Book Reviews of Ladder of Years

Ladder of Years
Ladder of Years
Author: Anne Tyler
ISBN-13: 9780449910573
ISBN-10: 0449910571
Publication Date: 3/26/1996
Pages: 352
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.

3.6 stars, based on 124 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a "coming of age" of a woman who nearly waited too long. How a woman seeks and finds her own worth is a marvel of terrific writing. This IS NOT a "chick book". It is for anyone, anywhere who has ever asked themselves very hard questions - with no idea how to answer them.
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Helpful Score: 3
While I am a fan of Anne Tyler, I didn't care too much for the ending of this book. It did, however leave you wanting more.
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Helpful Score: 2
Wow....second novel in a row that I have read and the endings make no sense. This one was at the point of culmination when the story ended. The resolution, which was NOT inevitable but certainly the most likely, occurred. But why? It's as if the author had this book "almost done & stashed way away" for a long time and the publisher was pressing for a manuscript so Ms. Tyler picked it up, wrote about 1200 words, and called it done. Good grief. The tone changed that abruptly.

Another irritation in the book -- "anyhow." The phraseology caught my attention early b/c it's a dialect phraseology. The more common usage is "anyway." Well, "anyhow" appeared all the time. Enough of the anyhow. It was not infrequently used.

The actual story kept me reading until the last 30 pages when I got bored. Delia, the main character, lost whatever luster she had by that time. Different circumstances, but I separated from my family at about the same age, so I thought I could relate. But I don't think Delia ever gained any insight into herself in this book. She just breathed air on a daily basis....

But I did finish reading the book. Had to give Delia that chance to tell her story. Not sure why...
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Helpful Score: 2
Have you ever wanted to walk away from your present life and start fresh somewhere else? This book fulfills those fantasies.
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Helpful Score: 1
Maybe I liked this book so much because Delia actually does what every wife and mother must sometimes dream about doing - - just walking away from it all.
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Helpful Score: 1
Great story line of woman who "runs away" from her life and starts fresh (who hasn't wanted to take that route at some point in their lives?!) Ending a little undeveloped. Nice book to take to the beach for a light read!
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Helpful Score: 1
What a great, easy read. Just in time for the beach. A must read for anyone who has wanted to run away from it all - even is only for a day, a few weeks, or a year.
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Helpful Score: 1
How often have you wanted to just disappear from your life and start a new one? Anne Tyler at her best in this book. Terrific and fun to read.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was my first Anne Tyler novel and I really enjoyed it. I will be reading more of her novels. I recommend it this book if you enjoy a good story about a strong woman and her struggle to find herself.
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Helpful Score: 1
Loved the charecters(sp?) Didn't want story to end.
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Delia's impulse to escape her disapproving physician husband and three surly children turns into an adventure that sweeps her from her staid Baltimore orbit into a new existence as Ms. Grinstead, spinster, in the Delaware community of Bay Borough. It's the unexamined life that's Delia's problem, and when she finally strips away layers of hurt, resentment, guilt and anger, she confronts her inner self and begins to deal with the chronic insecurity that has kept her childlike, flighty and dependent. Gradually, she becomes part of her new community, and has the courage to take a job caring for Noah Miller, an appealing 12-year-old whose mother has also run away from home and family. Over the course of a year, Delia discards her timorous personality and gains an understanding of the person she wants to be. One of the satisfactions of this novel is Tyler's evocation of typical family life. While in the past some of her characters have been too eccentric or fey, Delia and her family and friends all have both feet planted in the real world, even if their heads and hearts are sometimes elsewhere. Some readers may have difficulty accepting Delia's ability to absent herself from her children, but Tyler engages our sympathy and growing respect for a character who finally realizes that "the ladder of years" is a time trip to the future.
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I've read Anne Tyler for years and loved her. I loved this book until the end, which I loathed. It didn't ring true to me. Alas.
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nice book no sex or murders- You can really see how she felt living but not really. Looking to read more of her stuff. I did not want it to end.
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The storyline was hard to digest as to why a mother would just walk out on her 3 children....even though they were almost grown. The author states the "woman leaves her family only to find in the end that she is just trying to figure out how to say good-bye when they leave her". Overall the book was an enjoyable read even though not too realistic in my opinion.
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Anne Tyler is wonderful- this novel is full of her quirky characters and situations.
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I didn't like this book as much as I like her others.
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I really enjoyed this book. The story flowed very well. It read very easy and fast. I am looking forward to reading more of Anne Tyler's work.
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An excellent story of what happens when a woman chooses to re-create her life in the middle of it. Anne Tyler has a real gift for creating realistic characters with whom the reader can immediately identify.
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If you have ever thought of just running away from your life you will want to read this book.
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I loved this story when I read it back in the early 90s about a housewife who leaves home, dressed only in a swimsuit and her beachbag. She is done with that life and ready for another. I lived vicariously through those pages.
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A great book about a woman who feels she has been totally taken advantage of and not truly appreciated by her family.
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I very much enjoyed this book. It was a fun, easy read and I just loved Delia. There was a lot of humor but some poignant moments that touched you.
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This is one of Ann Tyler's best!
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Forty-year-old Delia Grinstead disappears, leaving her husband and three children.
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From Library Journal
"Delia Grinstead begins a new life... by simply walking away from her family's vacation at the beach.
She spends the next year reinventing herself, no longer the doctor's faithful and timid wife, the dutiful mother of three, the practical sister.
Finally, she discovers a life of her own; for the first time she is independent, away from the home and practice her husband inherited from her father.
The detachment the author puts Delia through is common Tyler territory: at times surprising, at times perfectly mundane as Delia re-creates a life and an identity...Tyler fans will appreciate the familiar twists on the commonplace and the author's endearing characters."
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A story about a doctors wife who just walks out on the entire family and creates a new life for herself.