[Libérer E–pub] (The Big Rock Candy Mountain) Par Wallace Stegner
He had a notion where home would turn out to be for himself as for his father over the next range on the Big Rock Candy Mountain that lace of impossible loveliness that had A Full Scholarship (Sex Powers University 1) pulled the whole nation westward thelace where the fat land sweated up wealth and the heavens dropped lemonade Imagine taking the Summer Break (Gods at Eighteen 3) painful childhood you remember and turning it into a work of art such as this Using a goodatient gentle mother and a violent ruthless father determined to bully the world into giving him what he wanted to show the value of the American spirit Writing about an older brother with so much Gone Cold promise who could never uite get it together Relating your own growth as a whining sensitive undersized boy who had to search inside himself for strength and endurance And showing us 30 years in the life of a family in the first half of the 20th century in the beautifulrose that foreshadowed his later works The book jacket says this is semi autobiographical but an internet search convinced me that it followed his own young life The Black Shriving (Chronicles of the Black Gate pretty accurately How do you take all that raw material and mold it into something like thisThis wasublished in 1943 when Stegner was 34 years old Though not his first novel it was the first successful one Yes it s dense and yes it s too long though I m not sure what he could have left out With Stegner you never know where you re going til you get there but he makes the journey memorableThis is a family saga that is worth the effort it takes with both your time and emotional output The story of Bo Mason and Else He is a talented dreamer with a large dose of wanderlust who works hard at his dreams but seems to always see them drift away She is an escapee from an unhappy home who is smitten with Bo as an 18 year old Marriage ensues children and hardship This is a great American saga covering the main characters from adolescence to old age It gives us a look at western North America US and Canada at the end of the 19th century into the mid 20th There are times when the language is so beautiful that it called to mind Thomas Hardy and I wept through the final chapter The Mason children figure large in this story as well Bo stands in for America in a way He has so much to offer yet instead of building in a slow and steady is ever torn by un unuenchable need for the new He is also always on the lookout for the big score and ultimately it never comes Else loves Bo despite his inability to settle down despite his harshness his immaturity Bo s vibrance however flawed stands out Else must sacrifice her desire for a settled life again and again as Bo is drawn ever onward She stands in for the domestic iece of America Their sons diverge as well Chet carries his father s athleticism but also his stubbornness and inability to admit error It ultimately takes him away from his dreams Perhaps the most American is Bruce the mama s boy who ultimately strikes off on his own to make a truly better life Review to follow maybe if I ever recover Emotionally I was all over the lace I never thought I d cry over Bo Mason still not sure I did but there was a scene towards the end Bo was in that scene when I broke downand for a second felt sad for himI think when you read a book like this 600 dense ages filled with sorrows aperback small Mama Ds pasta pizza print to boot eventually a reader will break down Yes Or am I crazy Three emotions stand out the most intertwine throughout this novel 1 anger 2 aw 3 sadness I m spent I ll be back to write a better hopefully review later unless I just throw up my hands Many thanks to Lorna she s willing to have a buddy discussion with me I m left with uestions I feel a need to talk about this book discuss with it with other readers I have several uestions and comments about specificarts in this novelWriting a review at the moment just feels too exhausting forgive me I m really spent However I m In the Big Rock Candy MountainsThere s a land that s fair and brightWhere the handouts grow on bushesAnd you sleep out
EVERY NIGHTWHERE THE BOXCARS ALL ARE nightWhere the boxcars all are the sun shines every dayOn the birds and the beesAnd the cigarette treesThe lemonade springsWhere the bluebird singsIn the Big Rock Candy MountainsBo Mason is a dreamer He isn t lazy or unskilled or really even criminal but he wants everything and he wants it now "and nothing is ever enough He wears out the eople around him his wife and his children with his inability to "nothing is ever enough He wears out the eople around him his wife and his children with his inability to down and just live in Betty Fedora Issue One peace He flirts with danger and justifies anything he does that he believes will help him hit the big timeIt would be easy to hate Bo Mason especially when it is so easy to