Wolf Willow

Wallace Stegner Page Stegner

Wolf Willow

Wolf Willow

  • Title: Wolf Willow
  • Author: Wallace Stegner Page Stegner
  • ISBN: 9780141185019
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Paperback

Wallace Stegner weaves together fiction and nonfiction, history and impressions, childhood remembrance and adult reflections in this unusual portrait of his boyhood Set in Cypress Hills in southern Saskatchewan, where Stegner s family homesteaded from 1914 to 1920, Wolf Willow A History, a Story a Memory of the Last Plains Frontier brings to life both the pioneer cWallace Stegner weaves together fiction and nonfiction, history and impressions, childhood remembrance and adult reflections in this unusual portrait of his boyhood Set in Cypress Hills in southern Saskatchewan, where Stegner s family homesteaded from 1914 to 1920, Wolf Willow A History, a Story a Memory of the Last Plains Frontier brings to life both the pioneer community and the magnificent landscape that surrounds it This Twentieth Century Classics edition includes a new introductory essay by Page Stegner.

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"The plain spreads southward below the Trans-Canada Highway, an ocean of wind-troubled grass and grain. It has its remembered textures: winter wheat heavily headed, scoured and shadowed as if schools of fish move in it; spring wheat with its young seed-rows as precise as combings in a boy's wet hair; gray-brown summer fallow with the weeds disked under; and grass, the marvelous curly prairie wool tight to the earth's skin, straining the wind as the wheat does, but in its own way, secretly." Steg [...]

Description: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Wallace Stegner's boyhood was spent on the beautiful and remote frontier of the Cypress Hills in southern Saskatchewan, where his family homesteaded from 1914 to 1920. In a recollection of his years there, Stegner applies childhood remembrance and adult reflection to the history of the region to create this wise and enduring portrait of a pioneer community existing on the verge of a modern world.The geologist who surveyed southern Saskatchewan in the 18 [...]

This book has no right to be so absorbing. Though the topic of this forgotten book by Wallace Stegner reeks of self-indulgence-- A writer returns to where he grew up, reminisces about his youth and the history of the frontier town his transient childhood most identified as home and concludes with a 100-page fictionalized account of a the terrible winter of 1906-- he manages to tie his past inexorably to ours, linking his nostalgia for his youth with our own, and exploring the promise and inevita [...]

This wonderful collection of essays and fiction about the last Western frontier is both romance and anti-romance. Writing in the 1950s, Stegner captures the breath-taking beauty of the unbroken plains of southwest Saskatchewan and the excitement of its settlment at the turn of the century. Part memoir, the book recounts the years of his boyhood in a small town along the Whitemud River in 1914-1919, the summers spent on the family's homestead 50 miles away along the Canadian-U.S border. His book [...]

WOLF WILLOW. (1962). Wallace Stegner. ****.This book by Stegner consists of a collection of essays previously published in a variety of magazines and journals. Stegner managed to edit them so that they became a coherent whole, but there were significant differences in style among them depending on the subject of each. Aside from that, this was a marvelous “…history, a Story, and a Memory of the Last Plains Frontier.” What he did was to select the spot in Canada where his father chose to ho [...]

I don't know why it took me so long to get through this. I liked itI think it was because the chapters were too long for it to be an effective bedside table book. I kept falling asleep, no fault of the book. I chose this because I like Stegner's writing and this is kind of in the world of my studies - it's about his childhood right on the border between Saskatchewan and Montana. He writes about existing in two worlds, in a way. In the winter they lived and went to school in town, celebrated Cana [...]

As a westerner madly in love with mountains, deserts and history of my homeland, I'm a little embarrassed to admit that I haven't delved much into Wallace Stegner. I've read a tiny bit of his non-fiction, and none of his novels, but everybody who's anybody west of the 100th meridian knows all about this guy and recommends himAnd now I think I get it. Stegner nails the "sense of place" thing with this one, a combination of history and memoir, with an unforgettable novella dropped in smack dab in [...]

Wolf Willow is a personal memoir by Wallace Stegner, whose fiction and non-fiction writings capture a deep sense of the western places he called home during the early part of his life. The book takes its title from a willow particular to the Cypress Hills, the area of southern Saskatchewan where Stegner spent part of his early years. Unlike many memoirists and fiction writers from small, rural towns, Stegner writes not as one who was cynical and embitterered by the experience. Rather, he recogni [...]

