full circle in the hundred acre wood


Thomas Wolfe’s first novel, Look Homeward, Angel, was published in 1929.  Wolfe was born in Asheville, North Carolina. Buck and I spent seven summers (and much of the time in-between) there between 1997 and 2004. The photo above was taken from our front porch. The photo below was taken from our back deck. Easy to see how a writer could get inspired at this altitude. We miss it.

I have just begun reading Look Hormeward, Angel. The regard or disregard with which it has been held has varied through the years since it was published. Have you read it? What do you think?

North Carolina sunrise 8-02

0 thoughts on “Look Homeward, Angel

  1. elizabeth says:

    I read it in college, and since I went to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the book meant the world to me. When I “reread” it many years later, I felt like it was a book meant to be read in youth — or at least the idealized youth. It just didn’t “hold up” for me in the same way that other great classics do. I’m interested to see how it resonates with you!


  2. I have never read it myself…looking forward to your review.
    And I am so jealous of your library card! If there is one thing I do miss living here in Japan, it’s access to libraries with books in English!!


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