The Spectator Bird (Comtemporary American Fiction)

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This tour-de-force of American literature and a winner of the National Book Award is a profound, intimate, affecting novel from one of the most esteemed literary minds of the last century and a beloved chronicler of the West.
Joe Allston is a cantankerous, retired literary agent who is, in his own words, -just killing time until time gets around to killing me.- His parents and his only son are long dead, leaving him with neither ancestors nor descendants, tradition nor ties. His job, trafficking the talent of others, has not been his choice. He has passed through life as a spectator, before retreating to the woods of California in the 1970s with only his wife, Ruth, by his side. When an unexpected postcard from a long-lost friend arrives, Allston returns to the journals of a trip he has taken years before, a journey to his mother's birth-place where he once sought a link with his past. Uncovering this history floods Allston with memories, both grotesque and poignant, and finally vindicates him of his past and lays bare that Joe Allston has never been quite spectator enough.

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[( By Stegner, Wallace Earle( Author )The Spectator Bird[ THE SPECTATOR BIRD ] By Stegner, Wallace Earle ( Author )Nov-01-1990 Paperback Paperback Nov- 01-1990 )]

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"It is the autobiographical nature of Stegner''s work . . . that makes it so compelling. In every novel, the narrator has all the gifts of language, empathy, and philosophy, but he nonetheless can never free himself from the torments of the past."
-Jane Smiley, from the Introduction

"Elegant and entertaining . . . every scene [is] adroitly staged and each effect precisely accomplished."
-"The Atlantic"
"It is the autobiographical nature of Stegner's work . . . that makes it so compelling. In every novel, the narrator has all the gifts of language, empathy, and philosophy, but he nonetheless can never free himself from the torments of the past."
Jane Smiley, from the Introduction
"Elegant and entertaining . . . every scene [is] adroitly staged and each effect precisely accomplished."
" The Atlantic""

Wallace Stegner s is one of the most beguiling voices of [the] era, and The Spectator Bird is one of his most appealing works. Jane Smiley, from the introduction
A fabulously written account of regret, memory and the subtleties and challenges of a long successful marriage. Stegner deals with the dual threads of the novel with aplomb.... A thoughtful, crystalline book. Matthew Spencer, The Guardian
There are rivers undammed, desert vistas unspoiled and forests uncut in the wondrous West because of his pen. Timothy Egan, The New York Times"

"Wallace Stegner's is one of the most beguiling voices of [the] era, and The Spectator Bird is one of his most appealing works."--Jane Smiley, from the introduction
"A fabulously written account of regret, memory and the subtleties and challenges of a long successful marriage. Stegner deals with the dual threads of the novel with aplomb.... A thoughtful, crystalline book." --Matthew Spencer, The Guardian
"There are rivers undammed, desert vistas unspoiled and forests uncut in the wondrous West because of his pen." --Timothy Egan, The New York Times

-Wallace Stegner's is one of the most beguiling voices of [the] era, and The Spectator Bird is one of his most appealing works.---Jane Smiley, from the introduction
-A fabulously written account of regret, memory and the subtleties and challenges of a long successful marriage. Stegner deals with the dual threads of the novel with aplomb.... A thoughtful, crystalline book.- --Matthew Spencer, The Guardian
-There are rivers undammed, desert vistas unspoiled and forests uncut in the wondrous West because of his pen.- --Timothy Egan, The New York Times

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