Ladder of Years (Audio Cassettes)
BALTIMORE WOMAN DISAPPEARS DURING FAMILY VACATION, declares the headline. Forty-year-old Delia Grinstead is last seen strolling down the Delaware shore, wearing nothing more than a bathing suit and carrying a beach tote with five hundred dollars tucked inside. To her husband and thr...more
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I imagine, based on clues in the text, that she'll visit Bay B. sometimes. And folks back there may visit her... after all, Nat did in his hour of need. She'll not just run away like she did the year before.
I think I was able to read carefully because I empathized. I am actually, embarrassingly, on my third marriage. I'm a slow learner - so I wanted to pay attention to this story and learn how Delia made her choice.(less) (hide spoiler)]
I like the way this author writes, calmly, even placidly, she steadily builds up a picture of life the way her characters live it. There are no huge dramas, no histrionics, just the minutiae of daily life and the ordinariness of everyday people. Along the way we develop an understanding of our characters and start to sympathise with them and even worry about them.
Our main characte ...more
In this novel, we get to meet Delia, a 40-year-old woman who all of a sudden decides to leave her family because she's had enough. She wasn't planning on leaving; she just happened to do so on the family's yearly trip to the beach.
As per usual, Anne Tyler writes strikingly about family life and everyday problems. I grew very attached to Delia, but I also felt like some of her decisi ...more
I guess I'm just not that into her. It's me... I think!!
Delia lives with her doctor husband and three almost grown children. She is at that stage of her life where everyone in the family begins to take the woman - the wife, the mother for granted. Her kids don't need her as much as they did when they were actually kids. As for her married life, well, that is settled into monotonous routine and Delia is often filled with doubts if love ever existed between the two.
Like every year, Delia and ...more
As a writer, I don't have a problem with almost any theme, because for me, it's how the story is told. Not everyone is going to like every book, no matter how well written, no matter how much mass appeal. Such is virtually impossible.
In this book, the main character, Delia Grinstead, decides to walk away from her life as she knows it. Delia is on the beach with her family an ...more
Delia goes for a walk while on holiday with her family and walks right out of their life. Where she ends up, she begins to create another life, another version of herself, someone she has perhaps long wished to discover, the free woman, whom she never was before.
Along the way people she meets share their thoughts, circumstances, invitations a ...more
I got it as a book club selection and fell in love instantly. There is something romantic about just quietly walking off one day, leaving it all behind to start anew. How would you get along without your comfortable life and surroundings? Could you do it on your own?
Would you go back?
Wow, I seem to like kidnappings and runaway stories. Hmmm do I have abandonment issues?
I read this book at least once a year. I ...more
I am a big fan of Anne Tyler's writing. Her characters are endearingly flawed and this protagonist is no exception. I don't have much good or bad to say about this book. I wish it had ended differently, but this is why I am saying that I might feel differently in 10 years. The resolution was expected. The character did the right thing, but just because a person's absence causes necessary changes, doesn't mean i ...more
The characters are well-developed over time, and described in an amusing tone of voice. "Her hair curled at the bottom like the S-hole in a violin" (paraphrase) comes to mind first.
I particularly appreciated how the protagonist comes to terms ...more
This is an intriguing page-turner, centered around themes of abandonment and identity. The protagonist, Delia, is a stranger to both her family and herself, which results in a painful quest to find what is missing.
This novel runs the gamut of being quirky and humorous to being downright depressing and dark. What Delia does, and how her family responds, is just. . . sad.
Delia is, at t ...more
The story is about 40 year old Delia, who married young, had children young and at 40 spontaneously decides on a family vacation to walk down the beach and simply not come back (a threat my mother made often but never followed through on). However, Delia ultimat ...more
Während die Personen sich nicht entwickeln, gehen sie schwimmen, lesen und essen im immer gleichen Dine ...more