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A Patchwork Planet, Pulitzer Prize-winning Anne Tyler’s 14th novel, finds the black-sheep son of an old Baltimore family attempting to get his life on trac. .

A Patchwork Planet, Pulitzer Prize-winning Anne Tyler’s 14th novel, finds the black-sheep son of an old Baltimore family attempting to get his life on trac.Recalls Tyler’s early works, such as Celestial Navigation and Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant, whic. re peopled by genuine eccentrics whose grip on the world is charmingly, but definitely, precariou. nne Tyler lovingly captures that world. The Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Anne Tyler - A Patchwork Planet. William Hope reads Anne Tyler's humorous novel about Barnaby Gaitlin, a man caught robbing houses in his area in his youth and who now does odd-jobs for elderly people.

A Patchwork Planet is a novel by Anne Tyler. Published in 1998, it tells the story of Barnaby Gaitlin, anti-hero and failure who suffers from more than the usual quota of misfortune. The book is noted for its complement of old people and eccentrics, and its sharply ironic humor. The novel is narrated by 30-year-old Barnaby, whose life has gone off the rails since he was caught robbing neighborhood homes as an adolescent

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Book and Jacket appear to have hardly been read and are both in As new condition throughout. This Is An Entrancing Novel About Growing Up And Growing Old, About Love And Families, About The Triumph Of Uck And Serendipity Over Logic And Experience. Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant ~ Anne Tyler, 1982 1st Ed. Hardcover w/jacket.

by Anne Tyler First published April 14th 1998. Showing 1-30 of 53. A Patchwork Planet (Paperback). Published May 1st 2001 by Ballantine Books. Paperback, 320 pages. Author(s): Anne Tyler. ISBN: 080411918X (ISBN13: 9780804119184).

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Over a million anne tyler books sold . She's changed my perception on life' Anna Chancellor. One of my favourite authors ' Liane Moriarty. She spins gold' Elizabeth Buchan. Anne Tyler has no peer' Anita Shreve. My favourite writer, and the best line-and-length novelist in the world' Nick Hornby. A masterly author' Sebastian Faulks. Tyler is not merely good, she is wickedly good' John Updike. from this most responsive novel Sunday Times . Anne Tyler.

Barnaby Gaitlin is a loser - just short of thirty, he's the black sheep of a philanthropic Baltimore family. Once upon a time, he had a home, a loving wife, a little family of his own; now he has an ex-wife, a 9-year old daughter with attitude, a Corvette Sting Ray that's a collector's item but unreliable, and he works as hired muscle for Rent-a-Back, doing heavy chores for old folks. He has an almost pathological curiosity about other people's lives, which has got him into serious trouble in the past, and a hopeless charm which attracts the kind of angelic woman who wants to save him from himself. Tyler's observation is more acute, more delicious than ever; her humour slyer and more irresistible; her characters so vividly realised that you feel you've known this quirky collection for ever. With perfect pitch and poise, humour and humanity, Anne Tyler chronicles, better than any writer today, the sublime and the ridiculous of everyday living, the foibles and frailties of the ordinary human heart.

This is a fairly standard issue Anne Tyler book. A lost soul, in this case a man who's in his late 20s, weaves his way into the lives of numerous elderly citizens in Baltimore, becoming a crucial part of their lives while not having much of his own. Barnaby Gaitlin (ridiculous name, especially given that his brother's name is the normal Jeffrey) was a troubled teen who stole, got drunk and high, and even set things on fire. Through these actions, he burned (pun intended) his bridges with his parents, a wealthy father who works at the family foundation and an upward-striving, working class mom. He also burned through a too-early marriage in 18 months, and his ex-wife is happily remarried Philadelphia, so Barnaby rarely sees his 8 year old daughter.

Barnaby's job is pure Anne Tyler: he works for "Rent-a-Back," a service that does odd jobs for elderly and shut-ins. These are not even handyman jobs. They're more like cleaning the blinds or rearranging things in the garage or taking people to the doctor.

As a result, 29 year old Barnaby spends his time wandering around Baltimore homes of the elderly. He basically has no friends his age except a couple of coworkers. He has one old high school buddy, but they've grown far apart because the buddy is a big success and didn't get caught when he was breaking-and-entering with Barnaby. And so Barnaby stumbles through life with an odd job, a subsistence wage, and a mother who rages at him every time she sees him for his wasted life and the $8,700 he owes them when they repaid neighbors for things he stole (as a way to keep them from pressing charges and sending him to juvenile jail).

