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Morgan's Passing

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  3,930 Ratings  ·  112 Reviews
Morgan Gower has an outsize hairy beard, an array of peculiar costumes and fantastic headwear, and a serious smoking habit. He likes to pretend to be other people - a jockey, a shipping magnate, a foreign art dealer - and he likes to do this more and more since his massive brood of daughters are all growing up, getting married and finding him embarrassing. Then comes his f ...more
Published November 5th 1987 by Vintage (first published 1980)
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May 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It had been so long since I read Anne Tyler, I began to miss her. So I decided to reread Morgan’s Passing because it’s one of the books I least remember, likely because this book isn’t so much a well-plotted story as it is a great character study of protagonist, Morgan Gower. But this is typical of Anne Tyler’s work, as she has been known to admit, though she does not do many interviews.

Morgan’s Passing is similar to The Accidental Tourist (the better of the two books) in that both main characte
Sep 17, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
My least favourite Anne Tyler book so far combining two of my pet peeve story lines: 1) infidelity and 2) young, beautiful, bright woman ending up with a mentally-unstable, crusty old man. Still well-written.
Laila (BigReadingLife)
Anne Tyler is so good. She's not everyone's cup of tea, but I just love reading her novels. They're quirky. Morgan irritated me somewhat at first, but then he grew on me. What I like about Tyler is that she deals with people who seem *almost* real, but they're just a little bit off. And they get into situations that feel *almost* familiar, but not quite something that you would ever experience. Yet the emotions ring true.
Adam Wilson
Morgan's Passing was a disappointment for me personally, but I bet a lot of Anne Tyler fans would enjoy it. She is definitely an author that has her own style and it is

easy to see in this book, but the story lacks the brilliantly odd characters of The Accidental Tourist or the emotional plot of Dinner At The Homesick Restaurant. It

didn't take me long to lose interest in pretty much everything about this novel and once I lose interest, it is hard for me to get back into the story. I rarely give
Feb 24, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Elizabeth (Alaska)
I really like Anne Tyler, so I was too stubborn to give up on this, though I considered it several times. Morgan Gower is possibly the most eccentric character I've encountered. They say some people march to the beat of a different drummer. I think Morgan Gower listened to a drumbeat in an alternate reality. And, truly, I didn't especially care one way or the other.

Sarah Obsesses over Books & Cookies
Okay I started this book about a month ago and then put it down a few times until I put it down for what I thought was forever. I thought it started off interesting. I liked the Meredeth's story and I was wondering when Morgan came into the story. Then he did. As an imposter....or a chameleon or something. It was unhinged, i thought. I think he was the one who mentioned something about things not making sense or being unsettled and that's exactly how I felt about the story. But then like books s ...more
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having read several Anne Tyler books, I know her writing style and the types of stories and characters she creates, but this book was just weird. Not one her best, in my opinion. I guess that Morgan should be the main character since his name is in the title, but he didn't seem nearly as developed or real as Emily. For me, the best parts of this book were Emily: her feelings about motherhood, marriage, her upbringing, and the life she ultimately leads. The puppets were fun to read about, and con ...more
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Thus far I always love reading Ann Tyler. She makes flawed characters come to life and makes the reader think about them in a new way. Not sure how to describe this one. I enjoyed this book but for the first time with a Tyler book, I really didn’t like the main characters. I thought the hero in this book was creepy and yet similar to people you pass on the street each day. I did however have to look at his thinking from a different angle. It makes you wonder about the common and sometimes irrita ...more
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I love Anne Tyler -- that's a given. But this book, which I originally missed and just read now, rounded out a summer of no favorites. Morgan, it would seem, is supposed to be wonderfully eccentric, but I found him creepy, a stalker, and a ne'er-do-well. Leon was off-putting too, as were the puppets. I read the whole thing, but it was with great relief that the curtain finally fell on the entire cast of uninteresting characters.
Somewhat disappointing, because I absolutely love most of Anne Tyler's novels. I really disliked the main character and my rating is therefore rather subjective, because I do think it was a well crafted book.
Amanda Wells
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About halfway through this book it occurred to me that the narrative style of this book reminded me very much of a book I read (and loved) earlier this year - A Spool of Blue Thread. So I looked that book up on Goodreads, and lo and behold it was also by Anne Tyler. That explains that!

