Baltimora, dicembre 1941, il giorno dell'attacco a Pearl Harbor. La città è in preda all'agitazione, la gente scende in piazza, i giovani corrono ad arruolarsi e una graziosa ragazza, avvolta in un cappotto rosso, entra per caso nella bottega del giovane Michael Anton, nel quartiere polacco della città. Passano pochi mesi e i due decidono di sposarsi. Sono giovani, belli e molto diversi: lui razionale, concreto, introverso; lei allegra, generosa, sognatrice. Non sembrano fatti per stare insieme. Ma gli anni passano in fretta, e nella loro corsa impazzita lasciano poco spazio a simili riflessioni: bisogna crescere i figli, occuparsi dei genitori anziani, lasciarsi alle spalle liti e piccoli rancori. Eppure restano i dilettanti di sempre, un uomo e una donna carichi di umanità che si sono gettati avventatamente nel matrimonio. Finché una sera, nell'intimità della camera da letto, affiorano quasi per caso i problemi irrisolti della loro lunga unione...
- ISBN: 8823517281
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 308
Anne Tyler would laugh, I'm sure, if she read these different reactions to this book. For isn't this her point in so many of her novels? How different we all are and how easily we misunderstand each other? How one person can hate what another loves so passionately? How easy it is to miss the point,
“I am fascinated by how families work, endurance, how do we get through life?” - Anne Tyler, from an interview in The Guardian Two mismatched people – impulsive, gregarious, Wasp Pauline and methodical, quiet Polish Catholic Michael – get married, continually fight, move from one Baltimore neighbourh Leggi tutto
4 stars "They were such a perfect couple. They were taking their very first steps on the amazing journey of marriage, and wonderful adventures were about to unfold in front of them." Wow, don't most marriages start out with this assumption!! I had to laugh to myself when I stumbled across this quote Leggi tutto
I read this book very carefully. It's a great fit for the cerebral part of my brain... having anything to do with complex relationships and family dymamics. I literally can pick this book apart - piece by piece to analyze.....a perfect group-discussion-choice. Several Goodreads members, and I, picked Leggi tutto
A lot of people who reviewed this book thought that it was about a marriage in which the partners were incompatible. They were too different. He was ethnic inner city, she was of WASP heritage. Their personalities were too different. They were both stuck in adolescence, hence the amateur quality of
Another wonderful story from Anne Tyler about a perfectly normal family, told in an anything but average way. She has this remarkable ability to craft stories that are incredibly engaging and heartfelt about a subject that's so often written of. She certainly has her niche, but it's not cliche or du Leggi tutto
Pauline and Michael meet just as America is gathering troops to help fight the Second World War. It’s Baltimore in the 40’s, and we are about to observe this seemingly mismatched couple (Michael quiet and ‘straight’, Pauline vivacious and wild) act out the rest of their lives. I read this book as par Leggi tutto
“ He wished he had inhabited more of his life, used it better, filled it fuller.” As the title suggests this was an exploration of how not everyone is an expert at companionship/marriage. Simply put it this was a magnified look at an unhappy marriage or watching a train-wreck happen over three gen Leggi tutto
I read this book a few years ago - but it has stuck with me. The book is a portrait of a marriage between two incredibly different people. The woman is very emotional, with a flair for the dramatic. The man is very non-emotional. It paints a picture of so many marriages I have seen. I think there co Leggi tutto
Mom and dad are fighting, again - and again - and again - and again - and again... Pauline is a high-maintenance disorganized impulsive extrovert drama queen and Michael is an highly organized, methodical slow-witted judgmental introvert who enjoys lists of groceries and looking at construction tools Leggi tutto
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