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I really enjoyed this book, a lot, which surprised me because I have to confess to only having read one other book by Anne Tyler which was A Spool of Blue Thread and, sadly, I was not very taken by it.So when I came upon this well worn copy on a table outside my favorite local Cafe come Bookshop and read a few pages while waiting for my orderI wanted to read and so I did, and after my coffee I took it home with me.I finished it in two daysdespite my nearby glaring tbr pile Sometime I really enjoyed this book, a lot, which surprised me because I have to confess to only having read one other book by Anne Tyler which was A Spool of Blue Thread and, sadly, I was not very taken by it.So when I came upon this well worn copy on a table outside my favorite local Cafe come Bookshop and read a few pages while waiting for my orderI wanted to read and so I did, and after my coffee I took it home with me.I finished it in two daysdespite my nearby glaring tbr pile Sometimes a girl has to follow her inclinations lol So glad I did because I became so engrossed in the unfolding story that I was a bit sad when it came to the end I feel that I have redeemed myself for the average review I gave to the previous book I reviewed by this author.I think I have a new understanding of Anne Tyler s writing style now and can see the similarities between the two booksthough I stand by my other critique, I can appreciate the style and really enjoyed it with this book It is a delightful, sometimes mysterious story about a quirky like able man who feels somewhat of a misfit within his family and his life in general.I was reminded of A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman or Mr Wigg byInga Simpson.I loved it, and would easily recommend it for a nice read to sink into.5 sMany thanks to Anna s Shop Around the for championing great books Sometimes I feel like apologizing for liking Anne Tyler but this book in particular is truly wonderful I m not terribly great at reviews but it has the hallmarks of things I generally value in a book wonderful characters who stay with you, and the amazing ability to tightrope walk between funny and sad without ever becoming maudlin or flippant. Loved it I think I say the same thing in every Anne Tyler book review, but I love her attention to detail and how she can craft unique, quirky characters that are not unrealistic They have their distinct personality traits and flaws but they are still very human Barnaby was a sometimes unlikeable but still enjoyable character to read about. The critics say that Anne Tyler writes novels with quirky characters I say that we are all quirky characters Certainly, I grew up with and am a member of a family of quirky characters I find the characters in Anne Tyler s novels real, they are people one meets everyday As I began to read this novel, I thought about days when I lived in the pages of Anne Tyler s novels My trips to the library always took me to the same section, where I fingered the titles looking for favorite or unread novel The critics say that Anne Tyler writes novels with quirky characters I say that we are all quirky characters Certainly, I grew up with and am a member of a family of quirky characters I find the characters in Anne Tyler s novels real, they are people one meets everyday As I began to read this novel, I thought about days when I lived in the pages of Anne Tyler s novels My trips to the library always took me to the same section, where I fingered the titles looking for favorite or unread novels I wonder now why I neglected this section for so long A Patchwork Planet is the story of a kind man, who does not seek the American Dream as a search for wealth or status Instead, he seeks comfort, and those who share his priorities As with all of Anne Tyler s work, the reader can remain at the surface level and enjoy a unique, but quite worthwhile young man finding his way On the other hand, as always, one can ponder the comments on our society and the way we live Indeed, most poignant to me is the caught versus uncaught in adolescent escapades Why must the uncaught punish those caught long after they have paid their dues Do we as a society punish the caught and feed the egos of the uncaught , who forget very easily that they, too, participated in whatever offense the caught receives punishment Do we instead realize that the caught have an opportunity to learn deeper values and to truly appreciate life s prioritiesthan the uncaught will ever appreciate Also, essential questions are pondered regarding parent child relationships and mutual respect Again, do we punish those most like us for fear that they will be like us Are we concerned when our child s perspective accepts with love, a view of ourselves that we would rather replace someone who they cannot give the same acceptance Why can t we value ourselves for who we are, and appreciate our children similarly Whether read as a surface level or pondering deeper questions, this novel, like all of Anne Tyler s work is worth adoring and reading again and again It is easy to do so, as a page turner and a quick but highly impressionable, as well as enjoyable, read not quite 3 starsThis book started out just fine I started reading and found interesting characters, a pleasant writing style, and some very engaging dialogue All good, right Well, somewhere it took a turn, because I had to keep pushing myself to finish reading the darn thing Here s the problem I like what happens in a book to be meaningful in some way I don t want to read a bunch of random incidents that in no way help to impel the story forward Anne Tyler has a habit of throwing a lot o not quite 3 starsThis book started out just fine I started reading and found interesting characters, a pleasant writing style, and some very engaging dialogue All good, right Well, somewhere it took a turn, because I had to keep pushing myself to finish reading the darn thing Here s the problem I like what happens in a book to be meaningful in some way I don t want to read a bunch of random incidents that in no way help to impel the story forward Anne Tyler has a habit of throwing a lot of stuff at you, much of which is disconnected to the story, and does not ever become relevant in any way I frequently found myself asking where is she going with this She starts several interesting storylines that go absolutely nowhere view spoiler Len and the carI thought there would be a lottension between Barnaby and Len over the purchase of that car The storyline gets dropped.The theft of Sophia s porcelain slipperBarnaby just puts it back that s IT The episode where Barnaby sets the house on fire I would have thought that would have been a pretty