Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant

Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant BONUS This edition contains an excerpt from Anne Tyler s The Beginner s Goodbye A book that should join those few that every literate person will have to read THE BOSTON GLOBEPearl Tull is nearing the

  • Title: Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant
  • Author: Anne Tyler
  • ISBN: 9780307784520
  • Page: 155
  • Format: ebook
  • BONUS This edition contains an excerpt from Anne Tyler s The Beginner s Goodbye A book that should join those few that every literate person will have to read THE BOSTON GLOBEPearl Tull is nearing the end of her life but not her memory Ever since 1944 when her husband left her, she has raised her three very different children on her own Now grown, they have gatheredBONUS This edition contains an excerpt from Anne Tyler s The Beginner s Goodbye A book that should join those few that every literate person will have to read THE BOSTON GLOBEPearl Tull is nearing the end of her life but not her memory Ever since 1944 when her husband left her, she has raised her three very different children on her own Now grown, they have gathered together with anger, with hope, and with a beautiful, harsh, and dazzling story to tell.

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    About "Anne Tyler"

    1. Anne Tyler

      Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina She graduated at nineteen from Duke University and went on to do graduate work in Russian studies at Columbia University She has published 20 novels, her debut novel being If Morning Ever Comes in 1964 The Beginner s Goodbye is Anne Tyler s nineteenth novel her eleventh, Breathing Lessons, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

    590 thoughts on “Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant”

    1. This is my first time to read 3 books by an author in succession: one, two, three Just like the saying when it rains, it pours, I am having an Anne Tyler Book Festival. After reading her The Accidental Tourist I went to the bookstore and bought Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant and read right away. Then last Friday, when I was winding down with the second book, I bought Breathing Lessons and I am now reading it. The whole experience is like finding a gold mine. Here is Anne Tyler who I never tho [...]

    2. This was only my 2nd Anne Tyler novel but I can already tell she is going to become one of my favorite authors. Her characters are SOOO real, and her observations of everyday life are spot on. It's the kind of story where nothing happens but you can't stop reading. She brings everything to life and puts you right in the center of the story. This one took a couple chapters to get into, but once I got situated I was hooked. I loved the changing perspectives and how she was able to show you the sam [...]

    3. This was my second read by Anne Tyler, and I instantly knew that I loved it as much as the first one. However, it wasn't until the very last pages until I realized what it is exactly that I love so much about her stories: They speak the truth! From the two books I've read by her so far (this one and "A Spool of Blue Thread"), I can gather that Anne Tyler writes about family life and the dynamics between family members. She's a master at creating a clever plot that hides things and leaves you wan [...]

    4. Now this is great literature! It follows the lives of three siblings: Cody is bitter & envious, Ezra kind but excessively passive and Jenn is overly impulsive with a penchant for marrying the wrong men. After their father deserts the family they’re left to be raised by their mother Pearl Tull, a rigid perfectionist with a definite mean streak. What struck a chord for me was how all three children growing up in the same household could all remember their childhood so differently. I thought [...]

    5. I think any aspiring writer (myself included) should read this book by Anne Tyler. It doesn't have the best "storyline" if there is one really here, it's not always engaging plot wise because her playing with different points of view left me quite disconnected from the characters when they don't appear after a while or suddenly a big chronological time jump happens. But it kept me reading because of the amazing, mind-blowing writing! Seriously, this are some real messed up characters and family, [...]

    6. My overall most memorable fiction read of the year. I’ve been lukewarm on Anne Tyler’s novels before – this is my sixth from her – but this instantly leapt onto my list of absolute favorite books. Its chapters are like perfectly crafted short stories focusing on different members of the Tull family. These vignettes masterfully convey the common joys and tragedies of a fractured family’s life. After Beck Tull leaves with little warning, Pearl must raise Cody, Ezra and Jenny on her own a [...]

    7. Last month I introduced myself to Anne Tyler when I FINALLY picked up my dusty copy of her '89 Pulitzer winner, Breathing Lessons. It was a slow beginning for me, but I eventually came to love her writing style and her quirky observations on life.So, I put it out there to the ladies of book club. . . does anyone have a copy of that other book she wrote, you know, The Accidental Tourist? One of the ladies not only brought it straight to my doorstep, but also handed me Dinner at the Homesick Resta [...]