respect and love his wife the beleaguered Elsa But there is much to admire at the heart of Bo and what you feel along with the disgust and dislike is kind of grudgingity and understanding He is like a trapped animal and his cruelty rises from a Aubrey Beardsley, The Man And His Work place he cannot control and mostly fails to recognize The bookoses interesting uestions Are we destined to be a certain kind of Jazz Ukulele person aerson who is seeded in us during childhood Can a drifter who yearns for new horizons and new challenges force himself to settle down Should a man bury all his dreams once he assumes the responsibility of family Can we forget being abused in our childhood and overcome our urge to withdraw or retaliate When we have built a life on running from adversity can we learn to stay and fight through the bad times Can we ever in fact overcome who we are And does love conuer anything let alone conuer all What is your husband a slave to Mrs Mason To himself Mrs Webb to himself To his notion that he has to make a Off 13 pile be a big shot have a hundred thousand dollars in negotiable securities in his safe deposit box drive a Cadillac carHe doesn t know he wouldn t know what to do with money when he has it Would he ever think of going to the theater or reading a good book or taking a trip somewhere just for the tripThat is the saddest thing about Bo Mason to me he is wishing for all the wrong things when all the right things might be right at his elbow I couldn t help thinking that I have met far too many men like him in my lifetimeeople who think everything can be solved with money But money beyond a certain level of need cannot really urchase happiness only thingsLove is a strange thing it will make us hold on to someone when we know we ought to let go It makes us turn down the respectable and kind suitor who would adore us take care of us and love our children and opt for the wild unpredictable sometimes cruel man who excites our heart and soul Love shows itself in different ways and sometimes even though felt is hard to express Hate is its mirror so closely aligned with it that I dare say you can only truly hate someone that you truly love For is it not love that leaves you vulnerable to the hurts and stings that you would never accept from someone to whom you were indifferentIf I had any complaint about this novel it would be that it might be shortened without losing its impact It is autobiographical I understand and it is easy to believe because *it feels very ersonal in laces There are no black and white characters here all *feels very ersonal in Juice places There are no black and white characters here all shades of grey and if we are fair isn t thatrimarily the truth the truly evil are rare and saints are virtually non existent I can in all honesty not say that this was one of my heartfelt best books ever But can say convincingly that it was an excellent autbiographical novel Perhaps there was a scattering of way too much words all over the tale Too long Too wordy So many novels have been written about the American west and the deeper meaning behind the search for get uick Dakota 1905 La jeune Elsa a fui les laines du Minnesota dans l’espoir de fonder un foyer Lorsu’elle rencontre Bo Mason bourlingueur en uête d’aventures et de fortune elle voit en lui la romesse d’un monde nouveau Elle n’i. Ich schemes the big rock candy mountain over the next rise something for nothing an improved world andor get away from man s own nature It often left the dreams shattered but the dreamers determined the longer they tried to find the ot of gold at the end of an ever elusive rainbow the further it moved out west I have great respect for this well known author for Stud in the Stacks pouring out the good and bad memories into thisersonal tale of his life as Choosing to Survive part of his drifter family in the early twentieth century They followed the old Scandinavian tracts through the north west It must have been veryainful to relate and share his memories to throw open his hurt anger frustrations heartbreak and embarrassment to a Robin Hood public he doesn t even know if he could trust However I do believe that it brought the clich d closure for himself and made himroud of the choices he made to overcome his Felipa personal family history Well he had so much to beroud of in the end If the bad was genetic the good was in there as well He just had to fill up the spaces between it How difficult was it to flesh out the characters their intimate lives their thoughts so that he could ensure understanding from himself and his readers of his grandparents and The Vavasour Macbeth parents decisions The frontier the family was on was a belated one in the 1914 20s in Saskatchewan They were almost literary reproducing the Kansas frontier of the 1860s Boredom never entered the author s Huckleburry Finn world as a child his own description of his world His mother kept his brother and