I wish I could remember the name of every author and every book I've ever read. I can't. My memory is reliable for about a year's worth of reading. After that only the most remarkable books (good and bad) stick. To aid my memory I have a list of everything I've read going back to 1987. Despite my list keeping I'm still surprised sometimes when I "rediscover" an author. I've mentioned this happening with Neil Gaiman and now it's happened with Wallace Stegner.Wallace Stegner was a Canadian author [...]

“Desolate? Forbidding? There was never a country that in its good moments was more beautiful. Even in drouth or dust storm or blizzard it is the reverse of monotonous, once you have submitted to it with all the senses. You don’t get out of the wind, but learn to lean and squint against it. You don’t escape sky and sun, but wear them in your eyeballs and on your back. You become acutely aware of yourself. The world is very large, the sky even larger, and you are very small. But also the wor [...]

I almost quit reading this so many times! It took me 7 months to get through it, though it's only 300 pages. I was quite bored with much of it. I think the only reason I persevered was because it was Wallace Stegner, and I love his other stuff. The man can really write. This book is part historical fiction, part memoir, and part historya rather eclectic and unpleasant mix for me. I like to keep fact and fiction distinctly separate, because I hate having to guess which is which. It has an odd for [...]

When I describe this book to my friends I talk about the beauty of the language, the lyricism of the story, and liken it to watching a three-hour movie filled with beautiful scenery that makes you ache, but still, it's a movie of scenery.That's not to say I didn't love Wolf Willow. I found it to be gorgeous and once I figured out what the format was and learned to appreciate the description, metaphors, and the insights into the lives of those who live on the Great Plains, I really started to get [...]

A quiet and remarkable tome comprising an unusual range of styles in fiction, essays, and historical musings. I was not able to read every word as some of the subject matter went beyond the bounds of my interest in prairie life. However, the first few chapters as well as some of the fiction and the epilogue contained some of the most meaningful prose I've ever read. Given the sensitivity and incisiveness of his writing, I am puzzled that Wallace Stegner is not more commonly mentioned in conversa [...]

Wallace Stegner is the Pulitzer-prize winning author of Angle of Repose, a novel I've been meaning to read for years. Wolf Willow is a hard book to categorize given that it is part memoir of Stegner's boyhood growing up on the remote frontier of the Cypress Hills and the town of Whitemud in southern Saskatchewan, part history of the region, and part fiction with a brilliant novella, Genesis taking up the middle portion of the book describing the harsh winter of 1906-1907 and the cowboys' torment [...]

The short story embedded in the middle of Wolf Willow by Wallace Stegner is now one of my favorite short stories. And, the rest of the book, which was first published in 1955, is one of the best I've read during the past year.Stegner spent part of his growing-up years in the small town of Eastend, Saskatchewan in the northern Great Plains just east of the Cypress Hills. In Wolf Willow, Stegner creates the fictional town of Whitemud, Saskatchewan as the surrogate setting for his remembrances.The [...]

I wish had caught the scent of wolf willow as I was immersed in this work of Wallace Stegner. I have never smelled wolf willow, so ubiquitous in Stegner's West, on the East Coast. Yet, this book transported me to the plains - raw and indescribably open to the elements.This book - a blend of a memoir, history, and novella - is a deep-in-the-bones reflection of the history of Europeans in the West. It seems impossibly recent - just a little over 100 years ago. And yet we know that it is overlaying [...]

Stegner can really write beautifully.In this book he talks about the place he grew up in and he focuses on several very different points in history in that location. Most are wonderful and I couldn't put them down, but there was one that really dragged on for me.This brought back so much to me about growing up on a ranch and living in a small town. If it hadn't been for the one section, I would have given this book an enthusiastic 5 stars. I probably should have, as that section was well-written [...]

Difficult read, but beautifully written. This is a book that needs to be read slowly and I'd say 2-3x to be able to fully absorb the history and story within it.

This was an insightful view into life on the last western frontier. It was a little difficult at times but worth it.

Being from Southwest Saskatchewan, and having descended from a vast array of prairie settlers, I was drawn to “Wolf Willow” for nostalgic reasons. Similar to “Nellie McClung” by Charlotte Gray, Stegner’s work helped me to envision what life was like for my forebears whether they had suffered deprivation or were well-to-do. As a history curious kid, Fort Walsh was always my favourite haunt whether in comparison to Mt. Rushmore, the ghost towns of British Columbia or Writing-on-Stone-Par [...]

