Noah's Compass

Noah's Compass

Book - 2009
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From the incomparable Anne Tyler, a wise, gently humorous, and deeply compassionate novel about a schoolteacher, who has been forced to retire at sixty-one, coming to terms with the final phase of his life.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, 2009
ISBN: 9780385667777
0385667779
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 24 cm

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Gwen006
Jul 21, 2015

I'm afraid I have to agree with Joni. I usually enjoy Anne Tyler, but this book was boring and I found the protagonist pathetic and unlikeable. He needed to get a life. He did not, and the reader suffers.

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 17, 2014

Tyler's protagonist is an unsentimental emotionally detached survivor of two failed marriages. His relationships with his grown children have suffered from his inattentive nature and now he finds himself out of a job and the victim of a botched break-in while asleep in his new apartment. A curmudgeon with a heart that finally comes to life when he meets Eunice, a socially inept fashion disaster half his age. A funny, touching look at memory loss, aging, family life and the serendipitous nature of life and living.

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ownedbydoxies
Aug 30, 2014

Ann Tyler - there's just nobody like her and every single thing she's written is a wonderful thing to read and a warm, empathetic view of human-kind.

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LDPBLM
May 29, 2013

My dear Anne - you are such a good writer - your approach to your characters has changed , however . Gone are your funky , odd ball folks (Searching for Caleb , Accidental tourist ) and now we have us ordinary folk . Regardless , this was a good book

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Babalouis
Apr 03, 2013

This book was too much like everyday life...and a little boring. It does not take us anywhere interesting in terms of landscape or people. It was too mundane for me.

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uncommonreader
Mar 12, 2013

This is a novel about aging and memory. Not great; not bad.

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unJoCo
Jun 03, 2012

I always enjoy Anne Tyler--a descriptive style of everyday events.

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lindaamelia
Mar 16, 2012

I haven't read this yet but would like to.

sadiearivera May 27, 2011

This book was really slow. I thought the whole novel was cleverly summed up on the book jacket. I kept waiting for something else to happen.

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Jennmro
Apr 13, 2011

A quick read but not a lot seemed to happen. A lot of time spent thinking about how things made the main character feel, which is never my favorite. Well written though, and perhaps just better suited to someone else.

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sheri06 Dec 17, 2011

This was an enjoyable read..sweet and thoughtful! Loved the characters and the ending!

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