– 2018/195 – 48 years of books (1970)

A slipping down life (by Anne Tyler)

Anne Tyler always gets to me.  I read quite a few of her novels and at some point there’s always a line, a sentence that just cuts through you and plunges you into the book so that when you read the last page you feel dazed and confused by the reality around you.

This short novel, wrote in the year of my birth, does the same: the line for me was “The house had not yet heard of the death” and I won’t spoil you the story but when I read it all the pieces fell into place and all the previous pages made more sense and I was gone.

The blurb at the back of the book says this:

… but there’s so much more… it’s about growing up, and families, and love and friendship… and loneliness… and most of all the desire to belong, to something, to someone.

Is it her best book? No I don’t think so, but it’s a damn good book that lingers in your subconscious for longer you’d expect it to.

Worth reading.

Because it’s Friday after all, because one of the main characters is a wannabe rockstar and because Mr M and I watched ‘Patty Cakes’ this week, (good movie btw) I’m giving you a bonus track too:

The list so far…

2018   The mermaid and Mrs Hancock

2017 – Magari domain resto (Lorenzo Maroni)

2016 – Upstream (Mary Oliver)

2015   –  Reasons to stay alive (Matt Haig)

2014 – Annihilation (Jeff VanderMeer)

2013 – Careless people (Sarah Churchwell)

2012 – Wonder (RJ Palacia)

2011 – The Paris Wife (Paula McLain)

2010         

2009 – Let the great world spin (Colum McCann)

2008 – The White Tiger (Aravind Adiga)

2007  

2006 –  The Road (Cormac McCarthy)

2005 – Never let me go (Kazuo Ishiguro)

2004 – American Gods (Nail Gainman)

2003

2002 – Everything is illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer)

2001 

2000 – Coram Boy (Jamila Gavin)

1999

1998

1997 – Under Storm’s wings – (Helen Thomas)

1996 – Wilfred and Eileen (Jonathan Smith)

1995

1994

1993

1992 – The daughters of the house (Michele Roberts)

1991- Regeneration (Pat Barker)

1990 – Darkness visible (William Styron)

1989 – Like water for chocolate (Laura Esquivel)

1988

1987 – Norwegian Wood (Haruki Murakami)

1986

1985­ – Oranges are not the only fruit (Jeanette Winterson)

1984  – Hotel du Lac (Anita Brookner)

1983 –  Heartburn (Nora Ephron)

1982  – The colour purple (Alice Walker)

1981 

1980 – Emmeline (Judith Rossiter)

1979– The bloody chamber (Angela Carter)

1978

1977   The passion of New Eve (Angela Carter)

1976

1975 –  First love, last rites – (Ian McEwan)

1974

1973 –  the honorary consul (Graham Greene)

1972

1971  – Reunion (Fred Uhlman)

1970  – A slipping down life (Anne Tyler)

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