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But the realities of the present recede in the face of ghosts of his past. As he makes the perfunctory arrangements for the funeral, we enter with ...
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But the realities of the present recede in the face of ghosts of his past. As he makes the perfunctory arrangements for the funeral, we enter with him on an intensely personal and painful inner pilgrimage: we meet the father who darkened his childhood, the mother whose support was both redeeming and embarassing, the friend who drew him into the respectable world of which he so craved to be a part, and the woman he nearly married. In this profoundly moving book, Stegner has drawn an intimate portrait of a man undestanding how his life has been shaped by experiences seemingly remote and inconsequential.
"Recapitulation is rich in the grittier American truths. . . . It has a piece of our pathos at its core."—Benjamin DeMott, New York Times Book Review
— Benjamin DeMott