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The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

The Accidental Tourist (original 1985; edition 1986)

by Anne Tyler

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Title:The Accidental Tourist
Authors:Anne Tyler
Info:UK: Penguin, 1986 (1985). 355 p. ; 22 cm. 1st ed
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Tags:fiction, American, novel, film

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The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler (1985)

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    Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene (sombrio)
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    Miss Macintosh, My Darling by Marguerite Young (Cecrow)
    Cecrow: If you're as curious as I am, you'll want to sample what Macon was reading on the plane.

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A nice story about a man who is very set in his ways until events take place that change his life and his outlook on it. ( )
  foof2you | Aug 19, 2018 |
This story was quirky, fun, and unique - I enjoyed the book and I also enjoyed the movie ... I like "different" ... This qualifies! ( )
  KPhotoWrtr2 | Sep 12, 2017 |
Macon Leary 40s writes a business travel series, but hates leaving Baltimore. After son Ethan 12 is killed, wife Sarah leaves, his cool attitude in high school is now too cold. Ethan's corgi turns vicious. Dog trainer Muriel 20s has a frizzy perm, stilettos, nonstop talk, and needy son, Alexander. Depressed Macon becomes "an entirely different person". ( )
  cdiemert | Jul 30, 2017 |
Everyone in this book was WEIRD! I don't know how so many people can be so odd, but absolutely every character had very different little quirks. Sometimes they annoyed me. An interesting book though. ( )
  jennannej | Jul 13, 2017 |
Macon, writer of a travel series, tries to live alone after his wife leaves, but does not do very well. Gentle humour mixed with bitter-sweet emotion, and enjoyable caricature. A pleasant read. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
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They were supposed to stay at the beach a week, but neither of them had the heart for it and they decided to come back early.
I'm beginning to think that maybe it's not just how much you love someone. Maybe what matters is who you are when you're with them.
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The New York Times

Macon Leary is a travel writer who hates both travel and anything out of the ordinary. He is grounded by loneliness and an unwillingness to compromise his creature comforts when he meets Muriel, a deliciously peculiar dog-obedience trainer who up-ends Macon’s insular world–and thrusts him headlong into a remarkable engagement with life.

“BITTERSWEET . . . EVOCATIVE . . . It’s easy to forget this is the warm lull of fiction; you half-expect to run into her characters at the dry cleaners . . . Tyler [is] a writer of great compassion.”
The Boston Globe

“Tyler has given us an endlessly diverting book whose strength gathers gradually to become a genuinely thrilling one.”
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"Macon Leary is a travel writer who hates both travel and anything out of the ordinary. He is grounded by loneliness and an unwillingness to compromise his creature comforts. Then he meets Muriel, a deliciously peculiar dog-obedience trainer who upends Macon's insular world--and thrusts him headlong into a remarkable engagement with life."--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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