Collected Stories

In a literary career spanning than fifty years, Wallace Stegner created a remarkable record of the history and culture of twentieth century America Each of the thirty one stories contained in this volume embody some of the best virtues and values to be found in contemporary fiction, demonstrating why the author is acclaimed as one of America s master storytellers.TheIn a literary career spanning than fifty years, Wallace Stegner created a remarkable record of the history and culture of twentieth century America Each of the thirty one stories contained in this volume embody some of the best virtues and values to be found in contemporary fiction, demonstrating why the author is acclaimed as one of America s master storytellers.The traveler Buglesong Beyond the glass mountain The berry patch The women on the wall Balance his, swing yours Saw gang Goin to town The view from the balcony Volcano Two rivers Hostage In the twilight Butcher bird The double corner The colt The Chink Chip off the old block The sweetness of the twisted apples The blue winged teal Pop goes the alley cat Maiden in a tower Impasse The volunteer A field guide to the western birds Something spurious from the Mindanao Deep Genesis The wolfer Carrion spring He who spits at the sky The city of the living.
Collected Stories In a literary career spanning than fifty years Wallace Stegner created a remarkable record of the history and culture of twentieth century America Each of the thirty one stories contained in this vol

  • Title: Collected Stories
  • Author: Wallace Stegner Lynn Stegner
  • ISBN: 9780143039792
  • Page: 245
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Wally Stegnergh literary crush. There are 31 stories in this collection, written over a period of about 50 years. Naturally, the subject matter and quality varies. Stegner himself chose the stories for inclusion, as well as their arrangement in the collection. He clearly knew his best writing, because the better stories are in the first 1/2 to 2/3 of the book. In the Foreword, Stegner says about the stories: "I lived them, either as a participant or spectator or auditor, before I made fictions o [...]

    2. Most brilliant collection of short stories. Stegner has a way of describing a scene that puts the reader right into the story. In the first story, The Traveler, you feel the snow, the cold, and the darkness. The Colt will break your heart. In The City of the Living, you ache for the father's concern over his ill son.

    3. Collected Stories of Wallace Stegner is a large collection of short stories that largely concentrate on the American West in the first half of the 20th century. I’ve read a couple of Wallace Stegner’s novels—Angle of Repose, and Crossing to Safety, which I really responded to, and knew that with this collection I’d be settling in for a few weeks’ appreciative and thoughtful reading. I was also interested by the note at the beginning that let me know that some of this material made it i [...]

    4. I don't think there is anyone better at using metaphor to capture the essence of emotion or experience. There was at least one time in each story when I caught my breath, stopped and reread a phrase that was stunning. For example, in the story Impasse, Stegner speaks in the voice of a father describing his college-aged daughter"With Margaret along, conversation was too dangerous. She terrorized them; she was like a rodeo cowboy waiting at the gate, ready to burst out on any bewildered steer of o [...]

    5. Wallace Stegner is a master of the word, but his real gift is his piercing insight into his characters. Every one of them feels realized, even in these short stories.Sadly, I only finished about half of these before the library asked for it back.

    6. Thirty-one stories by one of my favorite writers. Not a bad one in the bunch. Wonderful writing by a master.The Traveler: The car of a traveling salesman breaks down on a very cold night in a remote area. After unsuccessful attempts to restart his car and to keep warm by a fire, he finally starts walking. A mile or so down the road he comes to a farmhouse. No one answers the door, but a young boy finally emerges from a nearby shed. The boy explains that his grandfather has recently become comato [...]

    7. As with any collection, I enjoyed some stories more than others, but Stegner's prose is always a joy to read. If I were to read this book again in a year or two, I suspect that different stories would speak to me the second time.

    8. "The tears just came up slowly the way a spring fills,and hung,and brimmed over,and the first ones ran down my face and splashed warm on the back of my hand."

    9. This collection of stories ranges across the world and much of the twentieth century. The cowboy stories alone are so rich in natural detail, living characters, and compelling plot and action. A paragraph description of a greenhorn cowboy thrown from his horse into the path of a stampeding bull is like a Remington sculpture. A rancher and his wife travel by wagon through the aftermath of a catastrophic winter on the way to the railroad flag stop as she ponders whether she will ever return. This [...]

    10. Though these were well-crafted short essays, they simply don't do Stegner justice. Yes, the magnificent prose is there and he still describes places and moments with such clarity that you can see them in your mind's eye. But the abbreviated length of these essays does not allow for what Stegner does best - rich, complex character and story development with vivid historic and period detail. Read his novels instead.

    11. I really like Wallace Stegner (even though I haven't ever made it all the way through Angle of Repose) These stories are terrific, and run the gamut from farm boys to country club tennis. I think good short stories are more fulfilling than novels, and each one of these leaves you with a different taste. His writing is sharp, and I kept finding myself, at the end of each story, thinking, "Wow, that was great writing!" Thanks for the Christmas present, Carly!

    12. Although Angle of Repose is my favorite book of all time, I just reread this story collection and realize that Wallace Stegner is my favorite author. Even though these stories take place from the 1930s to the 1970s, the themes he touches upon are current. His ability to settings puts me right into the time an place. Such a fabulous writer.

    13. These stories really draw you in quickly and the characters are so compelling. Stegner appreciation for nature and the West is obvious. Stegner is really the master story teller. I loved every page. If I had one book to take only one a deserted island this collection of stories would probably be the one book I'd take. Will probably start over and read it again soon.

