By Wallace Stegner
Wallace Stegner's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a narrative of discovery--personal, historic, and geographical. constrained to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward units out to put in writing his grandparents' awesome tale, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the skin of America's western frontier. yet his learn finds much more approximately his personal existence than he's keen to confess. What emerges is a charming portrait of 4 generations within the lifetime of an American family.
Like different nice quests in literature, Lyman Ward's research leads him deep into the darkish shadows of his personal lifestyles. the result's a deeply relocating novel that, during the prism of 1 relatives, illuminates the yankee current opposed to the interesting history of its past.
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Giles, London 1903, pp. 187–8 and 248–9. An edition of the Ecclesiastical History, ed. and trans. J. Mclure and R. Collins, was published by the Oxford University Press in 1994. The Chronicle of Thietmar of Merseburg The Saxon bishop Thietmar of Merseburg (975–1018) was one of the principal historians of the Holy Roman Empire. His Chronicon was written between 1009 and 1018, and Book I, from which the following extracts are taken, gives an account of the expansion of Germanic power into the Slav lands of Mecklenburg and Pomerania, providing a frontier history as it records the ebb and flow of the possession of these territories under Christian and non-Christian rule.
Now the following meaning can be attached to the crying child and the wounds on the spirit’s arm and flank. When my father was young, he had been prevented from making love with my mother through a malign spell which certain people had cast upon him; and at the same time he had been given the wicked advice that, as a young man, he should establish whether he was still able to have intercourse with other women. Young as he was, he followed this advice, and having committed the sin of attempting to lie with some immoral woman or other, he fathered a child which died before it was baptised.
For what does it profit us, if we gain the whole world at the expense of our souls? [Matthew XVI, 26]. Let us return the land to the monastery from which it was taken. ’ And as soon as they had reached this conclusion, the image of their father returned to stand before them, but in a different garb from that which he had worn earlier. ‘My thanks to you for this. You have lessened my burden of obligation by pledging to return these possessions. ’ Whereupon he disappeared once more, leaving the brothers to implement their promise the more willingly because they had heard of their father’s swift release from torment.
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner