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If this all sounds a tad generic, Tyler's case isn't helped by the characteristics she's given the two spouses. Him: repressed, censorious, quiet. Her: voluble, emotional, romantic. Mars, meet Venus. What marks this couple, though, and what makes them come alive, is their bitter, unproductive, tooth-and-nail fighting. Tyler is exploring the way that ordinary-seeming, prosperous people can survive in emotional poverty for years on end. She gets just right the tricks Michael and Pauline play on themselves in order to stay together: "How many times", Pauline asks herself, "when she was weary of dealing with Michael, had she forced herself to recall the way he'd looked that first day? The slant of his fine cheekbones, the firming of his lips as he pressed the adhesive tape in place on her forehead". Only in antogonism do Michael and Pauline find a way to express themselves. --Claire Dederer, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
While I read the whole book I found it hard work. It did not have a lovely flow.I also found the main male character very shallow & selfish in all his family relationships.Published 3 days ago by mg
But not my last. Interesting from the beginning. I liked the fast forwards and the views of different characters. But in the end it was very sad. Read morePublished 1 month ago by alan hagger
One of my favourite authors, Anne Tyler has taken an ordinary couple––Pauline and Michael––and placed them in an ordinary situation. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Elizabeth Perrat
Interesting historical context Combined with a the emotions and fate of people in wartime marriagesPublished 5 months ago by pauline Hoyle
One of the best reads ever. Tyler knows about life and relationships.Published 7 months ago by Dr. Myrtle Hill
It was a page turner but characters thin with some limitations. Many were just 2 dimensional. Narrative was engaging but there was a limited amount of thought provoking issues. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ann F.
I am almost finished with this book, this wonderful book. I cannot bear for it to end, because that means I will then have read ALL of Anne Tyler's books. Read morePublished 9 months ago by lilycoton
I adore Anne Tyler her books are believable and perfectly observed.The characters are warm and real. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jacquie
A family saga spanning several generations of the Anton family. I enjoyed Anne Tyler's writing and the pace with which the story moves. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Barbara