Monday, October 28, 2013
Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
The introduction by Terry Tempest Williams claims, "It is a love story not in the sense of titillating dialogue and actions but in the sense that it explores private lives. No outsider ever knows the interior landscape of a marriage. It is one of the great secrets kept between couples."
At times the idyllic carefree lifestyle reminded me of the movie "On Golden Pond" as the couples summer at a cottage on Bartell Lake. Here is one example of the descriptive narrative, page 12, The second paragraph< beginning "Leave a mark on the world..."
Page 191, is a rather lyrical way of saying, watch out for life, because stuff happens. "Order is indeed the dream of man, but chaos, which is only another word for dumb, blind witless chance is still the law of nature. You can plan all you want to. You can lie in your morning bed and fill whole notebooks with schemes and intentions. But within a single afternoon, within hours or minutes, everything you plan and everything you have fought to make yourself can be undone as a slug is undone when salt is poured on him. And right up to the moment when you find yourself dissolving into foam you can still believe you are doing fine."
So life does not always go as planned, something those of us who have survived well know. I will be passing this book along. Because of the good writing I give it a 3 ***, but I cannot identify anyone to pass this to. So to the book sale donation stack, it goes.