A Patchwork Planet by Anne Tyler

By Anne Tyler

During this, her fourteenth novel—and one in all her such a lot endearing—Anne Tyler tells the tale of a adorable loser who's attempting to get his existence so as.

Barnaby Gaitlin has been in hassle ever seeing that early life. He had this behavior of breaking into different people's homes. It wasn't the large loot he was once after, like his teenage cohorts. It used to be simply that he cherished to learn different people's mail, pore over their family members photograph albums, and applicable some of their beneficial mementos.

But for 11 years now, he's been operating progressively for Rent-a-Back, renting his again to outdated parents and shut-ins who can't circulate their very own porch furnishings or convey the Christmas tree down from the attic. finally, his existence appears to be like on an excellent keel.

Still, the Gaitlins (of "old" Baltimore) can't overlook the associated fee they paid for getting off Barnaby's former sufferers. And his ex-wife might simply as quickly he didn't appear ever to go to their little woman, Opal. Even the good, regular girl (his mother or father angel?) who turns out to have designs on him doesn't totally belief him, it develops, whilst the chips are down, and it appears as if his global may possibly disintegrate again.

There isn't any one like Anne Tyler, together with her sharp, humorous, delicate perceptions approximately how people navigate on a confusing planet, and he or she retains us enthralled from begin to end during this scrumptious new novel.

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The bright tints are pies and cakes, good only for October feasts" (XVIII, 97-98). Thoreau is also rapturous at times about cool blues and azures, but these tints, found predominantly in the sky above and in the waters which reflect it, are often wedded to meditation, just as the blue Pacific was to Herman Melville's Ishmael. There is a sense of limitless space suggested by these colors to Thoreau and also accompanying farreaching thoughts about his own make-up. The notion of distancing is apparent in two references from Walden.

But he also has eyesight acute in itself. In the Maine woods he sees a dragonfly half a mile distant; at Walden Pond he sees a water bug dimple the surface a quarter mile away. Sensitive to color, he can detect sassafras from as great a distance as half a mile because of its peculiar orange-scarlet tint. And one winter day, in midafternoon, he discerns a star in the skies overhead. Truly he has said that his eyes are flocks, roaming about the far mountains and sky and feeding on them. 15 Thoreau's sense of hearing is no less acute than his sense of sight —and for similar reasons.

Elsewhere, his eye sweeps over a river— "[it] is divided into five portions — first the weedy and padded borders, than a smooth, silvery stripe, . . and next the blue rippled portion, succeeded by the broader silver, and the pads of the eastern 19 side" (XVII, 84) —and sweeps over the sea—it is "green, or greenish, as some ponds; then blue for many miles, often with purple tinges, bounded in the distance by a light silvery stripe; beyond which there is generally a dark-blue rim" (IV, 119). In these illustrations Thoreau's eye has been surveying more or less flat surfaces, and his response tends to be merely enumerative, a listing of succeeding colors.

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