Ladder of Years | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Cathleen Schine

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Critical Review by Cathleen Schine

SOURCE: "New Life for Old," in The New York Times Book Review, May 7, 1995, p. 12.

In the following review, Schine praises Tyler's Ladder of Years.

The French have said that William Wyler, the great director of movies like Dodsworth and The Best Years of Our Lives, had a "style sans style." Anne Tyler has this same deceptive "style without a style." Opening one of her books in the middle and picking a page at random, a reader might not immediately recognize her individual rhythm or idiosyncratic temperament. She does nothing fancy, nothing tricky. But so rigorous and artful is the style without a style, so measured and delicate is each observation, so complex is the structure and so astute and open the language, that the reader can relax, feel secure in the narrative and experience the...

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