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A Patchwork Planet [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Anne Tyler
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25. Februar 1999
Barnaby Gaitlin has less in life than he once had. His ex-wife Natalie left him and their native Baltimore several years ago, taking their baby daughter Opal with her. He acquired an unalterably fixed position as the black sheep of the family. And this family isn't one where black sheep are tolerated. The Gaitlins are rich and worthy, supposedly guided by their own special angel to do the right thing...

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  • Taschenbuch: 304 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: New Ed (25. Februar 1999)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0099272687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099272687
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 19,8 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.2 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (103 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 64.118 in Englische Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Englische Bücher)

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Barnaby Gaitlin is one of Anne Tyler's most promising unpromising characters. At 30, he has yet to graduate from college, is already divorced and is used to defeat. His mother thrives on reminding him of his adolescent delinquency and debt to his family, and even his daughter is fed up with his fecklessness. Still, attuned as he is to "the normal quota for misfortune," Barney is one of the star employees of Baltimore's Rent-a-Back, Inc., which pays him an hourly wage to help old people (and one young agoraphobe) run errands and sort out their basements and attics. Anne Tyler makes you admire most of these mothball eccentrics (though they're far from idealised) and hope that they can stave off nursing homes and death. There is, for example, "the unstoppable little black grandma whose children phoned us on an emergency basis whenever she threatened to overdo." And then there's Barnaby's new girlfriend's aunt, who will eventually accuse him of theft--"Over her forearm she carried a Yorkshire terrier, neatly folded like a waiter's napkin. "This is my doorbell," she said, thrusting him toward me. "I'd never have known you were out here if not for Tatters." These people are wonderful creations, but their lives are more brittle than cuddly; Barnaby knows better than to think of them as friends, because they'll only die on him. Yet his job offers at least glimpses of roots and affection. Helping an old lady set up her Christmas tree (on New Year's Eve!) gives him the chance to hang a singular ornament--a snowflake "pancake-sized, slightly crumpled, snipped from giftwrap so old that the Santas were smoking cigarettes." And Barnaby himself is sharp and impatient at painful--and painfully funny--family dinners, apparently unable to keep his finger off the auto-self-destruct button every time his life improves. As much as his superb creator, he is a poet of disappointment, resignation, and minute transformation. --Kerry Fried


"I was bowled over...I finished the book wishing it had been twice as long" (Jeremy Paxman)

"I can think of no other writer whose novels I look forward to with such gleeful anticipation. A Patchwork Planet is her fourteenth book, but were it for fortieth, it would not be enough for me... A delight from beginning to end" (Observer)

"Anne Tyler is inventive, funny and wise. Her fiction is magically alive to the quirks and coincidences of fate... [A Patchwork Planet] is charming, readable, and more full of touching and humane observations than many other novels you will read this year" (Guardian)

"A Patchwork Planet is thoroughly enjoyable...from this most responsive novel" (Sunday Times)

