Thursday, 14 April 2011
Noah's Compass - Anne Tyler
His ex-wife Barbara and daughters worry about him but Liam blunders on. His teenage daughter Kitty is sent to stay - though its not clear who is minding whom. His middle daughter Louise, is a born-again Christian with a son called Jonah, but her certainties leave Liam still more perplexed.
Review - This is the second book I have read by this author. I have seen the film version of The Accidental Tourist but not read the story. This book is in a similar vein to The Accidental Tourist.
The book is well written and the narrative flows well but I found the storyline itself a bit weak. The characters are not particularly strong, apart from Barbara the bossy ex-wife. Liam goes on a personal journey of learning and love. He is not very good at relationships as he maintains a certain distance with people, but he is basically a good person. He lets life move on and take him with it, lacking self motivation. However, he comes out the other end understanding people's feelings and learning about his family. 3*