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Collected Stories of Wallace Stegner (1990)

by Wallace Stegner

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pretty good start, declined toward the end ( )
  mahallett | Mar 26, 2018 |
Gave up after 315 pages; deleted Stegner from further reading, and donated three unread books. ( )
  JFGABCIK | Jan 26, 2016 |
In this collection of thirty-one stories Wallace Stegner writes about men and boys approaching manhood, often pitting themselves against nature. Stegner said that he lived the stories, “either as participant or spectator or auditor, before I made fictions of them.” They take place in Saskatchewan, Vermont, Utah, California, Egypt, The Philippines, “places that I know well.”

Stegner’s stories roam about in age as well as place. He writes about the trauma of growing up (sometimes with an abusive father), becoming a man, and being a man once you’re grown. A boy suffers a cruel father in “Butcher Bird.” “The Colt” is a heartbreaking story of a boy and his doomed horse. A family deals with the consequences of insanity in the potentially dark “The Double Corner.” In “A Chip Off the Old Block” a boy must fend for himself when his family is quarantined with the flu as WWI ends.

“Saw Gang” portrays the companionship among men and the satisfaction of a hard day’s work. A young Englishman seeks adventure herding cattle in Saskatchewan in “Genesis.” He finds it and more, nearly dying during a harsh winter. Stegner describes the brutality of nature as well as the beauty. But here’s some beauty: “He saw all ahead of him the disk of the white and yellow world, the bowl of the colorless sky unbearable with light.”

Stegner addresses old-age as well as youth and middle age. In “Balance His, Swing Yours,” an older man despises what he has become, inconsequential in the eyes of youth. A man regrets lost opportunities in “Maiden in a Tower.”

Stegner writes beautifully of nature: “The air was so fresh that he sniffed at it as he would have sniffed at the smell of cinnamon.”
“They saw the wild wooded side of South Maid Hill, the maples stained with autumn, and far up, one scarlet tree like an incredible flower.”
“There had been a wind during the night, and all the loneliness of the world had swept up out of the southwest.”

The writing is clear and refreshing. Although from an earlier time it has aged well. Every story here is a joy to savor. ( )
  Hagelstein | Jul 23, 2015 |
Often called the 'Dean of Western American Writers', Wallace Stegner http://www.cateweb.org/CA_Authors/Stegner.html (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 recommend reading any of Stegner's work. (lj) ( )
  eduscapes | Apr 21, 2010 |
Stegner's stories have won many O. Henry prizes, but he is a novelist, not a short story writer. "City of the Dead" is exceptionally fine.
  Smiley | Feb 19, 2006 |
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Contains: 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.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140147748, Paperback)

These 31 stories span a literary career of more than 50 years and serve as a true testament to "one of America's most distinguished men of letters."--The Boston Globe. Here are tales of young love and older wisdom; of the order and consistency of the natural world; and of the chaos, contradictions and continuities of the human being.

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Here at last are the collected stories of one of America's most distinguished and admired writers. In addition to his honored works (Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners), Stegner is widely known as one of America's finest teachers of writing. He has taught at Harvard, Wisconsin, and Iowa and has lectured widely.… (more)

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