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Un giorno nella vita di Ira e Maggie Moran: un uomo e una donna, una comunissima coppia rifugiata in una media città americana come Baltimora. Ma questa è una giornata diversa dalle altre. La migliore amica di Maggie ha perduto il marito, e i coniugi Moran salgono in auto per raggiungere il luogo del funerale. Una breve distanza, che però assume ben presto un diverso signi ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1999 by TEA (first published January 1st 1988)
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Glenn Sumi
I finished reading Anne Tyler’s Breathing Lessons a week ago, but I found myself thinking about it a lot, especially during the recent holidays.

Tyler’s specialty is family and marriage, and while sitting down to countless meals, chatting with parents, siblings, in-laws, nieces, nephews, extended relatives and seeing little grievances and grudges pop up and then be gently patted back down, hearing current events be analyzed in smart or odd or even offensive ways, seeing patterns (some good, some
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K.D. Absolutely
Mar 28, 2012 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: Pulitzer
Shelves: pulitzer, drama
Breathing Lessons is about a couple, Maggie and Ira, who has been married for 28 years. Their son, Jesse, a father of a toddler, is facing a divorce. Their teenage daughter, Daisy is about to enter college so their house is now an empty nest.

Life is a journey and, for a spouse like me, marriage is that part of the journey where you are somebody paddling the boat with you. My daughter is also heading to college a couple of months from now. Although she will be still be staying with us, I know tha
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Did they really give her the Pulitzer for this thing?! How utterly appalling! This may qualify as the stupidest book I have ever read. I did not like even one of the characters. Not one! They were annoying and weak and petty.
I really wanted to hurl Maggie from the highest bridge just to get her to SHUT UP!
Dumb dumb dumb dumb story. Shouldn't have bothered to finish it, but I did. So...more fool me.
Nancy
Sep 09, 2012 Nancy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When reviewing books with others--whether in text-based or face to face discussions--I am always irritated when readers don't like a book because they "don't like" certain characters in the book. I want to remind them that a) these people are, umm, fictional and b) a diverse mix of characters drives a story, makes it interesting. The truly gifted author fashions characters with weaknesses and flaws as well as strengths and charming bits--the fun is in watching the interplay. When a reader doesn' ...more
Fabian
Jul 16, 2016 Fabian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We can essentially classify Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winners into three categories: the epic ("Age of Innocence," "Gone with the Wind," "Grapes of Wrath," "Confederacy of Dunces," "Lonesome Dove," "Amazing Adventures with Kavalier and Clay," "Middlesex"), the deeply personal ("Rabbit Is Rich," "Rabbit at Rest," "American Pastoral, "The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao," "Olive Kitteridge"), and the "personal epic" ("Beloved," "The Hours," "Interpreter of Maladies," "The Road," "A Visit from t ...more
Kim

This novel is a day in the life Maggie and Ira Moran, who have been married for 28 years. They start the day by attending a friend’s funeral and end it by dealing with the consequences of Maggie’s unstoppable impulse to involve herself in other peoples’ lives. Although the action of the novel is contained within that one day, the narrative explores the relationship between Maggie and Ira as they reflect upon their lives and their marriage.

Tyler is immensely skilled at creating memorable charact
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Helynne
May 20, 2009 Helynne rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed The Accidental Tourist so much that I was surprised that I found this book by Anne Tyler so much less enjoyable. Breathing Lessons won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 1989, which is a amazing honor. To tell you the truth, I can't really see that much merit in this book, although I will admit that Tyler's writing style is skillful. Nevertheless, this novel reminded me a little of Gustave Flaubert's philosophy when he began writing Madame Bovary. He said, "I want to write a book about ...more
Bev
Nov 29, 2008 Bev rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this one a while back but wanted to make sure I added it to my list to round out the other Tyler books I have read recently. This book is a perfect example of Tyler's gift for characterizing everyday, ordinary people as flawed yet endearing in their quirkiness. Yes, Maggie can be awfully irritating in her botched attempts to fix things in the lives of her loved ones, yet you can't help but love her for her sincerity and goodness of heart. Her relationship with her long-time husband Ira is ...more
Shay Caroline
Jun 30, 2013 Shay Caroline rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: stinkers
I needed something to read until the book I *really* want to read arrived in the mail, so I grabbed this old Anne Tyler off the shelf. I used to read Tyler a lot; I loved "The Accidental Tourist", liked "Saint Maybe" and "A Patchwork Planet", found "Celestial Navigation" almost unbearably sad, and had read eight of her novels all told.