    14. Stegner is the consummate storyteller. This is a dense book with stories from a wide range of walks of life. Definitely a must read for those who hope to master the craft of short stories as a writer. His stories will immerse you in a world from nearly a hundred years ago while providing insights into human nature that transcend any era or setting.

    15. This guy can make the most mundane moment absolutely fascinating. This is the kind of book you can take with you to a cabin in the woods, build a fire, open a good bottle of whiskey, and get lost reading all night.

    16. My bible. A writer who mirrors life in its many different facets, with precision and clarity like no other. Cuts to the emotional quick in a way that can be breathtaking.

    17. My first Stegner book. There's an amazing breadth to this collection, and the various strains pulled from autobiographical experience are all fascinating.

    18. Stegner was a master writer. His stories are well crafted and polished. The majority of his stories are not "action based" but they do create a mood and they do make you think

    19. The author states in his preface: "e thirty-one stories in this volume do make sort of personal record. I lived them, either as participant or spectator or auditor, before I made fictions of themAny reasonably long life, looked back upon, irresistibly suggests a journey. I see these stories, inventions on a base of experience, as rest stops, pauses while I tried to understand something or digest some action or clarify some response." (p. ix) For this reason, the stories' protagonists hop about i [...]

    20. at once vibrant and dusty, forlorn and cheerful, stegner writes stories that get at the heart of what it means to be a caring, complex human living a real, unglamorous life. not since jane austen has someone written social situations that capture the subtleties and idiosyncrasies of casual conversations like this man does - and his detailed account of the flora always paints a vivid landscape. highly recommended. (of particular note were goin to town, a field guide to western birds and the butch [...]

    21. I chose this book of short stories as a preparation to borrowing some of Wallace Stegner's longer books. I most certainly do enjoy the writing style and the subtle simplicity of the subject matter. I can most certainly see why he achieved the status he did and look forward to reading much more.

    22. I had heard of Wallace Stegner, but never read any of his works. I really found him to be an excellent storyteller. Also, from a historical standpoint, many of his stories chronical rural America in the early part of the 20th century, which I also found interesting.

    23. Based on my prior exposure to Angle of Repose and The Spectator Bird, I think Wallace Stegner is a wonderful writer. I think he easily merits a spot alongside contemporaries like, say, John Steinbeck and Norman Mailer, and wish he had received similar recognition in his life. Incidentally, this collection of stories reminds me very much of a similar Steinbeck collection that I read years ago.But having said that I'm going to confess that I am returning my copy to the library only half-read. Two [...]

    24. I read all but the last two stories. I thoroughly enjoyed the start of the book and drifted away from the prose as it went on, which at times felt like an homage to Hemingway (particularly the more urbane settings).I've heard a great deal about Stegner over the years and was surprised I didn't like it more. A fine writer, though.

    25. I gave myself permission to stop reading these stories after finishing 300+ of 529 pages. While I enjoy Stegner's writing for his ability to portray a wide variety of settings and to comprehend and convey the inner thoughts/ reactions and emotions of people, I wish he were not so bent toward a dreary realism that wants for hopefulness. Stegner shows great skill in expressing gut-wrenching regret, hopelessness, and major disappointment in story form. While this makes for a thought-provoking read [...]

    26. Stegner can turn a phrase. He has such an understated, elegant way of making his point. “The light over the whole hill was pure, pale, of an exaggerated clarity, as if all the good days of his youth had been distilled down into this one day, and the whole coltish ascendant time when he was eighteen, nineteen, twenty, had been handed back to him briefly, intact and precious.” This collection of stories might be hard to read one right after the other, because most of them depict disappointment [...]

    27. Wagner is one of my favorite authors by far. His short stories spoke of a different time and place. Stories like the colt almost made me weep. While stories like genesis made me wish I could face a trial of manhood like those cowboys faces the elements. I loved the way you would pick up with different characters almost by complete surprise with a new story involving them. Hard to describe since 30 some short stories but, almost every story caught my imagination and gave me a flavor of the time a [...]

    28. Often called the 'Dean of Western American Writers', Wallace Stegner cateweb/CA_Authors/Ste (1909-1993) writings often parallels his own life experiences and family history. This expansive collection of stories was written over a span of fifty years. They encompass a variety of settings ranging from harsh ranch life in Saskatchewan to Salt Lake City, Vermont, Egypt and the Philippines. These Stegner stories focus on people's strength and frailties as they deal with life's trials. I strongly reco [...]

    29. Back in high school, I devoured all of Stegner's work. I think I was always searching for a culture to identify myself with (as are most adolescents) and through Stegner, I stumbled upon "westerner" as a box I could fit into. Like all of my "read-in-high-school" books, I can't in good faith recommend Stegner because I'm pretty sure my high school brain was less sophisticated than my adult one (or at least I hope so), but the man has won many prizes granted by adults. I guess someone else out the [...]

    30. Something interesting about this volume is that a number of the pieces here are versions of episodes that ended up in "The Big Rock Candy Mountain". I haven't read any of Stegner's other works so I don't know if the other pieces are from other novels or just independent works. There are also a piece or two that look like they could have been in BRCM but didn't make the cut for whatever reason. This makes reading the collection interesting in the sense of seeing a writer's process, but less than [...]

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