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Recapitulation

By: Wallace Stegner
Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
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Publisher's Summary

In this moving sequel to Big Rock Candy Mountain, Bruce Mason returns to Salt Lake City, not for his aunt's funeral but to encounter after 45 years the place he fled in bitterness. A successful statesman and diplomat, Mason had buried his awkward and lonely childhood and sealed himself off from the thrills and torments of adolescence to become a figure who commanded international respect.

But the realities of the present recede in the face of the ghosts of his past. As he makes the perfunctory arrangements for the funeral, we enter with him on an intensely personal and painful inner pilgrimage, meeting the father who darkened his childhood, the mother whose support was both redeeming and embarrassing, the friend who drew him into the respectable world of which he so craved to be a part, and the woman he nearly married.

In this profoundly moving book, Stegner has drawn an intimate portrait of a man understanding how his life has been shaped by experiences seemingly remote and inconsequential.

Public Domain (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Thank you

Probably the finest novel I’ve ever read. Beautifully narrated too

I wish I had met Wallace Stegner.

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Wonderful

A perfect conclusion to Big Rock Candy Mountain. A lovely, thoughtful and moving meditation on aging and the passing of time and the accumulated losses we experience.

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No stars for the horrid narrator.

I adore Wallace Stegner. His writing is stellar. But this narrator is so awful I’m stopping and buying the book. I often listen to fall asleep but his style is so slow and practically monastic that I’m too annoyed to listen nor sleep.

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Weak storyline with NO climatic moment

This is so difficult for me to write such a negative review. I’ve not yet written a poor book review. If you like hearing about someone’s boring childhood,with frequent 10 minute descriptions of the landscape, what someone was wearing... before getting back to the story and the characters, this book is for you. This story painfully drags on an on. I listened to more than half, waiting for the story to pick up before reading an online summary, only to find that it never picks up. Seriously painful.

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Waited for something to happen. Never did. Rich prose but described little of interest.

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Wallace Stegner never disappoints

I have to submit a review in contrast to the last in which Goldilocks notes that “nothing happens”.
I am a Wallace Stegner fan. Stegner’s stories are all about the inner human story.
If you are a fan of Stegner’s touching insightful narrative you will not be disappointed, particularly if you have already read Big Rick Candy Mountain.

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Excellent writing, but a lackluster story

The writing was beautiful, but the story wasn’t worth writing about. This is a beautifully written tale of an uninteresting, uneventful, sad
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unfairly Judging our family members

I believe Bruce was unfair to his father. As a veteran, one may never know what his father went through, and I believe in those early days you had to find your own path. with no bank loans, no family inheritance, Mr. Mason did what he could to keep a roof over his family head. But Bruce out of ignorance as a child and his mother's feelings refused to find a place in his heart for the old man.

that really saddens me, as I see signs of this gradually among family and friends. Do we unintentionally judge folks wrongfully? Can anyone really be a perfect human being? Glad he found a way to better himself.

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Excellent writer

Stegner had an unusual ability to use language to describe and explain. His sentences are rich and engaging. His story of the coming of age of a man in a complex and largely dysfunctional family is compelling.

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Big Rock Candy Part 2 but not

Trapped in memory the book feels weighted and heavy. Not very pleasurable. I LOVED Big Rock Candy Mountain and was so excited when I found out there was a sequel. So disappointed with the result.

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Disappointing

I felt this sequel lack the charm and detail of Big Rock Candy Mountain. It's timeline was muddled and often unclear. I'd have rather had more of Bruce's adult life than his childhood. He seemed to have nothing but regrets.