The Accidental Tourist

The Accidental Tourist

Book - 1985
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How does a man addicted to routine cope with the chaos of everyday life? Macon does his best, writing Armchair Tourist guidebooks that soothe the travel-hating businessman. Even when his son, Ethan, is murdered and his wife leaves him, Macon folds his anguish neatly back into place and adapts the household routine along more efficient lines.

So when he meets Muriel, dog trainer from the Meow-Bow dog clinic - an utterly chaotic, outrageous, vulnerable woman - he considers that his defences against love and pain are in excellent working order.

Combining glorious comedy with aching sadness, Anne Tyler's novel maps the landscape of one man's hesitant heart with tenderness, sharpness and exhilarating truth.

Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, c1985
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780140083408
0140083405
9780394546896
039454689X
Branch Call Number: TYL
Characteristics: 355 p. ;,22 cm

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chloe0806
Aug 16, 2017

This is a great book for showing how life can go on after the worst happens. Loss is tragic but life still goes on. It helps us learn about our true selves. Macon is a very endearing character. I enjoyed this book.

CRRL_MegRaymond Jul 25, 2017

Macon writes travel books for businessmen who hate to travel. Then he meets Muriel, who yearns to travel.

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Liber_vermis
Jun 12, 2017

This novel read like the script for a Mr. Bean movie. The main character, Macon Leary, was absurd. I almost quit reading about page 65 but persevered as the protagonist seemed to gain a new, sensible life. But then the author executed two plot flip-flops that made the ending crash in my opinion.

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4catsdogs
Apr 03, 2013

I liked the quiet humour in this book, and the fact that the characters were so human and so likable.

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Earl64
Apr 13, 2011

Great read about human behaviour and human relationships.

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CoMoReader
Apr 05, 2011

One of my favorite books. A masterful story and easy read that captures human nature and the quirkiness of families wonderfully.

smc01 Jul 18, 2008

This is my favorite Anne Tyler novel. The character development is wonderful. The novel explores how the murder of a son affects a couple, but in the end is an uplifting love story about how to find what really makes us happy. The movie made from the book is very true to the novel, and well worth watching.

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Netten
Jul 18, 2008

My all time favourite book. It's a light read, but very well written and hard to put down.

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Liber_vermis
Jun 13, 2017

"... [Alexander, the son of Macon Leary's girlfriend] slipped his hand into Macon's. Those cool little fingers were so distinct, so particular, so full of character. Macon tightened his grip and felt a pleasant kind of sorrow sweeping through him. Oh, his life had regained all its old perils. He was forced to worry once again about nuclear war and the future of the planet. He often had the same secret, guilty thought that had come to him after [his late son] Ethan was born: From this time on I can never be completely happy. Not that he was before, of course." (p. 257-8)

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