I very much enjoyed this book. The character studies are wonderful. And I love the way that people just get on with things. They aren't emotionless, but life still happens. It feels very true to my experience of li
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, what can I say about this book? It is really good. It was my first book by Anne Tyler, and for me it was like good "culture shock". It is written with lot of sense, humour and love. If you never had ridden Anne Tyler, "Morgan's Passing" will be an ideal variant to start!

/Sorry for mistakes/
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love everything Anne Tyler writes. This story is of a hardware store clerk with seven daughters, and a rich imagination. He falls in love with a young married woman. Wonderful story.
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the characters, even Morgan with all his quirkiness, good story.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fairly hard going as the characters were not especially likeable.
Angela Davies
Mar 03, 2017 rated it did not like it
I didn't actually finish this book - never happened before with other books by this author. I'm afraid I found it dull, tedious and with characters I didn't care about. I always used to plough on to the end with books but life's too short and there are so many more books to read.
Kommt mit ins Urlaubsgepäck. Ob ich all die Bücher schaffe? Im Zug sitze ich ja lange genug...

So, jetzt bin ich durch. Hat ja lange genug gedauert ;-)
Morgan, die Hauptfigur des Romans, ist ein Mensch wie man sie sich gerne mehr in unserer Gesellschaft wünschen würde. Aber nur nicht als Ehemann!! :-)
Er liebt es, sein Leben in verschiedenen Rollen zu leben und unterstreicht die Wahrhaftigkeit dieser Existenzen noch durch entsprechende Verkleidungen. Seine Familie hat gelernt damit umzugehen, viell
May 05, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Anne Tyler novel, but they are all masterful. This one has a 'Hanna and Her Sisters' twist.

I hope she comes out with a new one before long, but until she does I will just have to reread all her others for the fourth time. As I just did Morgan.

This time through I realize that the Bonny character is autobiographical. She resembles Ms. Tyler from the physical description, and at one point she admits she intends to write this story (a tip-off I did not remember).

Bonny is not the main cha
Jun 27, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Anne Tyler's novels. Her characters are often odd, quirky and off beat. In this story, Morgan Gower, the protagonist is all of those things and more. I found him to be quite repulsive as well, which is the reason for my 3 star rating - which makes the rating subjective, I know. I think the writing is well crafted, in Anne Tyler style, but I just didn't like the character, Morgan, nor were any of the other characters likeable in the least, for me.

Morgan is a 45 year old man, so really not
Sarah Sammis
Jun 21, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: released
I picked up a copy of Morgan's Passing on the mistaken impression that I had read another of Anne Tyler's books and enjoyed it. Having gone through my records I realize that I must have been mistaken. Nonetheless, I'm glad that I took a chance and read the book.

Morgan's Passing refers to Morgan's passing into old age and of his obituary that he reads in the paper, put there by his ex wife. The story covers the highlights of 12 years from 1967 to 1979. The events are book ended by birth and death
Feb 10, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Morgan's Passing", by Anne Tyler is about a middle aged man, named Morgan. Morgan gets overwhelmed with his home life, and likes to pretend that he is other people. Morgan works at the family hardware store, but he misses work a lot to roam around town. One day, Morgan is at a puppet show, when one of the actors asks for a doctor. Morgan steps up and claims to be a doctor. The young puppeteer, Leon, and his wife, Emily, are expecting a baby, and it is coming early. Morgan attempts to drive them ...more
Nov 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Morgan Gower works at Cullen's Hardware Store in North Baltimore. He has seven daughters and a goodhearted wife. As he gets into his middle years he finds his household confusing and tedious. To break up his life he pretends to be different things to different people. He actually has some weekly ritual he performs in these different personas and this is something his wife accepts as part of Morgan. Then one day he pops into the role of Dr. Morgan to help two young newlyweds deliver a baby. But, ...more
Aug 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Anne Tyler ' s books for the quirky characters and this one did not disappoint in that aspect. Somehow I had missed this one years ago when I started reading her novels. Morgan is a very eccentric middle aged man with a closet full of costumes he uses as everyday wear. He loves to improvise his personality traits daily yet at the same time does not seem adaptable to change in others. Everyone else MUST stay the same. I enjoyed the book and characters yet only rated it a three because some ...more
Oct 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rated-five-stars
Anne Tyler has done it again. Drawn me in to characters that are so odd that I don't really want to know them, and yet, so endearingly quirky that I can't help but be drawn to them. And then there's that recognition of my own traits in the characters. And that's why I read every title of Anne Tyler's I get my hands on. This gem was waiting for me at the Moose Lake, MN public library.

