All the Little Live Things

All the Little Live Things

by Wallace Stegner
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't say yet that I read all of Wallace Stegnar's books (I'm working on it) but I have read his prize winners: Angles of Repose, The Big Rock Candy Mountain, Crossing to Safety, and The Spectator Bird (in that order), plus a couple of others. For this one--a prequel to The Spectator Bird--Stegnar gets my personal prize! He simply outdoes himself. Its the late 1960s just south of the Bay Area. The narrator is a retired book editor look for tranquility after the death of his 30+ year old son who died while surfing, his apparent profession being a beach bu--at least so his dad tells us. With the arrival next door of (1) a live-off-the lander who reminds his wife of their son, and (2) an interesting, itelligent young woman who he is they way he would have wanted the daughter he never had, the narrator's life gets complicated, less tranquil, but also quite interesting. It is the story of the coming out of a curmudgeon. Steger's ability to describe nature is never better, despite the suburban setting. This vies with Annie Proulx's The Shipping News as my favorite book that I've read to date.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is absolutely the best book I have ever read. I can't write any more on it because anything I have to say cannot do it justice.
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This book is so humorous, haunting, and lovely in its portayal of an older man faced with loss and societal changes during the turbulent Sixties. It presents a deeply touching story of the older man being forced to reconcile his failures while maintaing his humanity. The social commentary on the times that is the backdrop of the story is very pointed and funny. The story is unforgettable and one of my favorites.
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