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Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler
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Aug 08, 10

Read in August, 2010

I guess I am missing something here. I don't know the relevance of the book title considering the story. Liam is in his 60s, losses his job, was married twice, once divorced and once widowed. He has three daughters but never really was a part of thier short he is a sad sack! Whe he loses his job he considers retirement and scales back on living expenses, not that he had much to scal back on. During his first night he is assualted in his new place and has no memory of the incident. He is obsessed by this loss of memory and does all he could to find a way to remember. He comes across a woman (the rememberer), Eunice, a bit his junior but someone he grows fond of. I forming a relationship wiht her she begins to forge a relationship with his younger daughter and his middle daughter's son, Jonah, his grandson. In a way Eunice helps him to "remember" what he missed out on in life and how important family is. Liam finds out that Eunice is married and ends the relationship but walks away with a new found appreciation for those he loves.
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Amy L. Campbell The compass refers to the last chapter in the book when Liam is discussing the story of Noah with his grandson, Jonah. It's mentioned that Noah didn't actually need any navigational tools since the entire world was flooded. Tyler is implying that Liam's lost memory is much like Noah's compass, it is a useful tool, but in the long run not necessary to Liam's journey.

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Fran Very interesting and of course makes much sense!

Sarra This is full of spoilers. You couldn't do your fellow readers a service and hide the review?

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