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Morgans Passing

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425086429
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425086421
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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"Enchanting" (The Times)

"Tyler writes stunningly well" (Daily Telegraph)

"Tyler has created a world of imaginary people who are as tangible and as real as one's own friends and relatives" (New York Times)

"Alternatively lyrical and rambunctiously comic" (Washington Post)

"An almost flawless story of love... Moran emerges as a true hero" (Los Angeles Times)

"Tyler is not merely good, she is wickedly good" (John Updike)

"Pure magic, a contemporary fairy tale that overflows with affection, mystery and laughter" (Washington Star) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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From the Pulitzer prize-winning Sunday Times bestseller Anne Tyler. Morgan's Passing is now re-jacketed along with the rest of Tyler’s books in striking new backlist style --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Paperback
Discovered Anne Tyler via “The Beginner’s Goodbye”, published when she was in her mid-70s. Quickly read another four recent novels by an ever younger AT. “Morgan’s Passing” is my sixth. First published in 1980 at the age of 39, it represents a 25 year time gap in terms of reverse reading. Has her writing developed significantly over time, and if so, in what respects?
Here, in a novel following one of modern literature’s most chaotic characters for twelve years (1967-79), AT’s baffling attention to detail and authenticity of her characters and their environment (Baltimore) is even more pronounced than in her later novels. Early on, title hero Morgan (42) has a wife and 7 daughters, his sister, his mother and several domestic animals all living under his roof. When first introduced to readers, he is a medical doctor assisting a young couple of itinerant puppeteers deliver their first child. But is he a doctor? Leon and Emily surely think so. They only wonder why they were never billed and why there is no record of a Dr. Gower Morgan in Baltimore...
What follows could have been an extended case history of neurologist Oliver Sachs, but that is for readers to decide. What ails Morgan? Unabated pressure at home and a hyper-active mind? His solution? Living other lives unlived, helped by a wardrobe crammed with headgear and other dress items for every occasion. His early morning feelings inform his dress code and behaviour.
For thematic background, readers should watch for recurring terms like improvisation (vs. script or pattern) and variations on peace (lack of) and piece(s) as in falling apart or enactments of puppet shows.
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I have to start by saying that I generally love Anne Tyler's books, but this was, for me, a big let-down. It starts off well, with the usual wonderful characterisations and detail that you associate with her writing, but once I'd got a bit past half way it dawned on me that I just didn't like Morgan, the "star" of the book. He comes across as selfish and just a bit unbelievable, which also goes for the plot (at least, what there is of it.)I sort of felt that she was pretty much making it up as she went along, and I persevered until I was about two-thirds of the way through, and then quite suddenly I'd had enough and gave up and flipped to the end to find out what happened. I won't spoil the plot, but I would say that if you've got as far as half way then the end is largely predictable. I just wanted to get hold of Morgan and give him a good slap!
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By hiljean VINE VOICE on 29 July 2009
Format: Paperback
Anne Tyler is definitely one of the greatest contemporary American writers with a wonderful way with words and an unparallelled ability to portray fully rounded characters, people with whom you can usually identify. So I approached this book with my usual eager anticipation but I'm afraid it failed to deliver, for me anyway. This time I found I couldn't really believe in the characters of Morgan and Emily. Only Bonnie, as the disdained wife, rang true.

If you are new to Anne Tyler I would recommend you start with one of her other books.
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Eccentric and extraordinary, Morgan lives an unreal existence in a real world. His life and passing is an almost purposeless irrelevance on most other people's lives. Morgan's influence on at least one though is profound and meaningful in a laughable enchanting way.
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By A Customer on 9 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
I had to give you my view of this book after reading the other review which was so at odds with my feelings! I thought this was a great book, an interesting and absorbing read, - yes the bones of the story could be thought fantastical but then so are the events of many "everyday" lives. Morgan is totally believable and his relationship with the young family grows and matures - not predictably but that's the joy of this book, you're not quite sure what might happen next. The story was engrossing - I came online to buy it for my sisters for christmas as I was so taken with it.
I've read a lot of Anne Tyler and always liked her style and subject matter, and this is one of the best.
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I started reading this on holiday. I am a fan of Anne and this book is really, really great reading ~ probably becoming one of my favourites. People come to life and this story has twists and turns well worth twisting and turning with.
A must read.
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