Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant Hardcover – Large Print, Jan 1 1983
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“Beautiful . . . funny, heart-hammering, wise . . . Superb entertainment.”
–The New York Times
“A book that should join those few that every literate person will have to read.”
–The Boston Globe
“A novelist who knows what a proper story is . . . [Tyler is] not only a good and artful writer, but a wise one as well.”
“Anne Tyler is surely one of the most satisfying novelists working in America today.”
“In her ninth novel she has arrived at a new level of power.”
–JOHN UPDIKE, The New Yorker
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I first read this book back in 1984, long before I was in the publishing business. I was traveling through Greece with a friend and our hotel had shelves of books that other guests had left behind and were free for the taking.. I picked up Dinner.... knowing absolutely nothing about it. What a wonderful surprise and discovery!. I felt I had never read anything quite like it.The characters were so real, so familiar that I felt I did actually know them. In fact, for weeks after I finished the book, I had dreams about Ezra, one of the characters in the book and the owner of the Homesick Restaurant. In the dreams, he was my brother and he was just as sweet and vulnerable as he was in the book. I never re-read books because I'm usually disappointed the second time around because the sense of newness and discovery is gone. But I did read Dinner.... again and loved it as much, and even found new things I hadn't noticed before. This novel is truly a classic.
--Maureen O'Neal --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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But to me this book seems more like an experiment she unwisely indulged in. Once again she starts off with her usual 'ordinary people' - only this time she decided to let them all slide downhill while we, the readers, are obliged to follow along dismally as their lives become ever more hopeless and 'Jonah-like' with each new chapter. There simply isn't a cheerful or uplifting moment in the entire book ! To my eyes, the experiment was a complete flop ... because there's just NO FUN in it, anywhere.
In my opinion, if you really want to experience the genius of Anne Tyler, do "NOT" start here. Try "A Patchwork Planet", or "Earthly Possessions", or "Saint Maybe", or "The Accidental Tourist". There are so many, much better books of hers to choose from - most being quite the opposite of this depressing tale .
Anne Tyler leaves us with no answers and little hope for the enmeshed dysfunction of American families. We all live out our damaged lives with a sense of desperation for what we cannot become while feeling locked into the role and mindset that we were originally cast into through circumstances that were beyond our control..............
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It was an OK read. It's a story of complete communication hopelessness in a family. As a voyeur into the family I found it frustrating to witness because to correct it didn't... Read morePublished 3 months ago by pamster170
A really well written story about a dysfunctional family. The characters become so real you think you can almost touch them. I enjoyed it a lot. Another page turner. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Michal
The story begins with 85 year old Pearl Tull, blind and on her deathbed reminiscing about her life, her fears, regrets and her three children. Read morePublished on Dec 25 2011 by Janet B
Pearl Tull is nearing the end of her life but not of her memory. It was a Sunday night in 1944 when her husband left the little row house on Baltimore's Calvert Street, abandoning... Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2011 by Louise Jolly
Anne Tyler is quirky, but a master writer and this is her best! Her way with a story is amazing! I've read twelve of Tyler's novels and this is by far my favorite. Read morePublished on July 16 2004 by Grozarks
For those readers familiar with Tyler's more recent works, such as _Amateur Marriage_, _Ladder of Years_, or _Back When We Were Grownups_, _Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant_ will... Read morePublished on May 29 2004 by J. Grattan
Anne Tyler does it again with her extraordinary ability to create offbeat characters that the reader comes to care deeply about. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2003 by Julie anne Saldate