"Tyler's best book yet - which must make it pretty near perfection" (The Times)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Funny-sad in the best possible way 27. Februar 2004
Von Ein Kunde
This comparison might be a bit overused, but the main character Barnaby in "A patchwork planet" *really* reminds me of Holden Caulfield out of "The catcher in the Rye"- turned thirty. I think it is mainly the dry wit of his narrative voice.
And in my opinion Barnaby has a similar personality, somehow torn between extreme sympathy for and arrogance towards people. He views them like a child would, always with anstonishment and wonder. He can`t connect to their values and goals, even finds them funny, while they in turn criticize his lack of ambition, and, in their view, refusal to "grow up".
It's not often characters in books seem to me as believeable and true to life as they are here. The descriptions of Barnaby's family, friends, lover, daughter and especially the old people he deals with in his job are hilariously funny, but never overdone.
I also like the fact that any obvious moral at the end is missing. I keeps you wondering how things will turn out for everyone involved.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Und noch ein Meisterwerk von Anne Tyler 16. Juni 2011
Von Alex
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Es fällt mir schwer, meine Begeisterung für diese Geschichte in Worte zu fassen ohne mich dabei einfach nur in Superlativen zu verlieren.
Barnaby, die Hauptperson und gleichzeitig derjenige, der die Geschichte aus seiner Sicht erzählt, ist ein liebenswerter (fast) geläuterter Tunichtgut auf dem Weg zu einem besseren Leben.
In gewohnter Tyler-Manier ist alltägliches Treiben in seiner fast akribisch präzisen Beschreibung keinem Krimi spannungsmässig unterlegen. Ich weiss nicht, wie es diese Autorin schafft scheinbar Unbedeutendes so zu erzählen, dass der Leser gefesselt Seite um Seite verschlingt. Vielleicht liegt das Geheimnis ein bisschen auch darin, dass es eben genau die Details sind, die unser Leben ausmachen, dass es nichts Unbedeutendes gibt, sondern es an uns liegt, ob etwas wert ist betrachtet und berichtet zu werden. Andererseits versteht die Autorin auch perfekt die Kunst, den Leser eine Wendung in der Geschichte erahnen zu lassen, ohne dass dies explizit formuliert wird. Dies alles geschieht mit feinstem Humor, mit Sensibilität und einer Lebensklugheit, die niemals moralisierend daherkommt.
Man möchte noch viel Länger bei den Menschen dieser Geschichte bleiben dürfen, bei Barnaby und Sophia, seiner Tochter Opal, seinen Eltern und Grosseltern, bei den alten Leuten, die er bei Rent-a-back betreut, bei Martine und wie sie alle heissen. Und doch ist das Wann, Wo und Wie des Endes der Erzählung so brillant, dass das Weglegen des Buches ein wenig leichter fällt.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Patchwork Planet 12. Mai 2000
Von Ein Kunde
What is it about this book? It does not transport me to fascinating corners of the world, plumbing the depths of the jungle darkness, surveying the peaks of ice-capped mountains. Tyler carries me down to earth on a stream of pellucid descriptions of ordinary life. Barnaby Gaitlin, his ex-wife, his daughter, his parents, grandparents, co-workers, and the older folks for whom he works, sit uncomfortably close to our hearth and home. Barnaby comes from a wealthy home, though you'd never guess it by his bare basement home, his ragged jacket and the old car that's always in the garage. Like us, he's still waiting for life to begin, waiting for his regrets to fade from memory, waiting for his parents to turn into, well, another set of parents. He waits, he struggles, he ignores phone calls, he doesn't let his daughter's little rejections defeat him. And in the midst of this gray chaos, Barnaby is looking for his personal angel to appear and make it all better. Tyler touches her characters with the breath of life, replete with all the uncomfortable foibles and habits that we all have.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Enjoyable, quick read 26. Juni 2000
Von "bethsd2"
This is my fifth Anne Tyler book. While "Saint Maybe" remains my favorite, this one beats out "Celestial Navigation" which was my number two favorite. Barnaby is an interesting character because you read the story through his eyes yet you disagree with the way he views himself. He believes himself to be a bad person when he is anything but. He has made mistakes but is now doing the best he can to overcome them and be a positive influence on others lives. It is a frustrating book to read at times because we (the audience), Sophia, Mrs. Dibble, and all the clients of Rent-A-Back see Barnaby as a decent human but he refuses to see this side of himself until the end. When I finished this novel, I was happy to see that Barnaby had started to realize what a good person he really is. The only disappointment is the end. Do Sophia and Barnaby stay together? While it is a trite concern in the overall theme of the book, it is still an important issue...at least to me! :-)
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Another delightful Anne Tyler Story. 31. Mai 2000
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I have read and loved every one of Anne Tyler's 14 novels and A Patchwork Planet did not disappoint. Each of Ms. Tyler's books are about a different quirky Baltimore family and the main character is usually a flawed individual who grows through the story and overcomes some of their past problems. I will admit in looking back at the 14 titles, I can't always recall which book is about which quirky character, but they are all quite delightful reads. Barnaby Gaitlin is trying to overcome his past bad behavior, but his parents, brother, former best friend, ex-wife and even his young daughter always expect the worst and can't see that he is changing and becoming a responsible adult. His boss, co-workers and clients from Rent-a-Back seem to be the only ones who see his true potential and goodness. If you have liked Anne Tyler in the past, this is a must read book. If you haven't read her before, this is a worthy starting point.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good - but start with something else
If you read (and liked) "I know this much is true" by Wally Lamb, then do yourself a favor and read anything by Anne Tyler. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Mai 2000 von M. Beck
4.0 von 5 Sternen Tyler's Talent Shines
I loved the character, Barnaby Gaitlin. This is a character that one does not usually come across in a work of fiction. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 26. Mai 2000 von Patricia Lavins
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Sunday-Pot-Roast-Dinner of a Novel
A Tyler novel is like a Sunday pot roast dinner--it may sound conventional, but when the guests push themselves away from the dinner table, no one ever complains. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 17. Mai 2000 von Mark Valentine
4.0 von 5 Sternen Refreshing
I finished this book with a smile on my face - Anne Tyler never ceases to entertain. What I love about her books is the fluid drawing out of interesting people, her characters are... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. Mai 2000 von belladena
4.0 von 5 Sternen A Patchwork Planet
A Patchwork Planet is a mervelous novel! Anne Tyler sparkles as one of the strongest American novelists of our day. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. April 2000 von Juli
3.0 von 5 Sternen The underachievement of the contemporary novel
I turned the first pages of Anne Tyler's much lauded A Patchwork Planet with high expectations. On the back cover Nick Hornby had referred to her as America's greatest living... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 23. Februar 2000 veröffentlicht
4.0 von 5 Sternen A light confection that somehow manages to stick to the ribs
Although I read "A Patchwork Planet" last Spring,this book comes back to me in lightning bolts whenever I stroll Rittenhouse Square. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. Januar 2000 von Manny
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Patchwork Planet
This was a thoroughly enjoyable book. I was gradually drawn to like and then love Barnaby despite his at-first-sight unsavouryness. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 26. Januar 2000 von J. Van Cleeff
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