Noah's Compass

Noah's Compass

Book - 2009
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From Pulitzer Prize--winner Anne Tyler, a wise, gently humorous, and deeply compassionate novel about a retired school teacher forced to re-evaluate his life.

Liam Pennywell has never liked teaching at a run-down private school, so when he is forced to retire at sixty-one, it doesn't bother him. But what does is having no memory of an assailant who attacked him on the first night after he moved to his efficient condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. He's driven to recover this memory and at the same time recover other moments of his life that he has, over time, forgotten. But he can't do it alone. What he needs is a "hired rememberer" -- someone who will do the remembering for him -- but when he finds Eunice, he gets a whole lot more than he anticipated.

Subtle, funny, and populated with characters that are as real as friends, Noah's Compass is an engaging and revealing novel about coming to terms with change, family, love, and memory.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2009
ISBN: 9780385667777
Branch Call Number: FIC Tyler 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 277 p


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Jul 21, 2015

I'm afraid I have to agree with Joni. I usually enjoy Anne Tyler, but this book was boring and I found the protagonist pathetic and unlikeable. He needed to get a life. He did not, and the reader suffers.

WVMLStaffPicks Sep 17, 2014

Tyler's protagonist is an unsentimental emotionally detached survivor of two failed marriages. His relationships with his grown children have suffered from his inattentive nature and now he finds himself out of a job and the victim of a botched break-in while asleep in his new apartment. A curmudgeon with a heart that finally comes to life when he meets Eunice, a socially inept fashion disaster half his age. A funny, touching look at memory loss, aging, family life and the serendipitous nature of life and living.

Aug 30, 2014

Ann Tyler - there's just nobody like her and every single thing she's written is a wonderful thing to read and a warm, empathetic view of human-kind.

May 29, 2013

My dear Anne - you are such a good writer - your approach to your characters has changed , however . Gone are your funky , odd ball folks (Searching for Caleb , Accidental tourist ) and now we have us ordinary folk . Regardless , this was a good book

Apr 03, 2013

This book was too much like everyday life...and a little boring. It does not take us anywhere interesting in terms of landscape or people. It was too mundane for me.

Mar 12, 2013

This is a novel about aging and memory. Not great; not bad.

Jun 03, 2012

I always enjoy Anne Tyler--a descriptive style of everyday events.

Mar 16, 2012

I haven't read this yet but would like to.

sadiearivera May 27, 2011

This book was really slow. I thought the whole novel was cleverly summed up on the book jacket. I kept waiting for something else to happen.

Apr 13, 2011

A quick read but not a lot seemed to happen. A lot of time spent thinking about how things made the main character feel, which is never my favorite. Well written though, and perhaps just better suited to someone else.

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sheri06 Dec 17, 2011

This was an enjoyable read..sweet and thoughtful! Loved the characters and the ending!

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