himself cultured as far as their constanct moving allowed His father was a folklore character with an explosive temper His brother who died young was on his way to become a successful athlete if it wasn t for his father s constant bootlegging to keep food on the table A whiff of scandal surrounded the family as a result of his father s contstant new schemes with shady and dubiousartners In an interview Wallace Stegner said that they were deprived of civilisation in many respects and he had to try and catch up with it his entire life He has been in an acronysm all his life as a result He always felt like a nineteen century character caught in the twentieth century Wallace Stegner s roots were deeply established in the American west This novel is about their experiences in The Blueprint (English Edition) painful detail He created realistic characters to establish a believable trustworthy tale and leave the reader with a sense of awe but also empathy for those drifters who shaped modern America in so many ways This book is indeed about The Big Rock Candy Mountain and thoseeople who took it on It is also about loyalty in a family and how destructive and intricate it becomes Hopeful but sad book For me at least Totally beside the Crisis of the Strauss Divided point I noticed that Ken Kessey was one of Wallace Stegner s students in Creative Writing One Flew Over The Cuckoo s Nest is certainly one of the most iconic American novels ever written and for sure the best shameful example of how an author was screwed out of his words big time by hisublishers who robbed him of his rights to royalties While the book is still in reprint for The Master Masons of Chartres probably a millionth time selling even millions of copies Ken Kessey did not share in the bounty it generated In fact he hardly survived financially from other means of income he had to find until heassed away I am thus so grateful for Wallace Stegner who made such a big difference to other eople s lives after everything he had gone through in his own life This book is worth a read It nestles as much in the historical fiction genre as being an autobiographical novel at the same time 45 If you ve read Stegner a man I consider one of America s national treasures you will already know his writings are dense The reader cannot be hurried through Patience and thoughtfulness are
Reuired To Appreciate The Journey to appreciate the journey will take you on no instant gratification to be found Unless you love rose for its own sake This one is divided into ten sections and that s how I consumed it for a week and a half Years ago while reading Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety I recall getting fatigued somewhere between the halfway and three uarters mark responding like a child in the back seat exclaiming Are we almost there That happened with this one also Similar to driving through the great American Southwest across the California desert and then over the mountains and through *All The Traffic But *the traffic but you see it the gorgeous coastline You see where s he s been taking you and all those sections come together and you re so glad for the effort spent because you get it You also know that nothing could be subtracted All the contrast between the red rock and miles of hot dusty roads to the blues and greens of the Pacific It was worth it the journey getting there and the destination You are satiated and satisfied and in love with the stories he weaves and want to sign on for another road trip You also feel completely lacking in the skills necessary to adeuately review or sing the Road House - The Novel praises of his work This was Stegner s first full length novel I m glad I read it as a mature woman He talks about it in the very beginning of the documentary film to which I have included a link Who better than he to give the reader a sense of what to expect Perhaps I don t cherish it as much as the two mentioned above but it has made me gratefully hunger for and I shall have The closingages compel me to bump the stars up to fiveOne of my favorite Gnosis passages author titled this book as well as a later one Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs from lines in a song also used in the movie O Brother Where Art Thou The Big Rock Candy Mountain by Harry Haywire McClintock 1928 This version is visually entertaining as wellhttpswwwyoutubecomwatchvJowmWallace Stegner A Writer s Life A one hour documentary the authorarticipated in shortly before his death Narrated by Robert RedfordhttpswwwyoutubecomwatchvZGCC6Biographyhttpwallacestegnerorgbiohtml Towards the end of this epic story Bruce Mason who was a first year law student barely 20 years old having skipped a few grades began keeping a journal It was not a log of his activities or thoughts on the issues of the day but rather an attempt to understand a complicated family dynamic with a flawed father driving it He said the journal was like author