Thursday, March 24, 2011

Quote of the Week: The Big Rock Candy Mountain

You had to stay in a place to make it a home.  A home had to be lived in every day, every month, every year for a long time, till it was worn like an old shoe and fitted the comfortable curvatures of your life.
(page 236)

The Big Rock Candy Mountain
by Wallace Stegner
originally published 1943

The Big Rock Candy Mountain is my current audiobook, but with so many passages like this one, I ended up borrowing the paperback from  the library just to reread them.

17 comments:

  1. Oh, I'd love to read this - I recently loved Crossing to safety.

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  2. I love that quote...sounds like a great read!

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  3. Great quote. And I totally understand having to get the paperback. I hate when I love a quote in an audiobook and then can't find it.

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  4. What a beautiful quote. And the river -it is sooo frozen!

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  5. Fantastic quote - it would be perfect for a new home card, in fact I shall squirrel it away just for that time. Thank you!

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  6. What a great quote. I loved Angle of Repose, I can't believe I still haven't read any more Stegner. Curse the TBR pile!

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  7. Love that quote. Stegner is an excellent author IMO.

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  8. Verity - Crossing to Safety is one of my all-time favorites. I gave a copy to Claire when I met her, too. Have you review it yet, or did I miss it?

    Staci -I'm really enjoying this.

    Carol - This isn't the first time I've had to get a print copy of an audiobook. Lots of quotable passages in this one!

    Vivienne - Isn't that a great quote? It's been so cold this week, those cracks in the ice have frozen again :-(

    Joan Hunter Dunn - I thought the same thing, and will include this in the next new home card I send.

    Karen K. - I liked Angle of Repose, but I LOVED Crossing to Safety. Hope you get to read it one day... and I can totally relate to that TB pile.

    Diane - Stegner is one of my favorites!

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  9. What a beautiful quote! I'm going to have to check this book out.

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  10. Ooh, can't wait to hear how you like the audiobook! I'm always looking for good audiobooks, and this is a book I'd like to read. That's such a wonderful quote!

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  11. Erin - It is 20 CDs long, but I'm halfway there. Really enjoying it so far.

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  12. Love that quote! Is that really the cover? -- all rumpled up? Amazing.

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  13. This is such a great quote. It makes me want to pick up a book, any book by Wallace Stegner and start reading it now!

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  14. Georgia Girls - I'm listening to the audio so don't have that cover, but still think it's really great...

    Amy - This is a great audio! I want to read Crossing to Safety again this year.

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  15. Great passage. It must be awesome if you switched to parper!

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