The Accidental Tourist

The Accidental Tourist

Book - 1985
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“POIGNANT . . . FUNNY . . . THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST IS ONE OF HER BEST. . . . [TYLER] HAS NEVER BEEN STRONGER.” – 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.” – Los Angeles Times “A DELIGHT . . . A GRACEFUL COMIC NOVEL ABOUT GETTING THROUGH LIFE.” – The Wall
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“Incandescent, heartbreaking, exhilarating…One cannot reasonably expect fiction to be much better than this.” —The Washington Post

“A body of fiction of major dimensions…Poignant…funny…[Tyler] has never been stronger.” —The New York Times

In this irresistible novel, Anne Tyler explores the slippery alchemy of attracting opposites, and the struggle to rebuild one’s life after unspeakable tragedy. Travel writer Macon Leary hates travel, adventure, surprises, and anything outside of his routine.  Immobilized by grief, Macon is becoming increasingly prickly and alone, anchored by his solitude and an unwillingness to compromise his creature comforts. Then he meets Muriel, an eccentric dog trainer too optimistic to let Macon disappear into himself. Despite Macon’s best efforts to remain insulated, Muriel up-ends his solitary, systemized life, catapulting him into the center of a messy, beautiful love story he never imagined. A fresh and timeless tale of unexpected bliss, The Accidental Tourist showcases Tyler’s talents for making characters—and their relationships—feel both real and magical.

“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

Baker & Taylor
Follows the budding romance between a hapless writer of travel guides and an eccentric, spirited veterinarian.

Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1985
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780394546896
039454689X
9780345452009
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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