s notes another of the many arallels between Bruce and Stegner himself Both had a saintly mother a combustible father an athletic older brother who unlike Wally and Bruce did not skip grades and a nomadic upbringing that included time in Saskatchewan Montana and Salt Lake City Here s Bruce though reflecting on how impossible it is to truly understand any such thingI suppose he wrote that the understanding of any erson is an exercise in genealogy A man is not a static organism to be taken apart and analyzed and classified A man is movement motion a continuum There is no beginning to him He runs through his ancestors and the only beginning is the Dolphin Diaries Bind-Up primal beginning of the single cell in the slimeNevertheless the book did track back to figure out what it could In therocess Stegner said he managed to offload some deep seeded resentments I m reluctant to go into any detail because Stegner should be given the chance to reveal important The Wingman Chronicles plotoints his own way Let me just say he s good at it Each vignette draws you in completely magnified and made grand by his sense of time and Flood Legends place And every characterrofile has human dimensions that only a genuinely talented observant writer can convey OK then Taking a deep breath before attempting the tightrope walk that keeps me from over sharing while at Magine The Best Of Saint Louis pas la vie à lauelle les désirs de grandeur de Bo les destinent Saloons clandestins conuête de la terre mine d’or trafic d’alcool Bo Mason héros américainar excellence se réinvente au fil des opportunités ui se The Brother-Offended Checklist pr?. He same time justifies why the book deserves all 5 stars One genealogicalrecursor in this story was the father s father who lost an arm and any sense of humor he might have had as a risoner in the Civil War Another was the mother s Norwegian heritage and farm upbringing that made her hearty and resilient Each member of the immediate family gets POV treatment which helps the long story move at a spritely ace Bo the dad was testosterone Detour (Something in Common, personified He was broad shouldered good with his hands uick with his temper energetic charming at times respected by ruffians good with guns and for the mostart loving towards his wife Elsa He chased dreams of the big score the easy money or in metaphorical terms the Big Rock Candy Mountain that s surely just マジック・ツリーハウス〈1〉恐竜の谷の大冒険 past the next rise BTW the book shares its apt title with a song that was featured in the movie O Brother Where Art Thou And the bulldogs all have rubber teeth being my favorite line Boushed boundaries was confident or maybe delusional is the better word and liked signaling big man status when he could In one case he Bear Creek Road paid for the diamond stud in his tie than I do for 3 years worth of clothes and accessories even before adjusting for inflation Hmm I m not sure if that says about him or meElsa wasractical but rarely held sway She was also in contrast consistently kind The only knock against her is that she might have done to Good Authority Good Authority protect the little birds in her nest The older brother Chet was in many ways like his father If Bo could be called a man s man Chet could be labelled a boy s boyhysical a ring leader adventurous and at least half full of mischief Bruce was of a mama s boy He did share one trait with his father though an intense willfulness When the two were together Bo s manly standards and own intransigence made harmony as scarce as big money Bruce s reflections later in the book were Carneycopia powerful and wise overlapping 99% with Stegner s own Father son relationships often teeter lopsidedly betweenride and disappointment depending on how the two generations reflect on each other and how reconciled they are to their differencesStegner once said this was a book about motion The family certainly moved a lot with that BRCM always beckoning There was movement of a different sort too Young Bruce who was wise beyond his years noted that Captives of New Pompeii (New Pompeii, people weren t fixedoints so much as lines always changing a little from what they were like the wiggly line on a machine used to measure earthuake shocks a man moved along a line dictated by his heritage and his environment but he was subject to every sort of variation within the narrow limits of his capabilities With Stegner drawing the lots every wiggle was worth notingThe book was ublished in 1943 when Stegner was 34 years old teaching at Harvard The three other Stegner novels I read were written decades later It was interesting to me to sample the young Wallace Stegner before the line of his life brought him to celebrated works like Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety In younger years he seemed to write with raw Beard Necessities (Winston Brothers, power hurt and emotion As he aged he became refined and maybe uotable He was never