Noah's Compass Author:Anne Tyler 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 ... more »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.
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....