If Morning Ever Comes
3 journalers for this copy...
Her first book...
(23/12) Review to follow
Despite Tyler only being in her early twenties when she wrote this, and the book’s age (written in 1964), it shows a mature touch and surprisingly timeless & lasting appeal. The book follows the twenty-something Ben Joe Hawkes home from college for an impromptu visit, facing a coming of age dilemma (or even an early mid-life crisis?) Typical of Tyler, its all very subtle - a brilliantly observed, character-based kitchen-sink drama. And, also typical, you care for the main characters; Ben and his many sisters, his hard-working widowed mother, his grandmother facing her own mortality, to name but a few of the dozens of human stories packed into 187 pages.
(ex lib copy)
Released 14 yrs ago (1/15/2005 UTC) at
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Released at our 2nd Ipswich meet-up
Picked up at my first ever BC meet-up.
I finished this last night, thanks so much bookgroupman for giving me the chance to read it, I almost missed it in the heap on the table!
I discovered Anne Tyler only last year when I picked up Patchwork Planet from a charity shop, and I have Back When We Were Grownups and Amateur Marriage on my massive tbr shelf.
I read this one first as it was her first novel and I thought it made sense.
Her writing is just brilliant, almost deceptively simple but with great depth and a superb sense of place.
I really cared about Ben Joe, he reminded me of my younger son.
I don't know if this will stand a wild release as it is literally falling apart. I'll see if I can do a repair job before I let it go.
Sending to veganknitter, a trade.
Received from redhouse - thanks!
I love Ann Tyler; thought the book was excellent.
It had all her usual trademarks, the dysfunctional / eccentric family, a sensitive narrator and bitter sweet romance.
Journal Entry 8
== by post or by hand == in Richmond upon Thames, Greater London United Kingdom on Tuesday, October 04, 2005
Released 14 yrs ago (10/3/2005 UTC) at == by post or by hand == in Richmond upon Thames, Greater London United Kingdom
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
My mum claimed this out of my case.
She's a big Ann Tyler fan and hadn't read this one.
She is also under strict instructions to pass on via a local charity shop so who knows where it will end up next.