Ellee10 February at 8:06pmPosts: 1021 (0 today)Status: offline
Anne Tyler, The Beginner's Good-Buy
I already read a couple of books of her in German translation, but since I recently bought an E-reader I decided to give it a try in English - with the help of very good English dictionaries on board of the Sony E-reader.
I really liked this book, as all books of Anne Tyler I read before. Again she is telling about ordinary persons and their lives. Aaron is a physically handicapped thirty something man, who just lost his wife, Dorothy. A tree crashed into the house and killed her.
Anne Tyler's people are often quirky; and Dorothy was not only just "nice" as Aaron recalls. But he loved her. His grief is deep; she comes to visit him after she died. This process of seeing someone who isn't there is described not as an encounter with a ghost or the like; it just seems plain natural: Aaron sees her and talks with her (in his head?)
Anne Tyler writes about grief in a very knowing way, everybody has his/her personal kind of letting a dead loved one go. Aaron does not want to be pitied, neither for his handicap nor for his grief. So he misunderstands his fellow workmen, relatives and friends.
Anne Tyler is famous for her first and last sentences:
"The strangest thing about my wife's return from the dead was how other people reacted."
"We go around and around in the world, and here we go again."
first novel for children and teens, written by one of my favorite author : Pierre Bordage
"Those who will know"/Ceux qui sauront
4th cover :
"and if the past has been different, what our present would be like ?
a world divided in two,
the rich holding knowledge,the poor condemned to the lack of it.
There's those accepting it, loosing themselves into silence,
but there's those fighting
in order a juster society will finally emerge."
definitively worth a translation ......