"He did not believe that there was anything in the world that would make her really happy. Unless, perhaps, she co
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Husbands, wives and people experiencing mid-life, family and marriage crisis
I'm lucky to have met Anne Tyler. I've learn a lot from her descriptive writing style. Her novels are so great! She knows how to play with words it's as if they are alive. If you really wanna practice descriptive writing, I recommend Anne Tyler's works. As for this book, I loved how Tyler gave all the characters a part in the story. She didn't focused on the main protagonist but she was able to showcase the importance of every characters. This book is a simple account of this world full of diffe ...more
May 28, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The young me used to love the world that Anne Tyler created and her quirky characters. Their oddness seemed odd in the way that real life seems odd when you stop and consider it. I loved Dinner at the homesick restaurant, Saint Maybe, The Accidental Tourist. However I struggled with this. I don't know, is it you Anne or is it me? Perhaps I am just older, more realistic and jaded and can't see life like this any more. Or perhaps your stories were always self consciously wacky and inconclusive but ...more
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
1980 [not 1960 as goodreads lists it], Baltimore.
Entertaining, people that do such weird things I don't feel I need to think deeply about any of it...

is Tyler always so visual in her writing? This story would do much better in film -- seeing the puppets and the puppet shows would be more pleasant than reading the descriptions of them, same with all the strange outfits that Morgan wears, a different one every day.

Perhaps I am missing some deeper meaning, or perhaps these personality types just do
Mar 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popular-fiction
Morgan is a lovable incompetent. The kind whom we wonder how they get along in the world. He has an immense imagination, a poor work ethic, and seven children! One day he is watching a puppet show. Suddenly the curtain closes and then a young man comes out and asks if there is a doctor in the house. Morgan stands up. This is story of how he met Leon and Emily. He then becomes a stalker, wants to be involved in their lives. If this happens or not is the gist of the rest of the story. Highly enter ...more
Morgan is a marvelous character who lives each day as if it's his first. The story isn't much, but that may be a result of reading 3 Anne Tylers in a row. The message is kind of "get up every day and live your dream if you know what it is, and if you don't, live as if you do anyway. The other characters in Tyler's stories are a little too fluid and emotion-less to be real, at least to me. Why have 7 daughters? They're like shadows.
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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. She has published 20 novels, her debut novel being If Morning Ever Comes in (1964)

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“He began to see the situation from another angle. An assignment had been given him. Someone’s life, a small set of lives had been placed in the palm of his hand. Maybe he would never have any more purpose than this: to accept the assignment gracefully, lovingly, and do the best he could with it.” 1 likes
“He had stood there looking around him, hunting someone, and had not found whoever it was and turned to go; but in turning, he caught sight of Emily and paused and looked at her again, and then frowned and went on out. She had not actually been introduced to him for another week. But now it seemed to her that at his entrance--swinging through the library door, carrying a single book in his hand (his fingers fine-textured and brown, his shirtcuffs so perfectly white)--her life had suddenly bee set in motion. Everything had started up, as if complicated wheels and gears had finally connected, and had raced along in a blur from then on. It was only now, in this slowed-down room, that she had a chance to examine what had happened” 0 likes
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