less than great though marked by mature insights even as a young man and brimming with intelligence throughout I m giving this book 45 stars and rounding up to 5 The small demerit comes from descriptiveassages that I sometimes felt could have been shorter I also think that as BruceWallace exorcised demons there wasn t enough elapsed time or self awareness yet to say what would fill the void A uote by Bruce near the end though hints at how both the Alfie Outdoors protagonist and the writer thought the blanks should be filledPerhaps it took several generations to make a manerhaps it took several combinations and re creations of his mother s gentleness and resilience his father s enormous energy and appetite for the new a subtle blending of masculine and feminine selfish and selfless stubborn and yielding before a The Agile Team Handbook, 2nd Edition proper man could be fashionedKnowing what I know of the writer to come he iterated his way to that goal uite well surpassing those candy mountains along the way I feel spent having finished this book I took time reading it than any book in recent memory and it wasn t only its 563ages that made it a long read I had to read with a en at the ready so many ideas and images and thoughts I wanted to highlightThe Big Rock Candy Mountain is a western book A character study A journey But not a there and back again book like Bilbo Baggins wrote It s a go and go again #Kind Of Journey Searching Ever Further Afield #of journey searching ever further afield that one thing that will make you happy always finding that it just slipped out of your fingersBo Mason is that dreamer a schemer who will gamble on a sure thing following whatever lead will drop him on top of that Big Rock Candy Mountain the soonest He ll farm work the railroad bootleg or run a blind ig whatever it takes to get money in his Howard Stern Comes Again pocket the fastest And to Els The Big Rock Candy Mountain by Wallace Stegner is said to be the closest to an autobiographical account of his own childhood This is the emotionally gripping tale of fictional Bo and Elsa Mason and their two sons Chester and Bruce with striking similarities to the childhood of Stegner The Mason family was continually uprooted as Bo Mason found himself involved in one scheme after another often reuiring the family to move freuently as Bo Mason was often chasing the next big financial scheme as were many others in the movement westward in the firstart of the twentieth century Bo Mason oftentimes Spellbound prone to violence tried his hand at farming running a hotel and ultimately rum running during Prohibition Elsa did everything in herower to make each Cant Fake This place a home as this family searched for theiriece of The Big Rock Candy Mountain This at times was such a heartbreaking story of this family but there were beautiful moments as well as their struggles sometimes seemed insurmountable in this rich and unforgettable classic There was somewhere if you knew where to find it some lace where money could be made like drawing water from a well some Big Rock *Candy Mountain where life was effortless and rich and unrestricted and full of *Mountain where life was effortless and rich and unrestricted and full of and action where something could be had for nothingIf one subscribed to the idea of home at all one would insist on an attic for the family history to hide in His mother had felt so all her life She wanted to be art of something an essential atom in a street a town a state she would have loved to get herself expressed in all the leasant secure details of a deeply lived in houseWas he going home or just another lace It wasn t clear Yet he felt good settling his bare arm gingerly on the hot door and opening his mouth
"to sing he "sing He a notion where home would turn out to be for himself as for his father over the next range on the Big Rock Candy Mountain that Paying Daddys Debt place of impossible loveliness that hadulled the whole nation westward Reading Wallace Stegner is like having a really great first boyfriend He ruins you for anyone who comes later Sometimes he s so good that you don t even want anyone after him The Big Rock Candy Mountain is the book that should have won Stegner the Pulitzer Prize long before he wrote Angle of Repose I ve read commentary indicating that Big Rock Candy Mountain is largely autobiographical If that is true my heart aches for the little boy that was Wallace Stegner Perhaps those early Stripes of Gehenna painful experiences were what made him the soulful and understanding author we loveStegner is the conductor for the music of my heart Maybe someday I ll figure out how to write reviews that adeuately convey what he does for ?sentent à lui entraînant les siens dans saoursuite effrénée d’un horizon ui semble se dérober au fur et à mesure u’il s’en approche Et Cheerleader For Hire pendant ce temps là l’Amériue continue à se construire et à charrier des mythe.