A Patchwork Planet
Barnaby Gaitlin has been in trouble ever since adolescence. He had this habit of breaking into other people's houses. It wasn't the big loot he was after, like his teenage cohorts. It was just that he liked to read other people'...more
As I began to read this novel, I thought about days when I lived in the pages of Anne Tyler's novels. My trips to the library always took me to the same section, where I fingered the titles looking for favorite or unread novel...more
I CANNOT stand it when, 187 pages into a book, the main character takes a turn that you absolutely can't see them taking. You think you know a guy...
I had my doubts reading this, really. Its horribly written. Time passed too fast and scenes were over in a few pages, nothing was drawn out and no agreeing with a character over their choices. In fact, choices weren't reall...more
This book started out just fine. I started reading and found interesting characters, a pleasant writing style, and some very engaging dialogue. All good, right? Well, somewhere it took a turn, because I had to keep pushing myself to finish reading the darn thing.
Here’s the problem. I like what happens in a book to be meaningful in some way. I don’t want to read a bunch of random incidents that in no way help to impel the story forward. Anne Tyler has a habit of throwing a lot o...more
It's so easy to get jaded about books today - often the books touted on the bestseller lists are, well, less than impressive. Then comes along a book like A Patchwork Planet, reviving my delight in reading. Original characters, situations, problems - yet so relatable. Barnaby touched me with his impetuous kindnesses, his slid...more
A Patchwork Planet is the story of a sort of grown-up misfit who's trying to overcome his past. It's told in the first person, which I always enjoy. (Remember The Rainmaker by John Grisham? Great opening line: "...more
It's just sort of there: sequences of words on pages, with some vague plot and occasional insight thrown in occas...more
"The novel is narrated with 29-year-old Barnaby, whose life has gone off the rails since he was caught robbing neighborhood homes as an adolescent. To the despair of his distant father, his social-climbing mother, his chilly ex-wife and his prematurely patriarchal brother, Barnaby now works for a company called Rent-a-Back, doing odd jobs for elderly clients. He also waits, without much hope, for a visitation from the Gaitlin angel, who first suggested to Barnaby's great-gra...more
The first time around, though I could see his good points, Barnaby exasperated me. I was annoyed with his passivity and lack of self-awareness. I was annoyed by his willful self-hatred: Why did he fixate on the insults and put-downs o...more
I loved the stories about the old people he did chores for as part of his employment...but at the same time I could see the sadness in their lives, even if they were entertaining to read about.
At times Mrs. Gaitlin manner is too much for a sensible mother. Also Sophia’s “definiteness” is not visible throughout but sort of...more
BTW, I read she thought Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant was her best work. I didn't think that at...more
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