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Noah's Compass: A Novel by Anne Tyler
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Noah's Compass: A Novel (original 2009; edition 2011)

by Anne Tyler

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Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down private school, so early retirement doesn't bother him. But he is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first night that he moved into his new, spare, and efficient condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged.… (more)
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Title:Noah's Compass: A Novel
Authors:Anne Tyler
Info:Ballantine Books (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 304 pages
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Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler (2009)

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I enjoyed this one immensely. I love Anne Tyler's characters. So quirky and likeable in their unlikeable-ness. ( )
  Tosta | Jul 5, 2021 |
Not as compelling as some of her other books, but as with any Anne Tyler novel, I always feel that I have genuinely gotten to know the main characters and feel richer for it. The picnic scene was touching. ( )
  Misprint | Aug 31, 2020 |
Consider this book a small break in transmission. One can read only so much about 1930s and 1940s Europe without respite.

Like the work of many good and bad writers, a Tyler book is something you slip into, she has her template. I continue to be amazed as what she does with it.

Every book is about the most ordinary people living the most ordinary lives, drab humdrum lives. Every book is hauntingly sad. But Tyler's touch is so deft, where other writers stamp their words on the page, making sure they are noticed, Tyler's float. And every now and then one suddenly stops and thinks, yes, that was the meaning of life just there, not trumpetted and fanfared - hel-lo reader, are you paying attention, I'm going to say something important now - but just a sentence, towards the bottom of a page, easy enough to miss altogether as you advance to the next.

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  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
Consider this book a small break in transmission. One can read only so much about 1930s and 1940s Europe without respite.

Like the work of many good and bad writers, a Tyler book is something you slip into, she has her template. I continue to be amazed as what she does with it.

Every book is about the most ordinary people living the most ordinary lives, drab humdrum lives. Every book is hauntingly sad. But Tyler's touch is so deft, where other writers stamp their words on the page, making sure they are noticed, Tyler's float. And every now and then one suddenly stops and thinks, yes, that was the meaning of life just there, not trumpetted and fanfared - hel-lo reader, are you paying attention, I'm going to say something important now - but just a sentence, towards the bottom of a page, easy enough to miss altogether as you advance to the next.

rest here:

http://alittleteaalittlechat.wordpress.com/2014/10/13/noahs-compass-by-anne-tyle...
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  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
Quite possibly the most boring thing I've ever read and yet... I finished it just to see if it was going to get any more exciting lol ( )
  nwieme | Mar 19, 2020 |
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Liam’s story is animated by all the homey little details of ordinary life that make Ms. Tyler’s narratives feel so intimate and recognizable, as if we were flipping through an album of snapshots belonging to a relative or neighbor. But his story also turns out to be slighter than Ms. Tyler’s best work, tipping over into the sentimentality she is prone to and eschewing the ambition of her last novel, “Digging to America.” Whereas that book opened out into a commodious meditation on identity and belonging — what it means to be part of a family, a culture, a country — this one devolves into a predictable and highly contrived tale of one man’s late midlife crisis.
 
Liam’s disengagement is a symptom of depression. And while novels are populated by the luckless and lovelorn, depressed people are not very funny, even when they do funny things.
 
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In the sixty-first year of his life, Liam Pennywell lost his job.
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Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down private school, so early retirement doesn't bother him. But he is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first night that he moved into his new, spare, and efficient condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged.

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Rakastettu tarinankertoja kuvaa koskettavasti ja tarkkanäköisesti rakkauden voimaa ja anteeksiantoa. Hiljainen ja muiden tahtoon alistuva Liam joutuu ennenaikaiselle eläkkeelle luokanopettajan virastaan. Huonontuneen rahatilanteen pakottamana hän muuttaa pienempään asuntoon, mutta joutuu heti ensimmäisenä yönä murtovarkaan mukiloimaksi. Aivotärähdyksen saanut Liam ei muista yön tapahtumista mitään. Hän saa kuitenkin avuntarjouksen neurologin vastaanotolla tapaamaltaan nuorelta naiselta. Eunice antaa yllättävän sytykkeen Liamin hiipuneeseen elämään. Samalla Liam joutuu pohtimaan suhdettaan menneisyydessä tekemiinsä valintoihin.
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