Friday, February 19, 2010
Noah's Compass by Anne Tyler
This book is a novel about Liam Pennywell who studied philosophy but ended up getting laid off from a job teaching fifth grade at a second rate private school. He is at the age where he decides to downsize and moves to a newer, smaller apartment in a different area of town. He goes to bed in his new apartment on his first night and then wakes up in the hospital and has no idea how he got there.
He is very troubled about this gap in memory and sets out trying to find out what happened. And he finds something else.
Liam is a guy who lived his whole life without really engaging with it. I know people like that, do you? This book is about them.
I thought it was very good. I give it it three stars out of four.