Noah's Compass

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Doubleday Canada, Jan 5, 2010 - Fiction
17 Reviews
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 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.


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Review: Noah's Compass

User Review  - Doreen - Goodreads

I liked this book well enough. The story moves along easily from Liam's 'forced' retirement at the book's beginning, to his profession as a 'zayda' at the book's conclusion. Here is a man who has ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jack - Goodreads

A rather lovely elegy writ small, about a lonely man stumbling towards what might almost be called happiness. Liam at the age of sixty-one is uprooted - he loses his job at a second-tier Baltimore ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
16
Section 3
51
Section 4
83
Section 5
119
Section 6
149
Section 7
169
Section 8
191
Section 9
221
Section 10
244
Section 11
261
Section 12
292
Section 13
330
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Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is her eighteenth novel. Breathing Lessons was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. Tyler is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland.


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