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Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler
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Jun 12, 2011

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Liam is an unremarkable 61 year old man who has been fired from his teaching job and forced to retire, although he rationalizes that it doesn't really matter because he wasn't particularly good at teaching fifth graders, and his real passion is philosophy. He is a man who is aware that he didn't make much of himself; he is lonely, and passively defeated. On the first night of his moving into a small apartment, he is attacked by a burglar, and the next day he finds himself in a hospital with bruises, a bandaged head, and no recollections whatsoever of what happened to him. It's obvious that his relationships with his ex-wife and daughters are strained, he does not really connect with others, and these others in his life regard him as a loser. Obsessed with wanting to retrieve his memories, Liam seeks out the woman who is the assistant to a local businessman with dementia, hoping that she can help him remember what he cannot, to be his "memory." In engaging with family and his lady friend, Liam begins to understand himself and what he must do to be happy.

I liked Tyler's subtle writing and character-driven story. It's not her best novel, but I liked it.
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Barbara Nice little review, Susan. I see that you reacted to this book the same way I did in my own comments!

Susan Yes, I just read your review and see that we reacted the same way to the novel. I'll be interested to see how the others in my book discussion group feel about it.

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Maria Nice review, lady. I'm finished with A Tyler myself...

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