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Celestial Navigation (1974)

– tekijä: Anne Tyler

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Thirty-eight-year-old Jeremy Pauling has never left home. He lives on the top floor of a Baltimore row house where he creates collages of little people snipped from wrapping paper. His elderly mother putters in the rooms below. That is, until the fall of 1960, when she dies and leaves Jeremy alone. The following spring he takes in two boarders: a young woman and her child. Mary is unaware of how much courage it takes Jeremy to look her in the eye. For Jeremy, like one of his paper creations, is fragile and easily torn - especially when he's falling in love.… (lisätietoja)
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    Aikaa sitten aikuisina (tekijä: Anne Tyler) (glajohnson)
    glajohnson: I really liked the main character in this book. I love that she was an overweight, middle-aged woman who was still trying to decide who she was. I think it was interesting for her to explore the "what if" of her college fiance and the life she might have had with him. I liked the way her thought processes changed throughout the book until she realizes that the way she was in college was not the true self that she thought it was.… (lisätietoja)
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As usual, Anne Tyler's writing was excellent. It was worthwhile to learn about these characters, but also very sad. If only supportive services had been provided for them. At times, there was too much mundane information provided to keep my interest. ( )
  suesbooks | Dec 21, 2020 |
one of the strangest books I've ever read, all characters bizarre. no plot really. ( )
  mahallett | Aug 11, 2020 |
Jeremy Pauling is an adult male still living with his mother in a Baltimore rowhouse. There are lots of boarders, some older, some younger. His mother lives in the room downstairs. Jeremy is an artist and never leaves the house.
Jeremy's mother passes away and a young woman, Mary, moves into the house with her daughter, Darcy. Mary has a tendency to take care of Jeremy, who always seems a little lost in life. They become a couple and have many children.
There is really no connection, it seems, between Jeremy and the children or Mary for that matter. It seems that life just happens around Jeremy. The only connection for Jeremy are his art pieces.
Sadness.

This was a good novel. ( )
  JReynolds1959 | May 9, 2020 |
Anne Tyler is one of my favorite authors. She has been writing fiction for over 50 years and I have read every one of her books since "Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant"(one of her best). I found this early work of hers(1974) in my box of unread books. As with all Tyler books, the characters were very quirky and are the focus of the story.Tyler's books usually focus more on the characters than on a plot. This book was a hard one for me. Jeremy Pauling is a 38 year old man who suffers from many mental health issues. The key event in the book is the death of his mother with whom he has always lived in her boarding house. The book shows how his life evolves over the next 10 years. He is an artist but because of his mental health issues he is a very difficult character. Eventually he connects with Mary a young boarder(22) with a child who is escaping her marriage. Eventually, they come together and over the course of 10 years have 5 children but are enable to act "normal". You see everything through the eyes of the characters in alternative chapters with shifting time frames. The book was frustrating because Mary and Jeremy would play out an inner turmoil but neither would really communicate honestly with the other. If you enjoy seeing how people with personality issues act and think than you may enjoy this. The writing is excellent and this does show Tyler from her early period. The later Tyler is far superior so unless you have read a lot of Tyler and are a big fan, I would skip this as an introduction to her and start with "Dinner......Homesick Restaurant". ( )
  nivramkoorb | Nov 20, 2018 |
I didn't quite understand the title of the work and how it related to the story (though there was an attempt to explain it--I think--within the pages of the novel). Tyler seems to like writing about the loners or those who don't quite fit in with the rest of society--at least in the few books of hers I've read. I do not read much literary fiction as a general rule.

Jeremy Pauling is an artist who exists mostly in his own world and who prefers not to leave the few block radius around his house. He's aided in this first by his mother and later by Mary, who starts out as a boarder and ends up being his companion. He takes Mary for granted to some extent and ends up losing her--not realizing what he had until she's gone.

The ending was a bit unsatisfying for me--I wasn't quite sure if he just decided that Mary didn't want him anymore and walked away without a fight, or if he was just too proud to tell Mary that he wanted her back and she too proud to return to him unless she heard him ask, or if she really did tell him she didn't want to return to his house with him. ( )
  JenniferRobb | Dec 7, 2017 |
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Thirty-eight-year-old Jeremy Pauling has never left home. He lives on the top floor of a Baltimore row house where he creates collages of little people snipped from wrapping paper. His elderly mother putters in the rooms below. That is, until the fall of 1960, when she dies and leaves Jeremy alone. The following spring he takes in two boarders: a young woman and her child. Mary is unaware of how much courage it takes Jeremy to look her in the eye. For Jeremy, like one of his paper creations, is fragile and easily torn - especially when he's falling in love.

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