Clock Dance – Anne Tyler

“I always think it’s a good sign when a man likes cats. It shows he doesn’t feel the need to be in constant control of things.” 
 Anne Tyler, Clock Dance

Where to start with this book? It was simultaneously heart breaking and uplifting. It found focus on the futility of life, and of the joy in every day things. It drew the spotlight on happiness and the mundane. I loved it.

As I was reading, I instantly drew comparisons to Stoner (John Williams) and The World According to Garp (John Irving), but by about three quarters of the way through, I realised that the only similarity is that this is an (almost) whole of life story. Stoner and The World According to Garp were full of melodrama and men desperate to (and terrified that they wouldn’t) leave a legacy. Clock Dance follows a woman’s life long search for happiness. We see her make decisions that may not be in her best interests – but don’t we all. And by the end, I was rooting for her so much. Just do it, JUST DO IT!

This was a riveting read, and one of those books which starts making you question and evaluate your own life. Beautiful!


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