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The Big Rock Candy Mountain (Penguin Classics) (original 1943; edição 2010)

por Wallace Stegner (Autor)

Séries: Bruce Mason (1)

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Bo Mason, his wife, and his two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks his fortune in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running throughout the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest. Based largely on his own childhood, Stegner has created a masterful, harrowing saga of a family trying to survive during the lean years of the early twentieth century. It is the conflict between the hardscrabble existence and Bo's pursuit of the frontier myth and of the American dream that gives the book such resonance and power.… (mais)
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Título:The Big Rock Candy Mountain (Penguin Classics)
Autores:Wallace Stegner (Autor)
Informação:Penguin Classics (2010), Edition: Revised, 656 pages
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This book describes a family but I learned a long way about my own life. I am not American, never lived in Dakotas didn't live during prohibition, don't have a brother and yet! ( )
  Lapsus16 | Aug 24, 2020 |
Stegner's semi-autobiographical novel is a masterpiece of fiction about the men and women who settled the American West. It is character-driven fiction with a strong sense of place. The characters are the children of pioneers who have inherited their their ancestors drive for home and opportunity and as well as their violence and resilience. ( )
  martitia | Jul 5, 2020 |
The Big Rock Candy Mountain. Wallace Stegner. 1943. The quarantine has been a blessing in that I am reading from my TBR bookcase, and this is another gem! I have loved every book I have read by Stegner. Big Rock Candy Mountain is a family saga based partially on Stegner’s own family. Bo Mason is a larger-than-life husband and father who took his wife and sons all over the western US and Canada for dreams, deals, and jobs that were always going to make him rich but never did. These schemes were rarely legal, and Elsa’s dreams of a permanent home and respectability were never realized; but she continued to follow him and never quit loving him, much to the dismay of his sons. Stegner’s insights into family life, marriage in particular, always amaze me. The casual cruelty to both people and animals is upsetting so this book isn’t for everyone. ( )
  judithrs | Apr 29, 2020 |
A Book From An Author You Love That You Havenʼt Read

The Big Rock Candy Mountain is a reminder of what fiction was immediately before postmodernism. It is the saga of one family, the Masons, told in straight-forward narrative, the events of which hew to an overarching authorial theme. The type of story Steinbeck told in The Grapes of Wrath and East of Eden.

Although the book opens with Elsa Norgaard, a proper young lady of nineteen, as she flees her Minnesota home and her father's recent marriage to her best friend, its true protagonist is the man Elsa marries, Harry "Bo" Mason. Bo is the archetype of the American spirit, a handsome, athletic and brash man with big dreams who is willing to cut corners to achieve them. Their thirty-year story is a tale of struggle and failure, a long downward slide from the respectability and idealism of youth that wears you down along with them. At first, it angers you that Bo can never get a break, that he is his own worst enemy as he endlessly uproots his family in search of the big money. In the end, you lose all sympathy for him, you become his sons who despise him. But simultaneously you are his wife who understands him, who loves the best part of him. You have seen the disaster coming for years, and when it finally arrives you are like Bruce, his youngest son, wanting to be rid of Bo forever but unable to break cleanly away. It is Bruce who enunciates Stegner's perspective, writing in his journal that "the understanding of any person is an exercise in genealogy," an elegant restatement of the adage about walking a mile in a man's shoes.

There's an article on bookforum.com touting Don DeLillo's Nobel worthiness. I would argue that Stegner is as (if not more) deserving. As in his other works that I've read (Angle of Repose, Crossing to Safety and The Spectator Bird), his writing is both accessible and intelligent, replete with references and allusions to other well- and lesser-known works (in this instance "The Charge of the Light Brigade" and You Know Me, Al, for example). The details that flesh out his characters and their culture are provided without explanation; they assume a familiarity with the times on the part of his readership that distances him from the narrative as an author as though you were in an art gallery without the curator's descriptions of the paintings and sculptures, interpreting them on your own without recognizing his role in presenting them to you. ( )
2 vote skavlanj | Apr 4, 2020 |
This book is as close to the great American novel as any that I have read. Kept me glued to the covers day after day as I traveled thru Peru (of all places!). I wish the ending had been a bit cleaner, however. I felt that, much like The Angle of Repose, the ending of the book was rush and a bit too philosophical....let the reader do the philosophizing! Easily, the two best characters in the book were Bo and Elsa....the kids were two pieces of work. A result of the parents? Maybe, but I had absolutely no sympathy for crybaby Bruce or his rock stubborn brother. Whatever the faults of the parents, and I'm not so sure I would classify them that way, at least they had the gumption to motivate themselves to live their lives....something the sons couldn't seem to do. And, personally, for the times, I see nothing wrong with Bo's lifestyle, that "home" business of Elsa'a and Bruce's is a bit to claustrophobic for me.... ( )
  untraveller | Jan 13, 2019 |
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Bo Mason, his wife, and his two boys live a transient life of poverty and despair. Drifting from town to town and from state to state, the violent, ruthless Bo seeks his fortune in the hotel business, in new farmland, and, eventually, in illegal rum-running throughout the treacherous back roads of the American Northwest. Based largely on his own childhood, Stegner has created a masterful, harrowing saga of a family trying to survive during the lean years of the early twentieth century. It is the conflict between the hardscrabble existence and Bo's pursuit of the frontier myth and of the American dream that gives the book such resonance and power.

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