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Crossing to Safety (Modern Library) (Modern Library Classics)

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Be it the tension aboard a capsizing sailboat, around a barbeque gone wrong or the peace of a solitary early morning walk through a dewy forest, Stegner makes us feel present. Lots of things have to align for that to happen, besides proximity, compatibility between four people, and the kids, a similar socio-economic standing, political and intellectual similarities. Larry contemplates the following question: ‘ How do you make a book that anyone will read out of lives as quiet as these?

Nevertheless “There it was, there it is, the place where during the best time of our lives friendship had its home and happiness its headquarters. considered by many to be an American classic, I thought it would be a great addition to my "Classics Month"! Con una exquisita sencillez, ambos autores consiguen conferir a unas vidas sin especial atractivo ese encanto extraordinario que las convierte en el objeto de un relato conmovedor e inolvidable.All I wished for them was exactly what I wish for myself; that we all could get to a place and time in this crazy life where we’d finally feel like we were Crossing to Safety. Each year the two couples get together at a summer family compound in Vermont owned by the wealthier couple.

Achingly beautiful and deeply moving this is the closest any book has come to bring a tear to my eye, the friendship between the Langs and the Morgans was so strong and heart warming it has profoundly affected the way I look at life and that of my loved ones. And when reading these books you find – or at least I find (I should shift my point of reference to me not you) that I am seeing things in my daily routine through a sort of cloud that at first I don’t recognize but then suddenly it dawns on me that it’s from the book I’m reading! Perhaps the best way to express my feeling about this book is conflicted: I know many loved it and while I can see its qualities, I cannot say that I had more than an appreciation for it.The love between Larry and Sally is much gentler, and sustains them both despite their losses and deprivations. It was, in my view, 1) highly sentimental, 2) populated with annoying characters who were in unhealthy yet romanticized relationships, 3) just not that interesting. Yes, it’s the luminosity of Stegner’s prose that reminded me of Salter’s Light Years, and that’s another great book!

I want to take something to read, similar to the incomparable Stoner by John Williams, that will remind me why I fell in love with literature. This work by Whispering Gums is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3. They share hopes, dreams and a desire to contribute; they wish to leave their individual marks on the world. She plots their route, plans their activities, brooks no arguments, although there certainly are some. But Stegner succeeds, and with all the wisdom of a life lived (he was 78 at the time) he creates a timeless and convincing classic.

I managed to get to the end of the book but it has put me off from reading anything else by the same author. Crossing reminded me more of Richard Russo's style that it did of Updike (both of whose writing I prefer). Yet, despite the beauty of such places, we can’t deny the fact that what is given can also be taken away. We made senseless noise; we had no predictable routines; we did nothing productive; we had no skills useful in the countryside; and we spoke out of turn.

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