Into this life comes Sophia, a slightly heavy and older-than-she-looks 36 year old loan officer at a bank. She falls for Barnaby's looks and bad-boy charm, and she turns him around, too. He becomes more responsible, finds a way to repay his parents, and gets closer to both his family and his daughter through Sophia's graces. But things go wrong for him again, and his customers stand behind him. The question is whether Sophia will, too.

It's edgier than some Anne Tyler stories because of Barnaby's past, but it has the same sweetness, quirkiness and hopefulness that's so likeable in other stories.
Anne Tyler has a reputation for saying big things through the small people living ordinary lives who populate her novels. More often than not, her main characters are at odds with the prevailing wisdom of the world around them. Such is the case in "A Patchwork Planet."

Barnaby G. is the classic underachiever par excellence--and there is little that our society looks down upon outside of out-and-out criminality than an underachiever. Oh, by the way, Barnaby was once a criminal, too: a juvenile delinquent who repeatedly broke into his neighbor's homes.

But a good deal of Anne Tyler's genius is in her ability to make us see the beauty and nobility of flawed characters such as Barnaby and to enlist our sympathy for them and their struggle against the norm. That's what she does in "A Patchwork Planet," creating in Barnaby a character you'll root for, warts and all.

Barnaby works for an outfit called Rent-a-Back which helps old people do manual chores they may no longer be up to doing themselves. It's not exactly a profession for the ambitious young go-getter that everyone expects Barnaby to be; it's hardly a "profession" at all. But for Barnaby its rewarding, honest work that allows him to live the simple and uncomplicated life he chooses to live. Barnaby's elderly clients love him and he loves them back in his own self-effacing, conflicted way.

The problem is that while Barnaby is satisfied with his seemingly meager lot in life--the basement apartment, the broken down car, the menial labor--almost everyone around him is dissatisfied with the way he's chosen to live. Enter Sophia, a seemingly ordinary woman who may be the angel that family myth says will appear at a crucial turning-point in each Gaitlin's life.

The unorthodox love-affair that unfolds between Sophie and Barnaby, who is already divorced with a difficult ex and a young daughter he seldom sees, is not, however, what you might reasonably expect it to be. And that, too, is a manifestation of Tyler's genius as an author: her ability to wring the unexpected from what in the hands of other authors would be the most cliché'd plots. She walks the dangerous tightrope of sentimentality without falling into bathos by providing a compensatory counterbalance of cynical realism, often when you least expect it. No one in this novel is 100% wonderful, not even 75% terrific. At best, you're getting 60-40 good, 55-45 doing the best they can.

One reads "A Patchwork Planet" and thinks to herself "I could write a novel like this." Tyler makes the effort look so effortless. But go ahead and try. The language is so straightforward, the story so simple, the characters so succinctly drawn you don't see how hard it is to write like Anne Tyler. Why almost no one can.

I've only come recently to Anne Tyler's work and I'm glad she's had such a head start, writing some seventeen or so novels before I'd read even one. I'm afraid, though, that even with such a prodigious head start, at the rate I'm going through her work I'll catch up before the year is over.
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Anne Tyler's gift for characterization is never more in evidence than in the narrator of this novel. Barnaby Gaitlin is the black sheep of a wealthy Baltimore family, divorced, working a menial job, struggling to maintain a semblance of respectability and good relations with his ex-wife and nine-year-old daughter. A chance encounter on a train to Philadelphia brings him together with Sophia, a calm, competent woman with whom Barnaby finds love and a chance at happiness. But life is never as simple as it seems...
As with many of Tyler's books, what seems at first to be a collection of inconsequential and even trivial events gathers a surprising cumulative force, due to the profusion of funny and moving observations about life, death, love and family along the way. The strength and emotional power of Patchwork Planet lies as much in the incidental encounters with Barnaby's clientele (he works for a service called Rent-a-Back, performing odd jobs for elderly and disabled folk) as with those nominally closer to him. By the end the reader is totally wrapped up in Barnaby's emotional odyssey, rooting for him to win through to happiness, which at the last he seems on the verge of attaining, though not in the way one might have expected.
A Patchwork Planet will speak to anyone who has felt overwhelmed by the small daily battles of existence, unloved by loved ones, and insecure about his/her place and purpose in life; in other words, just about anyone.