The Spectator Bird

The Spectator Bird


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Paperback
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Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143105794
  • 224 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

Joe Allston is a 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, had not been his choice. He passes through life as a spectator.

A postcard from a friend causes Allston to return to the journals of a trip he had taken years before, a journey to his mother’s birth­place where he’d sought a link with the past. The memories of that trip, both grotesque and poignant, move through layers of time and meaning, and reveal that Joe Allston isn’t quite spectator enough.

The Spectator Bird

The Spectator Bird

Wallace Stegner, Introduction by: Jane Smiley

Awards

National Book Award – Winner

Praise

“It is the autobiographical nature of Stegner’s work . . . that makes it so compelling. In every novel, the narrator has all the gifts of language, empathy, and philosophy, but he nonetheless can never free himself from the torments of the past.”
-Jane Smiley, from the Introduction

“Elegant and entertaining . . . every scene [is] adroitly staged and each effect precisely accomplished.”
-The Atlantic

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