The Spectator Bird By Wallace Stegner, The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner The Spectator Bird is a short novel by Wallace Stegner that won the National Book Award in A profound novel with a much simpler story than Angle of Repose There are only four characters of any importance in The Spectator Bird and one could make a case that only three are essential. The Spectator Bird Wallace Wallace Stegner s is one of the most beguiling voices of the era, and The Spectator Bird is one of his most appealing works Jane Smiley, from the introduction A fabulously written account of regret, memory and the subtleties and challenges of a long successful marriage. The Spectator Bird The Spectator Bird is a novel by Wallace Stegner It won the US National Book Award for Fiction in The book tells the story of retired literary agent Joe Allston, who receives a postcard from an old friend, a Danish countess named Astrid Joe initially hides the postcard from his wife, Ruth. The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner, Paperback Barnes The Spectator Bird . out of based on ratings reviews Guest More than year ago I thought that this was one of the best books that I have read recently While I am younger than the narrator, he muses about many issues related to aging and fulfillment that I an beginning to consider There are a number of beautiful and or profound The Spectator Bird Summary eNotes The Spectator Bird by Wallace Stegner is about Joe Allston He is years old, difficult to deal with, and a former literary agent who has no goals in life He considers himself a spectator in THE SPECTATOR BIRD by Wallace Stegner Kirkus Reviews Stegner picks up some years later with Joe and Ruth Allson of All the Little Live Things and paraphrases some of the themes of that book as well as the later Angle of Repose In particular the irreconcilables between generations you ll remember the death of their son and the fact of growing old alone with the worst of life, crabbed by than arthritis.
This tour de force of American literature and a winner of the National Book Award is a profound, intimate, affecting novel from one of the most esteemed literary minds of the last century and a beloved chronicler of the West Joe Allston is a cantankerous, retired literary agent who is, in his own words, just killing time until time gets around to killing me His parentsThis tour de force of American literature and a winner of the National Book Award is a profound, intimate, affecting novel from one of the most esteemed literary minds of the last century and a beloved chronicler of the West Joe Allston is a cantankerous, retired literary agent who is, in his own words, just killing time until time gets around to killing me His parents and his only son are long dead, leaving him with neither ancestors nor descendants, tradition nor ties His job, trafficking the talent of others, has not been his choice He has passed through life as a spectator, before retreating to the woods of California in the 1970s with only his wife, Ruth, by his side When an unexpected postcard from a long lost friend arrives, Allston returns to the journals of a trip he has taken years before, a journey to his mother s birthplace where he once sought a link with his past Uncovering this history floods Allston with memories, both grotesque and poignant, and finally vindicates him of his past and lays bare that Joe Allston has never been quite spectator enough.