All The Little Live Things

All The Little Live Things

Book - 1967
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Joe Allston, the retired literary agent of Stegner's National Book Award-winning novel, The Spectator Bird , returns in this disquieting and keenly observed novel. Scarred by the senseless death of their son and baffled by the engulfing chaos of the 1960s, Allston and his wife, Ruth, have left the coast for a California retreat. And although their new home looks like Eden, it also has serpents: Jim Peck, a messianic exponent of drugs, yoga, and sex; and Marian Catlin, an attractive young woman whose otherworldly innocence is far more appealing--and far more dangerous.
Publisher: c1967.
ISBN: 9780140154412
Branch Call Number: FICTION STE


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Jun 28, 2016

I loved this book. Head over heels in love with this book - the writing is absolutely beautiful and I think it provides apt commentary on both the hippy crowd of the 60's as well as their counterparts. I loved that this book told such a large story through the inanities of daily life.

Jun 15, 2015

Wallace Stegner is a master of character development. This title tends to be a bit dated, set in the sixties, but the conflict between generations is timeless. Stegner brings you close to the characters, and the plot develops subtly in the background. The denouement is moving, dark and unexpected. This is one of those reads that ended too soon and left me thinking for weeks.
Note that this is a sequel to "The Spectator Bird", with the same main couple, but can stand alone.
Recommended for Californians, children of the sixties and Stegner fans.

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