significant event But no, it gets mentioned that this is when his grandfather gave him the car and that s it We never find out if there are any repercussions, good or bad Because I think that they would have been HUGE Does getting this car turn his whole life around The fact that someone trusts him I guess we ll never know Margot s hissy fit in the kitchen on Thanksgiving We hear her in Winky s kitchen, throwing around pots and pans and generally breaking up the joint, then nothing moving right along to other things.Opal is upset that Barnaby and Sophia are datingWhy And what did that add to the story Opal was at Thanksgiving dinner with both Barnaby and Sophia and was just fine No mention was made of any negative feelings she had toward Sophia All forgotten about I didn t much care for the ending either Sophia s refusal to accept the money, and the way Barnaby ended it with her were both lame So Barnaby professes himself to be a man Sophia can trust even though he cheated on her with Martine, and swiped her porcelain slipper at one time And can someone please tell me where the title of the book comes from Are the elderly people the patches that hold his life together Or is the description of Mrs Alford s quilt significant Planet Earth, in Mrs Alford s version, was makeshift and haphazard, clumsily cobbled together, overlapping and crowded and likely to fall into pieces at any moment Is that a metaphor for Barnaby s life Oh shit, I don t want to search for the deeper meaning of it all hide spoiler I ve decided that I just don t get Anne Tyler I pretty much had all the same problems with Dinner at the Homesick RestaurantRead with SBC November 2013 This short novel is probably a good starting place for readers new to Anne Tyler s books Think of it as Tyler Lite, Barnaby to the rescue againwith many of the author s favorite themes on show A good hearted underachiever, this time a black leather clad 30 something named Barnaby, has a complicated network of friends and earns his living as a cheerful man of all work, chiefly for little old people He is loyal and reliable to a fault He s criticized and underrated by his materialistic parents, This short novel is probably a good starting place for readers new to Anne Tyler s books Think of it as Tyler Lite, Barnaby to the rescue againwith many of the author s favorite themes on show A good hearted underachiever, this time a black leather clad 30 something named Barnaby, has a complicated network of friends and earns his living as a cheerful man of all work, chiefly for little old people He is loyal and reliable to a fault He s criticized and underrated by his materialistic parents, and his choices are questioned by his peers Will he listen to them, or persist in following his own earnest philosophy And who s he really in love with It s hard to tell The novel unwinds in one of Tyler s beloved gently declining vintage Balti neighborhoods Even though this one was published in 1998, the year Sinatra died my daughter was born it holds up well, and has the added poignancy of being dedicated to the author s late husband This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I enjoyed the main character s quirky job, his different drummer approach to life, and the assorted fascinating eccentrics he encountered in his family and professionbut, it was the ending that soured the book for me While I believe it was meant to be a poignant statement of Barnaby s growth and redemptive self discovery, I was left dubious Didn t anyone else find it the least bit odd or paradoxical that Barnaby pronounced himself a trustworthy man even though he had cheated on Sophi I enjoyed the main character s quirky job, his different drummer approach to life, and the assorted fascinating eccentrics he encountered in his family and professionbut, it was the ending that soured the book for me While I believe it was meant to be a poignant statement of Barnaby s growth and redemptive self discovery, I was left dubious Didn t anyone else find it the least bit odd or paradoxical that Barnaby pronounced himself a trustworthy man even though he had cheated on Sophia and kept that fact from her Because of this, the ending only left me feeling startled and perplexed and upset *Free Kindle ↝ A Patchwork Planet ☂ For the first time in mass market paperback, this novel introducesyear old misfit Barnaby Gaitlin, a renegade who is actually a kind hearted man struggling to turn his life around A New York Times Notable Book I love Goodreads You can click on I m finished which does not necessarily mean you have completed the book to the final page.I CANNOT stand it when, 187 pages into a book, the main character takes a turn that you absolutely can t see them taking You think you know a guyI had my doubts reading this, really Its horribly written Time passed too fast and scenes were over in a few pages, nothing was drawn out and no agreeing with a character over their choices In fact, choices weren t reall I love Goodreads You can click on I m finished which does not necessarily mean you have completed the book to the final page.I CANNOT stand it when, 187 pages into a book, the main character takes a turn that you absolutely can t see them taking You think you know a guyI had my doubts reading this, really Its horribly written Time passed too fast and scenes were over in a few pages, nothing was drawn out and no agreeing with a character over their choices In fact, choices weren t really made, they just kind of happened Flaw 1 No plot Nothing exciting happens Nothing happens, really Also, there is no desire or want expressed anywhere, things just kind of happened No sympathy for the characters and too many of those Yikes I could go on and on but then all of the sudden the character quits his job, becomes a clown, blows up, goes skydiving, eats a fish sandwich, writes a book of knitting patterns, and learns fluent Greek OK, this isn t what happens actually, but that sentence made you go, WHAT right Yes, that s how I felt when reading this It s as if she decided to start the book over because she didn t like what was happening, so she changes it in the middle instead of starting over, and it doesn t fit At all I do not see Barnaby just doing this complete turnaround I m finished Halfway through My second Anne Tyler was just wonderful The main character Barnaby isn t always someone I liked, but he was so real from the first page on It s a character driven story, with a lot of snappy dialogue and quite a quick pace It was almost like watching a comfortable and entertaining TV show, in fact it reminded of Gil Girls at times, except it was about a 30 something man and no daughter mother trio, so take from that what you will In short I really liked it.