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Noah's Compass

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

This is a terrific character study

In Baltimore Liam Pennywell thought he would be the great twentieth and twenty-first century philosopher rather than a fifth grade school teacher at St. Dyfrig. However, to be an accomplished muse takes ambition and hard work; two traits that Liam lacks as his two form...
In Baltimore Liam Pennywell thought he would be the great twentieth and twenty-first century philosopher rather than a fifth grade school teacher at St. Dyfrig. However, to be an accomplished muse takes ambition and hard work; two traits that Liam lacks as his two former wives and his three estrange daughters would testify. He is taken aback when the second-rate private school retires him though he just turned sixty one.

He comes home bewildered only to wake up the next day in a hospital with no recall of the assault in his apartment. Liam needs to know what happened during the lost hours so he begins a quest. He meets thirtyish Eunice, whose élan for life is opposite of his dark world view. Somehow she encourages him to be all he can be; although he insists that is not much he vows to try to shake off his lethargy with reckless abandonment.

This is a terrific character study that avoids clichés so the audience roots for Liam to regain what he once had and lost after years of what he perceived were kidney shots from those who he loved. The story line is leisurely and meandering with no great nirvana as Liam tries with Eunice encouraging him. Anne Tyler is at her best with this super tale of a man kicked to the curb and the young woman who insists That's Life (Sinatra) as "Some people get their kicks stompin' on your dreams" while others will encourage you to "get back in the race".

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on December 19, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

What in the world?

I enjoyed this main character. It was a good read with not much action. The plot was lacking in action but somehow I kept reading endearing myself with the character of Liam. I enjoyed the author's writing style.
When I finished the book, I asked myself what in the ...
I enjoyed this main character. It was a good read with not much action. The plot was lacking in action but somehow I kept reading endearing myself with the character of Liam. I enjoyed the author's writing style.
When I finished the book, I asked myself what in the world did I just read? I am a bit confused as to why it is named Noah's Compass, because little reference is made to Noah. I will be anxious to hear how others liked or disliked it. I would be hesitant to buy another book by Anne Tyler.

posted by mrsbecky51 on February 1, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2010

    Don't Recommend - Boring, hard to finish

    For me, the characters were unintriguing, the life boring and depressing. I definitely do not recommend.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2012

    A real sleeper

    Boring & without purpose

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  • Posted March 6, 2010

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    Read it only if you have insomnia

    Anne Tyler has always been one of my favorite authors, but this book is unbelievably boring. I listened to it while traveling to my farm in Taos, and the droning voice of the reader almost put me off the side of the highway.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Tedious

    I kept thinking this book would get better. It didn't. I always read a book that I purchase, so I continued on to the end. I hardly even understood the title. It had little relevance to the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2010

    Not my kind of book - it was depressing mostly

    I gave it to the local library for their used books already as
    I definitely did not want to keep it to read again.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

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    Boring!!

    This book was a total disappointment! The characters are dull and not at all engaging. Thank the lord I am not involved with someone like Liam who seems to be content with having no imput or impact on his life. Just because a book is written by a well known author doesn't guarantee it's quality. The small reference to 'Noah's compass', which says that he doesn't need a compass because he's not going anywhere sums up the whole book!

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

    Really Boring!

    I'm not sure if I missed the point of this book or there actually wasn't one. I forced myself to finish it, but was kind of sorry I wasted my time. I don't think I'll be reading anymore Anne Tyler.

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  • Posted January 26, 2010

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    Not my kind of book

    This is my first Anny Tyler book. I found it too boring to finish and quit about halfway through it. I kept asking what was the point of the story? Anyway, lesson learned. Anne Tyler is not my kind of author.

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  • Posted January 21, 2010

    Very Slow Moving, Boring

    Could not finish this book. I've never been an Ann Tyler fan, but
    mistakenly thought this would be a good read. I could not make it
    past the first 5 chapters. A total waste of time.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2010

    Slow

    This is obviously not my style of book. Slow moving, boring characters, no spirit, no substance. I should have known by the cover.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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