A sessant'anni Liam Pennywell ? un uomo "in tono minore" con due matrimoni falliti alle spalle, tre figlie, e un unico amico ? è costretto a lasciare il suo lavoro da insegnante. Di fronte alla necessità di reinventarsi una vita, decide di iniziare dalla casa e trasloca da una palazzina in centro a un triste appartamento di periferia.
Dopo la prima notte, però, aggredito da un ladro, si risveglia in un letto d'ospedale. Ossessionato dalla propria incapacità di ricostruire gli eventi e il volto dell'intruso, nello studio di un neurologo incontra Eunice, una donna ingenua e spontanea, non particolarmente femminile ma dolce e paziente, molto più giovane di lui, che lo colpisce per il suo ruolo di "ricordatrice di professione": fa da assistente a un anziano signore fungendo per lui da "memoria esterna". Attratto da quella donna e dal suo mistero, Liam comincia a frequentarla e scopre con incredulità che le giornate che aveva immaginato di dedicare a letture solitarie, sprofondato nella sua sedia a dondolo, possono riempirsi di sentimenti dimenticati, e della presenza a volte ingombrante di una famiglia chiassosa, con diciottenni iperattivi e un nipotino curioso di vedere il mondo con occhi diversi da quelli dei suoi genitori bigotti. Alternando impietose punte di ironia a osservazioni illuminanti, Anne Tyler ritorna ai suoi affezionati lettori con un romanzo intenso e delicato, in cui racconta la rinascita di un uomo che si accorge di avere ancora una vita davanti da passare con le persone che ama.
- ISBN: 8860883695
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 257
“The trouble with discarding bad memories was that evidently the good ones went with them.” Often while reading “Noah’s Compass” something I read would send me spinning off through my own memories and experiences because Anne Tyler writes in such a simplistic and truthful manner that captures the nua Leggi tutto
Anybody can write an interesting story about interesting people. But how about a good story about uninteresting people? That's a more difficult challenge. This novel meets that challenge. This is a novel that features a normal person with ordinary abilities and no particular passion for life. Unmotiv Leggi tutto
(Melinda) The most compelling concept to me was actually the title. The story of the biblical Noah refers to a man chosen by God to survive the coming flood because "Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord." Consequently, Noah survived and actually was led on to high and dry ground... And all of th Leggi tutto
I started reading Anne Tyler in 1988. And though I've always loved her, there were times when I thought some of her characters were a bit too quirky. As I've gotten older, I've thought that less and less -- whether because I've met 'quirkier' people through the years, or because I'm now quirkier mys Leggi tutto
As I read this book, I was often reminded of the television show, Seinfeld , which was purportedly about nothing, but beneath the surface there was usually more. I have read and enjoyed many of Anne Tyler's novels. They all seem to share the trend of family disharmony and often are similar in styl
My feelings about this one fall pretty much in line with how I felt about her novel The Beginner's Goodbye . It was alright, enjoyable enough, but not super special. Interestingly, both of these books follow only 1 protagonist, both older men. I think I find her writing most affecting when she write Leggi tutto
Since I am almost 60 and had a recent "forced retirement" I thought this would be interesting. Anne Tyler is smooth reading and the characters grow naturally to life in your mind. There is a fairly small cast of characters which is something I appreciate in a novel. I listened to this on audio but I Leggi tutto
Liam Pennywell, a fifth grade teacher, is out of a job when his school downsizes. He's uncertain about what he wants to do in the next stage of his life. To conserve his savings, the sixty-one year old man moves to a smaller apartment. He goes to sleep in his new bedroom, and wakes up in a hospital
EXCERPT: In the sixty-first year of his life, Liam Pennywell lost his job. It wasn't such a good job, anyhow. He'd been teaching fifth-grade in a second-rate private boys' school. Fifth-grade wasn't even what he'd been trained for. Teaching wasn't what he'd been trained for. His degree was in philos Leggi tutto
It is easy to write about larger than life, exciting characters. Not so easy to write about the everyday and ordinary. There is probably not a writer around who can handle small moments and the lives of ordinary people as well as Anne Tyler. Retrenched from his job as a teacher, 60 year old Liam dec Leggi tutto
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