    8. Since I finished DINNER AT THE HOMESICK RESTAURANT yesterday, I have started at least five very different reviews of the novel. I've got a bad case of Prufrockitis. I'm stuck on the "overwhelming question": What am I really willing to pay attention to? As Tyler's work reminds us, what we pay attention to, not only reveals who we are, but also --to a great extent -- shapes who we become. And yet, despite its importance, this point is not what I want to focus on. That I keep discarding drafts of r [...]

    9. This is my second encounter with Anne Tyler's books and this time is as good as the first one.Pearl Tull raises her three kids after her husband just pack up and go. It's in the 1940 somewhere and there's not much a fuzz when it happens. Pearl stays loyal to the scroundel but also turns out to be an often miss-understood, mean and abusive mother. Most of the time it is verbal, but the effect on her children is as damaging as their father's abandonment. How they approached life is evident in the [...]

    10. #2016-usa-geography-challenge: MARYLANDOnce again, Anne Tyler has written a terrific book about broken families and eccentric, wounded people. The Tull family appears to have survived their father walking out on them as children but every family member seems to remember the events of their childhood a bit differently. Was Pearl a loving mother or an abusive shrew? Or was she just doing the best she could in a difficult situation? What experiences we give emphasis to seem to shape who we become a [...]

    11. This novel sat on my "to read" pile for years, and boy do I regret that now. This is one of the best written character studies I have ever come across in my reading life. From the first page I was struck by the clarity and humanity of the writing, and the depth of reality that oozed from the characters as I kept turning the pages.I won't rehash plot points here, but contrary to what some of these reviews say, there actually is a plot. We peek into the life of Pearl Tull from teenage years to dea [...]

    12. At first, I didn't care about any of the children in this book, and by the end, I mostly hated them. This book was dull and disappointing, with an ending that made me furious. But this was also one of those books that, after glaring at it for a few day and letting it soak in, I realized it accomplished it's goal. It evoked something in me, at least, in the end. Though the cover and synopsis might lead you to believe otherwise, this is no beach read. But the fact that I read it over a year ago an [...]

    13. This is Anne Tyler's best work. There are no lovable characters but there is no need for someone to love. The story is enough. It's a fantastic labyrinth of bitterness. Eventually, you end up loving to hate all of them.

    14. My first Anne Tyler book and I thoroughly enjoyed it! Hope to read some of her others. Interesting story of a family that is torn apart when the father decides to leave. Totally dysfunctional in their inter-personal family relationships due to that. The mother is a hard woman, who has to raise three totally different children as a single-parent. Despite this the children all succeed in life, the daughter becomes a Pediatrician, the eldest son an Efficiency Expert and the young son owns a Restaur [...]

    15. “You think we're a family,' Cody said, turning back. 'You think we're some jolly, situation-comedy family when we're in particles, torn apart, torn all over the place, and our mother was a witch.”Books about dysfunctional families are my favourite. This is my first book by Tyler, but it definitely won't be my last. The plot is quite simple, as Tyler's focus is the day to day lives across the years of this American family. She superbly intertwines the perspectives of four distinct characters, [...]

    16. If you have not ever read this book, stop reading this review right now, go pick it up, and don't do anything else until you're done. If you're still reading this then you're either disobedient or you know how truly fabulous this novel is. Anne Tyler is an absolutely genius writer. She takes a series of events that are seemingly nothing--seriously, nothing of "consequence" really happens in this book--but you're captivated from the first chapter.As I was reading I found myself feeling sympathy f [...]

    17. Usually I really enjoy Anne Tyler's books but I was not able to really engage with this one. It is a story of a dysfunctional family viewed in separate chapters by different members of the family. The book starts well with the mother on her death bed recalling her life and I had great hopes for it at that point. However as we progress through all the very unlikable members of her family I lost sympathy and then interest. At the end I cannot even remember the names of all the main characters. Not [...]

    18. Reading 'Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant' was something like the warmth of a summer breeze. The on start might not be so engaging but once you settle down in the story, the interest deepens and you are not even halfway through and you decide that this the sort of stuff you have got to like. It would take a lot not to love the story of a mother, her three difficult children, a home that is left fatherless not because of death but a sudden caprice. Or something that had been brewing for long und [...]

    19. I have read many of Anne Tyler's novels over the years but for some reason, I never got around to reading 'Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant'… until now. Having finished the book, it seems to me that I unknowingly saved it for just the right time in my life. I found pieces of my own life in the characters in this story. The novel contains several themes but the theme that seems most prominent is that of the fluidity of human memory perhaps not simply the fluidity of memory but how unreliable m [...]

    20. 4.5 stars -- a great read for my holiday season theme of family relationships and dynamics. If you think your family is dysfunctional and the people you're close to are full of grudges from past hurts, and angry about miscommunication and childhood psychological abuse -- reading about this bunch will probably make you feel at least a little better about your situation (!). I read this fairly quickly and really enjoyed seeing the story unfold from the perspective of each character -- chiefly thre [...]

    21. There used to be a restaurant in Baltimore called Hausner's and I always imagined it might be the model for the Homesick. I don't think it was, though.I just read this book again, and I find it remarkable that I remembered almost none of it. It's much sadder than I remembered. And, most surprising, I didn't remember the incidents of child abuse. Of all the things to forget! Anne Tyler is noted for her "angel's eye view" of her characters, loving and forgiving even the meanest among them. And she [...]

    22. This was a feel-good book - and in that respect it truly did it's job. I was coming off a book that was very dark and I needed to read something that offered lighter fare. Revolving around a family, the story shows how different perspectives can be from person to person, even in the same family unit. Interesting and likable characters (although you will have your favorites and those you root for) along with a storyline but isn't too predictable this is a great book for summer read, or even a boo [...]

    23. Update: I've been thinking more about this novel, based my friend Reese's review and on my reading of Jane Smiley's "13 Ways of Looking at the Novel." Smiley makes some wonderful points"(Smiley, p. 104) And to tell the story of an ordinary family, as Anne Tyler does in "Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant," may be the hardest of all to justify. The Tulls have no pretensions to distinction, other than the normal distinctions of ordinary life; they live at a certain address and have experienced cer [...]

    24. Tyler's humor, her sense of place, her eccentric characters, her use of language, and her lyrical descriptions are magnificent. Anne Tyler says that Eudora Welty has been the most influential on her writing and the admiration is mutual, as shown by Welty's comment about this novel: "If I could have written the last sentence in Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant I'd have been happy for the rest of my life" (Welty in Salwak, p. 11)Tolstoy famously wrote that "Happy families are all alike; every unh [...]

    25. Some people read and seem to be looking for friends and their responses to books are colored by their like or dislike of characters. Is Pearl likable? Hell no! She is prickly, stand-iffish, critical and at times horridly abusive of her children. Do we understand her better by the end of the book. Yes! That's the way it is with people and with great authors like Tyler. She presents us with a cast of characters all of whom have been hurt by the abandonment of a close family member. Tyler shows us [...]

    26. This review contains spoilers:I found this very normal as a certain type of novel. The type that portrays the mostly everyday life of a person/family/etc over a period of time, delving into their thoughts and feelings, to look into the underlying forces that guide our human experience. In this case, it's a family, and their lives are profoundly uninteresting most of the time, and wildly implausible some of the time. I suppose this could provide fertile ground for the whole delving-into-the-under [...]

    27. This quotation characterizes the entire novel: "You think we're a family," Cody said, turning back. "You think we're some jolly, situation-comedy family when we're in particles, torn apart, torn all over the place, and our mother was a witch A raving, shrieking, unpredictable witch. She slammed us against the wall and called us scum and vipers, and she wished us dead, shook us till our teeth rattled, screamed in our faces. We never knew from one day to the next, was she all right? Was she not? T [...]

    28. This book started out slow, but was pretty engaging once you got into it. Homesick is the story of a family. A very dysfunctional family. Of course, who's family isn't dysfunctional, right? This is sort of the point it seems to me. Each chapter is some part of the family story and each one is told from a different point of view. The mother, the father and the three children are all so very different from one another, but are held together somewhat tenuously by their family ties. The father walke [...]

    29. When abandoned by her salesman husband Pearl Tull is left to look after three children. Through a series of crucial life events Anne Tyler examines how each child dealt with the aftermath of a broken family, how some remained bitter and went as far away as possible whilst other remained too close to home, woefully ill-equipped for leading an adult life.Two words settled and remained in my mind after this one: Damaged. Goods.Although the preservation of the family as an entity remains no guarante [...]

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