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Breathing Lessons (Science Fiction) [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Anne Tyler
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17. September 1992 Science Fiction

Breathing Lessons covers the events of a day in the life of Maggie Moran, nearing fifty, married to Ira and with two children. Her eternal optimism and her inexhaustible passion for sorting out other people's lives and willing them to fall in love is severely tested one hot summer day.

Maggie and Ira drive from Baltimore to Deer Lick to attend the funeral of the husband of Serena, Maggie's childhood friend. During the course of the journey, with its several unexpected detours - into the lives of old friends and grown children - Anne Tyler shows us all there is to know about a marriage: the expectations; the disappointments; the way children can create storms in a family; the way that wife and husband can fall in love all over again; the way that everything - and nothing - changes.

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  • Taschenbuch: 336 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: New Ed (17. September 1992)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0099201410
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099201410
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 2,2 x 12,7 x 19,5 cm
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  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 105.473 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)

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Maggie Moran's mission is to connect and unite people, whether they want to be united or not. Maggie is a meddler and as she and her husband, Ira, drive 90 miles to the funeral of an old friend, Ira contemplates his wasted life and the traffic, while Maggie hatches a plant to reunite her son Jesse with his long-estranged wife and baby. As Ira explains, "She thinks the people she loves are better than they really are, and so then she starts changing things around to suit her view of them." Though everyone criticizes her for being "ordinary," Maggie's ability to see the beauty and potential in others ultimately proves that she is the only one fighting the resignation they all fear. The book captured the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1989. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


"A novel by Anne Tyler is a subject for rejoicing...Breathing Lessons is a pleasure to read" (The Times)

"Breathing Lessons is a work of art" (Guardian)

"Anne Tyler's characters are simultaneously funny and sad, heroic and pathetic and none more so than Maggie and end up thinking you've known this family all your life" (John O'Farrell)

"Her writing style is superb...there is humour...the dialogue both external and internal is fantastic" (Savidge Reads)

"An arresting slice of Baltimore life" (Independent)

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4.0 von 5 Sternen A Valuable Life Lesson 19. Mai 2000
Anne Tyler's book Breathing Lessons uses countless motifs to convey her message that no human being is perfect, nor is any relationship ideal. It tells the story of Maggie and Ira Moran, involved in a relationship that has gone stale after 28 years of marriage. Maggie, depicted with the repeated "frizz" motif, is characterized by her ditsy, scatterbrained personality. She tries in vain throughout the whole novel to selflessly mend everyone's problems, mainly in efforts to save her son's marriage. Ira, her pessimistic, chiding husband simply engrosses himself in negative views about the "wasteful" human race and avoids Maggie if possible, otherwise remains quietly tolerant of her extremely obnoxious chatter. Even Maggie describes him as "one of those people who are born competent" (Tyler, 234.) The basic plot includes the couple's trip to an old friend's funeral, their insignificant adventures along the way, and a flashback to earlier years during their marriage. Although the flashback section tends to get tedious and wordy, it includes some of life's most meaningful lessons. It depicts the Moran's son Jesse's devotion to his wife and child after living a contrasting rebellious teenage life (continually symbolized by a "black" motif). Mainly, the book is packed full of the contrasting views of Maggie, the idealist who sees everyone with good intentions and pure hearts, and Ira, the realist who sadly often sees things in the sad state they truly are in. The motifs "hot" and "sticky" are used to foreshadow arguments betweeen the two. Their optimistic/pessimistic views are the main spark for their arguments, though it is also what keeps their marriage alive. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Reads like a soap opera side-line 29. April 2000
Von Ein Kunde
The characters and plot in the novel reminded me of the boring families and plot lines in a soap opera--the ones you fast forward through until you get to the ones you really care about. Unfortunately, I wish I could have fast forwarded through this novel as easily. I never became vested in the outcome because the characters and story never really hooked me. I didn't really care what happened to them.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Marriage? 27. April 2000
Von Kelly
Tyler presents a novel that peeks into the private life of a marriage that must deal with the plights of middle-age. In just one day, we see the past and the future of a couple that must learn to rely on eachother. A ninty-mile car trip soon becomes the vehicle in which Ira and Maggie learn that life is neither pruning nor wastefullness, but rather a journey of love
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3.0 von 5 Sternen For this a Pulitzer Prize? 16. Februar 2000
True, Anne Tyler paints a colorful, vivid picture of the Morans, their marriage, their concerns for family and friends. And, at times, her writing is funny--many scenes would translate well on film. I'm just not sure its message is all that memorable.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen For this a Pulitzer Prize? 4. Februar 2000
True, Anne Tyler paints a colorful, vivid picture of the Morans, their marriage, their concerns for family and friends. And, at times, her writing is funny-many scenes would translate well on film. I'm just not sure its message is all that memorable.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Give this book a chance 20. Januar 2000
I've read Breathing Lessons twice, and even saw the Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie. I thought it was truly heartfelt and very real. In response to what the others had to say about it, it's simply the story of an aging woman. She's getting used to all the changes that were taking place in her life. Please remember that Maggie didn't grow up in a time when there was such a thing as a single mother. I think it's hard for Maggie to understand how Fiona's mind works. You have to understand that Maggie is just concerned about her son--remember her plan is to patch things up between Fiona and her son. The husband of Maggie's closest friend also passes away. It's startling for Maggie to go to that funeral and see how all the people she used to know have changed. I think the meandering plot line is symbolic of Maggie's personality. Not everyone is going to like it, but at least give it a chance. It's so funny! (Obviously this book wasn't written to impress teenagers! They need to stick to Sweet Valley High or Nancy Drew Mysteries)
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Did this really win the Pulitzer Prize? 9. Januar 2000
Von Bookworm
This book was clearly written for those who believe that the ordinary is extraordinary. True, simplicity can be beautiful and illuminating, but banality is just boring. While the characters are amusing, the plot lacks direction and focus. On a good note, the prose is smooth and highly readable.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen My Opinion on Breathing Lessons from a Teen 16. Dezember 1999
Von Ein Kunde
For the last two weeks I have been reading, "Breathing Lessons," by Anne Tylor. This book talks about a married couple's life and how they view little everyday events that happen. Feelings of the Morans marriage sucks the reader into own life and individual thoughts. Anne Tylor takes you the lets your feelings become involved when reading this 324 pgae book. This book starts around the 80's in Balitmore. it's a small town where everyone seems to be involved in everybody else's life. Maggie and her husband, Ira, have been married for around 20 years or so. Each have thier different ways of thinking. They argue everyday like most couples do, but as they argue, the reader finds themselves taking sides on who is right. Little everyday words are taken in as the reader reads and strikes a different meaning. "Ah, God, I have been stuck with these people all my life. and I'm never going to be free." Pg. 165 Frases so often spoken by ourselves, but never seem to love what we have around ourselves. We as people don't realize enough with our busy life. The cover of this book illisrates a flying bird over a green plain. The only thing a person could think of when seeing this cover is to think of being free from life's pressures. To once in life, take a step back from our busy sheldules and enjoy life. This book to me wasn't the best book I have ever read because I think this book was written for adults. I am a teen and wouldn't recommend it to other teens. I couldn't relate much and the story to me was a bit boring. Little flashbacks and car trips only made this reading process longer.
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