By Wallace Stegner
Wallace Stegner's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a narrative of discovery--personal, historic, and geographical. constrained to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward units out to write down his grandparents' awesome tale, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the outside of America's western frontier. yet his learn unearths much more approximately his personal existence than he's keen to confess. What emerges is a captivating portrait of 4 generations within the lifetime of an American family.
Like different nice quests in literature, Lyman Ward's research leads him deep into the darkish shadows of his personal existence. the result's a deeply relocating novel that, throughout the prism of 1 kin, illuminates the yankee current opposed to the attention-grabbing historical past of its earlier.
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You've seen all three. » Casson shrugged. «For me there is no debate. » «I agree. The German is a bit old for this kind of thing now. Apart from a few jobs done for the surviving Nazis against the Israeli agents who pursue them, he doesn't seem to have done much in the political field. Besides his motivations against Jews are probably personal, therefore not completely professional. The South African may be all right chopping up nigger politicians like Lumumba, but that's a far cry from putting a bullet through the President of France.
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He had taken a small flat in Brussels, later a house further out of town, as his fortunes prospered from his thriving business as the source of illegal arms to half the underworld in Western Europe. By the early sixties he had the nickname L'Armurier, the Armourer. Any Belgian citizen can buy a lethal weapon, revolver, automatic or rifle, at any sports or gun shop in the country on production of a national identity card proving Belgian nationality. Goossens never used his own, for at each sale of the weapon and subsequent ammunition the sale is noted in the gunsmith's log-book, along with the name and 1D card number of the purchaser, Goossens used other people's cards, either stolen or forged.
Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner