Searching for Caleb Paperback – Aug 27 1996
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"Family sagas have such an endless appeal that whenever one meets a really good one, like Anne Tyler's Searching for Caleb, one wonders why anyone bothers to write a different form of novel" -- Auberon Waugh "Anne Tyler is a writer whose special gift is to convey the richness, strangeness and unpredicability of seemingly everyday lives" Sunday Telegraph "Strange and enchanting" The Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Anne Tyler is one of America's most acclaimed novelists, and in 1994 was nominated 'greatest living novelist writing in English' by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby. Her fiction includes the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Breathing Lessons and The Accidental Tourists, which was made into a major film. Her most recent novels are Ladder of Years, the bestselling Back when We Were Grownups and The Amateur Marriage. Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis in 1941, but has lived for many years with her family in Baltimore, where her novels are set. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The characters in "Searching for Caleb" are typical Tyler: quirky, odd, flawed, and appealingly annoying. Most of them are what someone would describe as a "character", someone unusual.
Justine, Duncan, and Daniel Peck are so finely and realistically drawn by this talented author that one wonders where they have gone when the book is finished. Tyler makes them so real...I found myself wanting to kick Justine and Duncan in the seat and telling them to get their acts together and end their fly-by-night life for the sake of their daughter.
I think it is the mark of a great author when s/he gets a reader to feel this involved in a book, even if the feelings are ones of frustration, or even of anger, at the characters' actions.
The Peck family is a staple of Baltimore society; their homes are meticulous; their manners impeccable; their views staunch and unchanging; their style set in stone like the identical homes they reside in. BUT, Duncan and Justine, walking to the beat of different drummers, break away in search of spontaniety. Their idosyncratic attempts toward this end, make for a most insightful presentation.
Don't be afraid. Meet the Pecks. You will come to accept and like them warts and all. This is quite a delightful read!
Most recent customer reviews
Anne Tyler succeeds in the difficult art of making essentially boring, humdrum, quirky, flawed, annoying, bizarre, weirdo social misfits the fascinating and eminently readable... Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2003 by Peggy Vincent
This is only the second Anne Tyler book I've read and I'm not impressed. The book was depressing. I had hope as the book progressed that the main character would... Read morePublished on May 30 2001 by L. Somsel
I really enjoyed this novel. The characters are so well developed.Published on Sept. 1 2000 by Amazon Customer
One of, if not THE BEST, of Anne Tyler's wonderful novels. After reading this book, I had a new understanding of Fortune tellers and more importantly of families and family... Read morePublished on May 14 2000 by Amazon Customer
Searching for Caleb is quintessential Tyler -- quirky and bittersweet with characters you'll remember for a long time after you read the book. Read morePublished on Jan. 20 2000 by Tracy Cradit
Can you say "I didn't get it" about a book? Yes? OK, then - I didn't get it! Couldn't understand the point of it. Read morePublished on Dec 20 1999 by Nirit
I have read everything from Anne Tyler, and this is without a doubt my favorite. Although I agree that Justine, Duncan, or any of the Pecks are hardly rolemodels, they are... Read morePublished on Nov. 27 1999
To email@example.com from Canada: try "Saint Maybe," before you give up on Anne Tyler. I think you'll like it much better than these two. Read morePublished on Oct. 8 1999 by ca-bookshelf