Perhaps my tastes have changed, or I simply reached my limit. Maybe what I found endearing twenty-five years ago just annoys me now. In any event, "Breathing Less
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Nancy (NE)
May 11, 2013 Nancy (NE) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pulitzer in 1989. Bittersweet story of a family, a marriage, a woman's life, both humorous and tragic in its dreams unrealized. I needed breathing lessons when I was done. I wasn't sure whether to smile or cry. Tyler offers a glimpse of the poignant emotional depths of ordinary living. Maggie Moran is the pivotal character. One who doesn't see her husband or her children with the clearest lens. She sees them as she wants them to be, not as they really are. She is also one who tries to fix things ...more
Shane Malcolm
Flawless. Tyler is divine. She can break your heart, then have you roaring with laughter. I'm glad I saved this one for so long, and it was well more than worth the wait.
Jennifer (aka EM)
This is a wonderful, quiet but powerful book, with very rich characterization and an interesting structure. It uses a condensed "day-in-the-life" timeline divided into three parts. The first part is the drive to the funeral that Maggie and Ira attend told from Maggie's POV; the second part the drive home told from Ira's; the third part the coming together of themes and events that occur along the way.

I esp. enjoyed how Tyler explores the approach-avoid/love-hate terrain of relationships, where p
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Richard
. A novel. This book won Pulitzer Prize in 1988. Generally Pulitzer Prize winner’s books highlight some aspect of American Life. This book takes place in one day in Philadelphia area as a husband and wife travel by car to and from funeral of a friend. Various stops along the way and back highlight the dysfunction. The book consists of the conversations and actions of this husband and wife as they drive and the people they mix in with. They have a snotty high school senior daughter, and a divorce ...more
Vivien Fung
Apr 21, 2010 Vivien Fung rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Look, maybe my rating is too harsh. Maybe when I'm 50-something, with kids, and am too well-meaning to face actual facts and listen to what people are actually saying before coming to conclusions and jumping to action, and am too intrusively optimistic to tell things truthfully (choosing instead to dress facts up in order to needle people into doing what I think they need to do), and am too indignant to ever admit liability or fault for anything, I will enjoy this book.

Until then, 1.5/5 (no half
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Vale
Il romanzo di Anne Tyler, premio Pulitzer nel 1989, descrive la vita coniugale di Maggie e Ira Moran. La storia si snoda nell'arco di una giornata, ma è costellata di digressioni e flash back che educono il lettore sulla vita dei coniugi Moran e sui loro figli.
Si respira tanta tristezza in questo romanzo, Maggie, la protagonista, lotta con protervia affinché le cose cambino perché crede nei buoni sentimenti, mentre Ira, il marito neghittoso e disincantato, si esprime attraverso i testi delle ca
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Omer
Jul 25, 2013 Omer rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why did I even bother with this one? Perhaps because I thought the cover looked nice and dreamy. Birds - check. Infinity sign - check. A couple taking a roadtrip that allows them to view each other in a new light - check. All of it misleading. Remind me to not go for covers (which I think I will regardless).

I think I am not really the demographic this book is intended for, but boy was this a tough read. Somewhere around the middle, I actually skimmed through a couple-forty pages and still the pl
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Tamara
Jun 12, 2007 Tamara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
My favorite theme running through this book was the idea of "human wastefulness." It's not talking about physical wastefulness, but the idea that people waste so much time on things that don't matter. “For the past several months now, Ira had been noticing the human race’s wastefulness. People were squandering their lives, it seemed to him. They were splurging their energies on petty jealousies or vain ambitions or long-standing, bitter grudges. It was a theme that emerged wherever he turned, as ...more
Nevena
Jan 08, 2016 Nevena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
В тази книга няма фойерверки от думи, няма резки падения и възходи. Има едно тихо задълбаване в емоционалния свят на героите - тихо, но много дълбоко. Книга, която изравя драмата от уж скучното ни всекидневие. Романът влиза под кожата ти съвсем неусетно, но мен лично още ме държи във властта си. Накара ме да си задавам въпроси, които не си бях задавала, което е много за една книга. Много убедително навлизане в гледната точка на различни герои, наблюдаващи една и съща ситуация, а това е висш пило ...more
Marie Hertle
Jan 28, 2009 Marie Hertle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though I laughed aloud frequently, I noted the self-defeating ways people hinder relationships. For example, I was reminded of several people advising me to never allow children to come between the marriage relationship. Maggie seemed to fall for Jesse's sweet talk far too often. Also, in relating to their children, Maggie seemed to see them through rose-colored glasses, whereas Ira seemed to never have anything positive to say about Jesse. Obviously, both of them approached Jesse from opposite ...more
Irina
Dec 21, 2014 Irina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
За първи път чета Ан Тайлър и честно казано много ми хареса. Действието в романа се развива в рамките на един ден, който на всичкото отгоре започва с погребение. Главните герои са семейна двойка с почти 30-годишен брак зад гърба си. В никакъв случай не е някаква семейна драма. Романът е построен много елегантно, без никакви излишни сюжетни линии. Авторката много майсторски е успяла да пресъздаде целия им живот, описвайки един единствен ден, но през погледа и на двамата. Много откровен, без да се ...more
Lynai
Jul 21, 2012 Lynai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is just so real, it feels like I'm reading an autobiography. More detailed write up coming up.

