The Spectator Bird

The Spectator Bird

Book - 1976
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Joe Allston is a retired literary agent who is, in his own words, "killing time before 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. But a postcard from a friend causes him to return to the journals of a trip he had taken years before. The memories of that trip to his mother's birthplace move through layers of time and meaning, and reveal that Joe Allston isn't quite spectator enough.
Publisher: Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, 1976
ISBN: 9780385078900
Branch Call Number: FIC Steg
Characteristics: 214 p. ; 22 cm


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Jun 18, 2015

This Stegner book is the prequel to "All the Little Live Things", and introduces Joe Allston, thought to represent the writer. The book deals with aging, reflection, choices and regrets. Stegner is great with character development, and explores the relationship of Joe and his wife and the lives they have shared (and another relationship that was left unexplored).
This is descriptive, character-driven fiction.

Dec 11, 2010

1977 National Book Award - Fiction


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