Summary ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ Anne Tyler
Thirty eight year old Jeremy Pauling has never left home He lives on the top floor of a Balti row house where he creates collages of little people snipped from wrappin. Sad people are the only real ones They can tell you the truth about things; they have always known that there is no one you can depend upon forever and no change in your life however great that can keep you from being in the end what you were in the beginning lost and lonely sitting on an oilcloth watching the rest of the world do the butterfly strokeThere's a something that you can have because you gave it to someone a kind of grace or willing warmth Something of you to light on someone else be kinder There's the view of another that is in spite of someone else I was between these two feelings about Celestial NavigationBy the way that three stars is a 3 4 stars I'm not sure yet There were times I hated it I read this book at the worst time I was already gut feeling like I wanted to step out of my own body and be anyone else Even that would be too late because every step was missed Doomed to watch people on the street and giving them something I wish I had It didn't feel good I read Celestial Navigation in my car that I drove to a neighboring parking lot on work lunch break after some coworkers teased me about rocking out in my car with threats to video and put up on youtube I finished it in the library and could hardly concentrate because I didn't get to read it in one of my three favorite spots I was conscious of what I was doing as a part of this phobic world Building meaningless walls of habit Embarrassment is its constant In spite of is its hope although I hardly had any If my 3 4 stars changed to a scab I'd pick at it right now and gross everyone out I don't know My goodreads buddy Sean asked me to read this so I read it personal story time a public school teacher purchased an Anne Tyler for the class library just for me in an attempt to reach out I rebuffed her Unless you count that Accidental Tourist audio book read by John Malkovich this is also a chance to make up for that past guilt I'm certain to disappoint to share it through my eyes They turned their eyes away That's what I want to doAmanda speaks first I imagine to protect Jeremy from further scorn by virtue of her outsized hate The way a person will put themselves down first so that you won't do it and you probably wouldn't have Everything about them feels like that It isn't really hate It's of a resentment and refusal to accept him for who he is I guess if anyone had the right to try to get the agoraphobe out of the house it would be his sister though My guess is if she didn't the popular tact would have been the opposite Everyone knows what is best for everyone else I felt for the Latin teacher spinster who didn't get to hide from the world in her mother's bosom or in the womb slash apartment building they bury in for decades She hears the preemptive insults in her head same as him She lies down in her bed and remembers everything that she has ever lost I like that we meet Jeremy this way first He will not move for anyone I guess it says something about me that I mentally compared him to others who would not be lucky enough to inherit a home to hide away in forever His amazing luck to win nearly every minor contest ever was kinda lame I am developing an allergy to magical realism shit this late in my lifeA young art student with no prospects of the female persuasion gives the social cues for Jeremy to assure her that she cannot be rejected forever Jeremy knows he misses all of the social cues Jeremy must always be the beneficiary of another's grace He dreams a courtship that must have come from some magazine hoarded away from some year where I don't know His courtship ritual made no sense to me Jeremy has a fantasy land that doesn't have a lot of layers in Shrek's onion I felt for him when the object of his affection the already a Mrs Mary suspects him of manipulating his landlord position for sexual favors Jeremy doesn'
Anne Tyler ✓ 9 Read
Celestial NavigationRe of how much courage it takes Jeremy to look her in the eye For Jeremy like one of his paper creations is fragile and easily torn especially when he's falling in lov. Anne Tyler has had a weird career She's been a prolific author for decades but the first one of her novel's that's really considered one of her classics is 1982's Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant which was her 9th novel Looking through her list of novels sorted by Goodreads ratings the most read of her books published before that one was Searching for Caleb her 6th novel which ranks as her 14th most read book That makes it so that every single novel starting with her 9th has ratings on Goodreads than every single one of her first 8 novelsWhich is to say that this book which was published in 1974 and was her 5th novel is not usually considered one of Anne Tyler's classics And for good reason There are elements of this that were OK but its hard not to see this as a way worse version of Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant and The Accidental Tourist One of the skills she really picked up over the years was how to imbue her unlikeable characters with a certain amount of charm That's not really on display here