***UPDATE!!!***

I first came to know about Anne Tyler when K.D., a fellow book lover, posted on a thread in The Filipino Group that this author is one of his favorites. K.D. recommended three of Anne Tyler’s books – Breathing Lessons, Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, and Accidental Tourist. I already have copies of the first two and on the hunt for the last one. I decided to read Breathing Le
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Vonia
So... this is the Pulitzer Prize Winning Masterpiece by Anne Tyler. I have to say I was greatly disappointed. In an interview, even Tyler herself said that she felt Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant was more deserving. Anyhow, this was a slice of life novel that examined Margaret & Ira's cutesy little marriage. I realize Margaret was supposed to be a lovable character but could not find it to be so. She was a woman I could not find endearing in any way. Even though I knew she meant well, I w ...more
Christina Green
Mar 25, 2015 Christina Green rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tyler did a brilliant job with her characters and their frustrating inabilities to communicate with one another. The action takes place during the course of a very long day but at the end of the novel you feel like you know these people and what will happen in their lives. Her characters are artfully constructed and her dialogue is wonderful.

I had this on my bookshelf for a long time, having started it many times, but I just couldn't get into it. Give it time. You'll be glad you did.

I gave it 4
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Heather(Gibby)
Feb 07, 2016 Heather(Gibby) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: src-winter-2016
This was the first Anne Tyler book I read, and I feel she really hits the mark in understanding her characters and able to reveal the superficial along with the deeper characteristics of their personalities. That does not mean I really liked all the characters in the book, but I loved Anne Tyler's way of showing rather than telling what is going on within a character.

The whole story takes place in one day, while Maggie and Ira to and from an close friend's funeral. /along the way their is quite
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Susan Johnson
Mar 13, 2014 Susan Johnson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe I finally finished this mish mash. I only listen in the car so you can see I don't drive much. I found the narrator so boring that she almost lulled me to sleep. I didn't care for the lead character, Maggie. She wasn't really of this world. She would change facts to suit her agenda. Then she had no idea how her actions effected people. I can not believe this drivel won a Pulitzer Prize. Maybe it was the narration.
Thor Balanon
Jul 21, 2016 Thor Balanon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the tiny, amazing details that make Tyler's character endearing.
Gazel
Mar 29, 2016 Gazel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Rachelle Urist
Jul 05, 2015 Rachelle Urist rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. It's even better than "An Accidental Tourist." Tyler writes with such seeming facility. She writes in the lingo of the educated and uneducated. She gets into the minds and souls of so many different types! The central figure in this book, Maggie, is a delightful and infuriating creature. Her insights and premonitions are almost always right. The methods she uses to "make things right" are usually wrong. Often as not, they backfire. But she helps us see the humanity of the worl ...more
Int'l librarian
This story is a bit like a Twinkie. I was expecting something more serious, more dense. Twinkies are dense in their own way, but there’s still all that fluff. A guilty pleasure for some, an invitation to sharp intestinal pain for others.

There are lots of funny moments. Maggie Moran, the ditzy doting meddling mom at the center of the story, is a queen of unintentional comedy. She exaggerates and lies and ignores the obvious, in an effort to rearrange everyone’s life to suit her rose-tinted visio
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Mandy
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Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She graduated at nineteen from Duke University and went on to do graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University. The Beginner's Goodbye is Anne Tyler's nineteenth novel; her eleventh, Breathing Lessons , was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts a ...more
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“I mean you're given all these lessons for the unimportant things--piano-playing, typing. You're given years and years of lessons in how to balance equations, which Lord knows you will never have to do in normal life. But how about parenthood? Or marriage, either, come to think of it. Before you can drive a car you need a state-approved course of instruction, but driving a car is nothing, nothing, compared to living day in and day out with a husband and raising up a new human being.” 19 likes
“Why did popular songs always focus on romantic love? Why this preoccupation with first meetings, sad partings, honeyed kisses, heartbreak, when life was also full of children's births and trips to the shore and longtime jokes with friends? Once Maggie had seen on TV where archaeologists had just unearthed a fragment of music from who knows how many centuries B.C., and it was a boys lament for a girl who didn't love him back. Then besides the songs there were the magazine stories and the novels and the movies, even the hair-spray ads and the pantyhose ads. It struck Maggie as disproportionate. Misleading, in fact.” 7 likes
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