Book of the Month: “Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner

A beautifully-written book in all aspects.  Here are a couple of my favorite passages:

“Seen in geological perspective, we are fossils in the making, to be buried and eventually exposed again for the puzzlement of creatures of later eras.  Seen in either geological or biological terms, we don’t warrant attention as individuals.  One of us doesn’t differ that much from another, each generation repeats its parents, the works we build to outlast us are not much more enduring than anthills, and much less so than coral reefs.  Here everything returns upon itself, repeats and renews itself, and present can hardly be told from past.” (p. 4)

“Long-continued disability makes some people saintly, some self-pitying, some bitter.  It has only clarified Sally and made her more herself.” (p. 8)

Yours in aging with class,
Jane

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2 Responses to Book of the Month: “Crossing to Safety” by Wallace Stegner

  1. Kathy says:

    This is a book I’ll put on my must read list. Thanks, Janie, for bringing to my attention.

    Kathy

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