Look Homeward Angel (Paperback)

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The story of a young man, Eugene Gant, from a large dysfunctional family in Altamont North Carolina (a fictional Asheville), the novel is largely autobiographical, sharing many similarities with the life of its creator.  Wolfe’s rich, robust language is a pleasure to read.  The story begins with Eugene’s ancestors; his grandfather who settled in Pennsylvania, his father learned stonecutting and moved south, settling in North Carolina where he became something of a rambling drunk capable of delivering inventive soliloquies and a town character.  Eugene’s arrival on the scene is not lacking in drama.  The child is adored and soon begins having adventures.  What drives this novel is a love of language, words used beautifully.  It is also a brave coming of age story, Eugene’s quest for independence and resolution as he chooses which path he will walk in life. 

— Deon Stonehouse

Product Details
ISBN: 9780684176161
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Publication Date: May 1982
Pages: 576