Angle of Repose
- Hi all,<br><br>I have been on the list for some
time but never posted. Well, here I am.<br><br>I've
enjoyed the discussion re the relationship comparison and
generation gap. I read the book some time ago but have
always felt a bit unsatisfied with it for one reason.
<br><br>Although Stegner is trying to come to terms with the
pervasive generation gap of that day, the war in Viet Nam
is never mentioned. That, as far as I remember, was
the breaking point for most parent/child
relationships. It was certainly a point of contention. Drugs and
sex too, of course. Rock and roll was another item
high on the list. The generations seriously did *not*
understand each other.<br><br>I was 23 in 1971. I had lived
through the 60's as an aware and active teenager,
probably very similar in many respects to Shelly (although
I doubt I would have been as open about sex with my
elders) (g). I was involved one time (!) in an orgy. Used
drugs in a very limited way. Was peripherally involved
in the "hippie" thing. <br><br>If Shelly was
attending Berkeley, Stegner was using that to show her as a
part of that generation which was questioning
everything . All values were questioned. The war was a big
divisive issue, as were drug use and sex.<br><br>I felt
that Stegner should have at least mentioned some of
these points of contention. I certainly would have been
talking about them to him had I been Shelly. But perhaps
the point of the novel was to say that "in addition"
to Viet Nam and drugs there were great divides
between the generations.<br><br> He seems to focus on the
sexual and relationship differences. To his grandmother
you got married and stayed married no matter what. To
Lyman's gneration you get married and stay til the going
gets rough, to Shelly's you don't even make the
commitment to stay. <br><br>Rodman is simply a part of the
fallout. It may have been sex, drugs, Viet Nam, anything.
There were so many areas of contention and there were
*so many* baby-boomers that the older generation
truly felt that we (those lazy, "make love not war,"
drug-crazed, hippies) had taken over. (lol) And in sheer
numbers we may have. <br><br>Thanks for letting me air
that. I hadn't had it resolved in my mind why Stegner
omitted Viet Nam as an issue, or drugs. He seemed to
focus on the sex/relationship issues. But rethinking
this, it's clearer for me now.<br><br>becky
There's a long list of links that appears at the left of the screen
starting with "Home" and continuing until it gets down to "Calendar"
which is the second to last entry in the list.
I'm new here too but as I understand it there is an entry for the
Alexandria Quartet in March (and no entry so far for April) because
the group is going to be reading all four books of the series which
will take a while.
--- In modernlibrary100greatestbooks@y..., "missemilyophelia"
> Is there a current discussion calendar that someone can send tome?
> I poked around the website for a bit, and couldn't find one.