Noah's Compass Author:Anne Tyler Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down private school, so early retirement doesn't bother him. But he is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first night that he moved into his new, spare, and efficient condominium on the outskirts of Ba... more »ltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged.
His effort to recover the moments of his life that have been stolen from him leads him on an unexpected detour. What he needs is someone who can do the remembering for him. What he gets is -- well, something quite different.
We all know a Liam. In fact, there may be a little of Liam in each of us. Which is why Anne Tyler's lovely novel resonates so deeply.« less
Have you ever read a book where you wanted to slap the protangonist? If not, read this one. Liam Pennywell (name, ugh!!)is completely ineffectual. Life sort of happens to him. In addition, he is 61, has decided that his life is winding down, so the likelihood of his finally grabbing the reins is slim. To Ms. Tyler's credit, the character of Liam is completely genuine - there is not a false note in his behavior through out the book. And there is a completely unexpected twist about 2/3rds through the book which almost makes it worthwhile because that moment is a stunner.
This book resonates in your mind long after the story ends. It is very personal as it peeks into the mind of a man who thought he had an ever-diminishing role in society, only to find that around many corners there are high points and low points never expected.
Beautifully written, as are all of Anne Tyler's books. I love the way she gets into a characters mind and you can feel and picture just exactly what they're feeling. I've read all of her books and enjoyed them all. I liked this book, but I didn't love it. Even though I'm still thinking about the MC, I thought the ending could have been better. I felt like it just stopped. I wanted to know more....
Like all of Anne Tyler's books I found Noah's Compass to be touching, witty, and a tad melancholy. To me this is a textbook-perfect ending. I loved this story about an older man and a not young woman, a not glamorous story with a moral bent and a serious twist. Tyler's gift is in making the mundane and everyday people and situations shine.
This book is about Liam, who is a somewhat sad figure who is laid off from his job, moves into a much smaller apartment, and wakes up in the hospital the next morning with no memory of what happened. He struggles to try to remember what happened and meets a woman in the process. The story is pretty sad about a sad man, several sad women, and unhappy relationships. But Anne Tyler keeps you turning pages and at the end I felt satisfied that Liam was fixing relationships and building new ones and moving on with his life.