Noah's Compass - Anne Tyler

Noah's Compass

By Anne Tyler

  • Release Date: 2010-01-05
  • Genre: Literary
Score: 3.5
From 57 Ratings


Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down private school, so early retirement doesn’t bother him. But he is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first night that he moved into his new and spare condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged. His effort to recover the moments of his life that have been stolen from him leads him on an unexpected detour. What he needs is someone who can do the remembering for him. What he gets is . . . well, something quite different.


  • Not for everyone

    By Raw Kinch Air
    Anne Tyler is not an author for everyone. She is not a populist author. She takes her time building characters and defining plots. You don't so much read her novels - you experience them. She is not an immediate writer, you need to enjoy her style which is extremely realistic, which sometimes translates as slow moving. I liked Noah's Compass a lot, but still preferred Breathing Lessons. Tyler writes literature, not populist books like James Patterson or Michael Connelly (I like both of these writers, don't get me wrong).
  • Wonderful

    The last person who reviewed this book on here obviously doesn't get Anne Tyler. This book was just as enjoyable as the Accidental Tourist. A good read.
  • Not Impressed

    By tklimko
    This was the first book I've read of Anne Tyler.....not sure I'll read another. Waste of my time!!!