First published in 1962, this "memoir" is part history, part biography, part story of the relationship between peoples and landscape. It is an account the Cypress Hills, in southwestern Saskatchewan, where Stegner lived as a young boy, moving there when his father homesteaded a quarter of a section of land for wheat farming 1914. Stegner was five. Drought killed his father's dreams of becoming a wheat farmer, and by 1920 the family moved to Great Falls, Montana then to Salt Lake City. This colle [...]

Wolf Willow book is a memoir, history, and novel piled into one. I think I saw it called a "librarian's nightmare" one time. The brilliance of the technique is that straddling these three styles best conveys to the reader what it is/was like living in a certain place. Stegner speaks about his memories in revisiting a town where he lived for awhile as a child; he also pulls in all sorts of interesting facts about American Indians in the region, wolfers, mounties, settlers, and topographers to com [...]

I began reading this "autobiography" with great anticipation and was not disappointed. Stegner had already proven himself to me as a master storyteller when it came to portraying the spirit and hardships of the westward-bound pioneers of North America in his earlier autobiographical novel The Bis Rock Candy Mountain (1943) and his later Pulitzer-Prize winning biographical novel Angle of Repose (1971). This book is considered his non-fiction autobiography, though it, too, is a wonderful mixture [...]

I've always considered Wallace Stegner one of America's best authors. This book only confirmed my admiration of his writing. It's a book about a place--a place where the author lived, and a place with a colorful history. Stegner wrote of the tumultuous history of the native peoples in northern Montana and southern Saskatchewan who were caught up in trying to maintain their homeland in the face of European settler expansion, of the U.S. and Canadian surveying of the 49th parallel, the Hudson Bay' [...]

Wolf Willow Viking Press, 1955 Penguin Books (New York, London; 1990) Stegner, Wallace Earle (1909 - 1993)As an adjunct to the HIST431 course the book has merit. I especially enjoyed the opening pages where Stegner turns some memorable phrases: "rattle the eyes in your head" (p. 3) and "In a jumpy and insecure childhood where all masculine elements are painful or dangerous, sanctuary matters." (p. 22). So far so good. Then the author abruptly veers into Louis L'amour Land specifically in the cha [...]

I find this book hard to review because Stegner is one of my favorite authors. The writing, as always, is stellar, way more than a 5 rating. The subject matter was varied here as the book is partly autobiographical and partly history. The author wanted a history, which he seemed to think he didn't have, so he returned to his boyhood home in Saskatchewan, Canada, just over the US border, to a time when the area on both sides of the border was mostly wilderness and a difficult place to live. Throu [...]

Wallace Stegner is one of my top 10 favorite writers (don't ask me who the others are--I haven't thought that far ahead). In this book, Stegner returns to Saskatchewan where he lived as a child from 1914 to 1920. He wants to substantiate his childhood memories and learn about the area's impact on his life. He goes farther than his own memories by interviewing other people and researching the area. His insights are powerful. This book really made me think.The reason I only gave it 4 stars is beca [...]

This is a book of memoirs and loosely constructed stories inspired by the landscape and history of a vast area of prairie that straddles what is now the Canada-U.S. border: Alberta, Saskatchewan, Montana - including the Milk River (where the author's family homesteaded in the early years of the 20th century) and the Cypress Hills. Wolf Willow was a real find for me, because the neurons in my brain start firing madly when I encounter a landscape with a vivid sense of place and of history - especi [...]

Thanks to John at Bonners Books for this book. Wallace spent several years of his youth living around Cypress Hills in Saskatchewan on the Montana and Alberta borders. The book is part memoir, part Canada History and part novella. The memoir and the history happily intermingle.I loved the memoir parts since my parents grew up in Alberta and this summer we spent an afternoon trying to find the my grandfather's and later my uncle's farm. I also enjoyed Wallace's take on Canadian - actually western [...]

I have decided to call this a biography of a place. Wallace Stegner spent some very formative years growing up in a small town and homestead just north of the US-Canadian border. The town that Stegner calls Whitemud (actually Eastend, Saskatchewan) is just forming as he arrives with his family in about 1915. The outer shell of the book is his return as an adult. Then a layer of his family's experiences. The next layer is the history of the area--from the geology, to the arrival of the horse and [...]

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