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The Beginner's Goodbye: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Only in his mid-30's, Aaron Wolcott, walks with a limp and depen

Only in his mid-30's, Aaron Wolcott, walks with a limp and depends on a cane for balance. An illness when young left him slightly paralyzed. He graduated from Stanford with a degree in English, but after college ended up working in the family's publishing Company editin...
Only in his mid-30's, Aaron Wolcott, walks with a limp and depends on a cane for balance. An illness when young left him slightly paralyzed. He graduated from Stanford with a degree in English, but after college ended up working in the family's publishing Company editing books. At 24, he meets Dr. Dorothy, an oncologist, who is 8 years his senior, and, an introvert and loner like himself. After just 4 months, they marry and have a happy marriage of 10 years. Dorothy dies in a freak accident, when a tree crashes through the roof of their small home. She was only 43.

The Beginner's Goodbye, is a deeply moving story. It's a story about love, loss, forgiveness and acceptance. The story left me with a lot to think about, and the ending ultimately left me smiling. This is one of my favorites of Anne Tyler. I love the way she writes; she puts so much meaning into the simplest gestures with her perfect word choice. This story is bittersweet but charming and memorable and very heart warming.



posted by E_M_13423 on May 21, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

11 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

Anne Tyler light

I believe I've read everything Anne Tyler has written and I am a big
fan of her books. She has an even-handed quirky approach to life's
mysteries; her books are fast-paced and her characters are memorable.
My alltime favorite is The Accidental Tourist, closely follo...
I believe I've read everything Anne Tyler has written and I am a big
fan of her books. She has an even-handed quirky approach to life's
mysteries; her books are fast-paced and her characters are memorable.
My alltime favorite is The Accidental Tourist, closely followed by
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant and Breathing Lessons. TBG is not up to the mark of her previous books. To begin with, it is more a
novella, under 200 pages, and her characters are more charictures than
full-blown people. Aaron is didactic and caustic, Dorothy is stodgy and clinical, Nandina is hovering and bossy, Gil is salt-of-the-earth.
Aaron's turnaround is less than logical, almost an aboutface to hook
up with the most vulnerable character in the book. This is close to a
romance, which the excellent Back When We Were Grownups skillfully
side steps.

posted by librarianDS on April 8, 2012

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2013

    Nothing special

    The beginning really hooked me, but i found the book rather flat and predictable

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    Okay

    Fair. Not spectacular

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Check it out

    I found the story well written good reading for a rainy day

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    Like it

    Different but nice

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    No so good......

    I was a little disappointed in this book by Tyler. It didn't seem very original as it reminded me of the play "Blythe Spirit" . The story didn't hold my interest -- just finished reading it just to be done with it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

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    This is a really nice book!1334926316462

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2012

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    As a long-time reader and fan of Anne Tyler, I've rated many of

    As a long-time reader and fan of Anne Tyler, I've rated many of her books over the years. When Anne Tyler writes a mediocre book it still outshines most other author's best efforts. Anne Tyler is still, in my mind, America's most talented writer. Do yourself a favor and read this book . . . you will not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2012

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    This is a really nice book!1334321894425

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