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Remembering Laughter
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on February 21, 2014
I confess to being a dyed-in-the-wall Wallace Stegner fan. "Angle of Repose" may just be the best-written book I've ever read, and in many ways, the semi-autobiographical "Big Rock Candy Mountain" is the saddest. His use of language and his deep understanding of the human condition make his books powerful and memorable.

"Remembering Laughter" certainly was a very auspicious beginning to Stegner's career. But it cries out for more. Written as a novella for a contest, it has a powerful beginning and ending, but the middle--the years of family emotion bottled up, corroding relationships and love, gets short shrift. I wish he'd tackled it again, building it into something more.

Still, if you're a fan, the story will resonate in your heart and the book belongs on your shelf.
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on July 24, 2016
Wallace Stegner is one of my most favorite writers. He can express a person's innermost thoughts and feelings with a poetic twist that wrings your heart. He is, without a doubt, one of the best writers in the world.
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on December 9, 2017
So long ago having read this book. Very dark book and really short enough to finish on a plane trip. It reminded me of The Mill in the Floss or even more, Madame Bovery. The disenchanted woman and how she copes with her life. Perhaps the women of today are more impatient and take matters into their hands, rather than put up with a rough stretch in life.

Still, there is something to be said about sticking it out and looking at a growth one achieves in hard times.
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on August 26, 2013
To start with, I love Wallace Stegner. Remembering Laughter only reinforces what a tremedous writer he is. He has such a languid feel to his writing. It just captives me and seems to spin me into his story web. Remembering Laughter is his first and is a novella. I usually dislike short stories and novellas but this book may cure me of that prejudice. Amazing what a young writer can do. Adding to the book is a short addendum that his wife Mary adds about the making of this book.
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on January 26, 2015
This one of my favorite Stegner works. If you enjoy reading Wally, please treat yourself by reading "Remembering Laughter". The influence of the older sister over the entire household is nothing short of amazing. She was able to suck the joy out of most situations without saying a word. Only Malcolm found the courage to break free!
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on December 12, 2015
Many of the themes that are prominent in later Stegner books are found in Remembering Laughter---loneliness,betrayal, repression. It is an absorbing book.
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on August 6, 2013
I discovered Stegner only recently and in addition to this one, have read four of his later novels. Great plot structure and use of language, but more importantly, wonderful development of believable - and mostly loveable - characters.
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on May 6, 2015
Stegner's first book and a neglected masterpiece. You will not be laughing when you finish it.
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on July 19, 2014
What can one say about Stegner? He is a genius and this book does not disappoint
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on September 29, 2015
A short but beautifully written story of love, family and how people can break themselves and each other. This is the first book I've read by this author but it won't be the last.
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