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Noah's Compass (Unabridged)

by Anne Tyler

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From the incomparable Anne Tyler, a wise, gently humorous, and deeply compassionate novel about a schoolteacher, who has been forced to retire at sixty-one, coming to terms with the final phase of his life. 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 Baltimore. 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.

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I never found characters that interested me

I had really high hopes for this book and this writer. However, I never was able to care about the characters. The story could have gone interesting places, but was mired in mediocrity. I even had high hopes for the ending, but that was also dashed. What I thought was a good place wind up was downplayed as something to do before they die. I just think I have different opinions on life and what is important or I just didn’t get what the author was writing about.


I thought this book was very boring. It picked up a little in places, but then returned to bland.

Just boring

I have read all of Anne Tyler's books and enjoyed most of them very much. This one is boring, truthfully, I haven't finished it yet. Maybe it will get better, but it seems a waste of time to continue to read it when I have so many other better books to choose from! If you want to read a good Anne Tyler book read The Accidental Tourist or Breathing Lessons, two of her best.

Anne Tyler, Noah's Compass (Unabridged)
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  • Narrator: Arthur Morey
  • Published: 2010
  • Category: Fiction
  • Provider: Random House Audio
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