on leaving
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pads in.