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... show more
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.
Publish date: January 5th 2010
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
On the surface this is a slight tale about a man in his sixties who is trying to simplify his life. The characters are ordinary people and nothing much happens except the everyday things that all of us live through. But Anne Tyler's gift is to make us look again at all those things that we take fo...
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 an normal person with ordinary abilities and no particular passion for life. Unmo...
Reflections on the life of the ordinary person during the sunset years - family, relationships, loss and acceptance of what is.... Sparse.
An interesting notion where a 60 year old man partially lost a memory and in the process of searching / coming to terms with it, found himself. What I really appreciate most about this story is that he kept firmly to his principle even though it hurts. It could be due to stubborness or stupidity o...
Liam Pennywell is a 60 year old teacher who has just been fired from his current teaching position. Subsequently has just moved into a small, modest apartment and on his first night there suffers a break-in. Waking up the next morning in a hospital bed rather than in his own, he has no memory of t...