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The Accidental Tourist (1985)

de Anne Tyler

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Meet Macon Leary--a travel writer who hates both travel and strangeness. Grounded by loneliness, comfort, and a somewhat odd domestic life, Macon is about to embark on a surprising new adventure, arriving in the form of a fuzzy-haired dog obedience trainer who promises to turn his life around.
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    Miss Macintosh, My Darling de 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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Well, I am glad that I finally read the book as it was quite different from the 1988 movie version (or at least of my memory of the movie). However, I found that I didn't really care very much about any of the characters by the book's end, which was disappointing, so I am not willing to give it a 4* rating.

In the end, I think Rose was the only woman in the book that I really liked - both Sarah and Muriel were well-written and complex characters but ones who each had (different) flaws that I disliked increasingly as the book progressed. Sarah pigeon-holed Macon and wouldn't allow him to be suffering in some way different from hers & Muriel turned out to be manipulative and needy (which I hadn't expected) ( )
  leslie.98 | Apr 12, 2021 |
Another delightful charming read by Anne Tyler......she creates the most bizarre quirky characters, yet ones you immediately want to cling to, to help, to cheer on.......i think because there are little bits of all of us in these odd, often unfortunate folks.... Here we have slightly awkward, stiff gentle man, Macon, very set in his ways....from a somewhat dysfunctional upbringing, engaged in a career he is really not necessarily suited for, yet successful......20 years into a marriage.....one with issues......still struggling from a painful loss........and desperately in need of appropriate training for his poorly behaved Corgi. Laid out by me in that fashion it sounds rather dreadful......but in the hands of Tyler, with the added helping of a wild-haired, resourceful, younger, very alive dog trainer, Muriel, we get to go on a warm journey with Macon as he tries to figure it all out. Funny, moves along a good clip, full of awkward moments, sadness, joy, and whole lot of travel advice......stop reading this.......read the book! ( )
  jeffome | Feb 25, 2021 |
Macon Leary, protagonista, es un hombre que vive según un rígido y complejo sistema que teóricamente debe ponerle a salvo de cualquier eventualidad. su profesión es escribir guías para viajeros. La muerte de su único hijo y la ruptura de su matrimonio le arrojan a un entorno hostil y agresivo.
  socogarv | Jan 3, 2021 |
Macon Leary makes his living writing travel guides for “accidental tourists,” i.e. business travelers who are forced to leave the comforts of home and find themselves in unfamiliar territory. He gives advice on how to minimize the disturbance to one’s routine, in effect, carrying home with you so you never are lost.

But Macon is seriously lost even at home. He and his wife, Sarah, are unable to come together to process the death of their only child. Macon’s approach is to “keep everything like before” when it can’t possibly be that. Sarah can’t seem to find a way to push him off his home base, and winds up leaving.

But most of this has happened before the novel begins. The catalyst for Macon’s change is their dog, Edward, who has begun to bite and snarl. And so he finds himself at the Meow and Bow and meets the charmingly eccentric Muriel Pritchett, who offers her services as a dog trainer. Slowly, but surely, Muriel inserts herself into Macon’s life, and he slowly awakens, faces his pain and his mistakes, and begins to live again (or maybe for the first time).

Tyler excels at writing character-driven works that give us a glimpse of their lives in all their messy complexity and banal ordinariness. I love the scenes she creates that reveal so much of family dynamics; the Thanksgiving dinner is priceless, as is Rose’s wedding, and Christmas at Muriel’s mother’s house.

I saw the movie back in the late ‘80s, but never read the book. I’m glad I finally got around to it. Tyler has become one of my favorite authors. ( )
  BookConcierge | Nov 30, 2020 |
This was certainly one of the most sedate, uneventful novels that I've ever read.
Macon (I've been reading it as May-son, though I just found out the movie pronounces it May-con, but I like the sound of mine, so I'll keep it) writes a series of travel books for business travellers who want to travel with the minimal muss and fuss, the eponymous "The Accidental Tourist" series. Of course, he lives his life as an accidental (read: uncoordinated, unplanned) tourist. He goes where he is told to go, by his publisher, his family, even his dog has more to say about his life than he does. So, clearly a story about a guy who needs to get a grip, both on his life and just in general.

The primary conflict is between two women. His wife, Sarah, who leaves him, then comes back into the picture, and the younger woman he takes up with, Muriel, who comes into the picture, when Sarah is gone. A romance that is primarily a romance is not my usual type of reading, either. To be honest, my initial reason for reading this was [b: The Weekend Novelist|33002|The Weekend Novelist|Robert J. Ray|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1390312137s/33002.jpg|33110], where it was heavily recommended.

To my reading, Sarah represents stagnation, refusal to deal with the past or change with the future, and Muriel represents almost the polar opposite: near-random and mercurial change and casually, off-handed dismissal/acceptance of things. And Macon has to learn the middle path, between them.

Just as a WARNING, I'm going to offer SPOILERS, ahead, without hiding them...

The writing is wonderful, if not extravagant or beautiful. It's easy to read, even through material that, at times, carried little of import (to my mind). Faint praise, perhaps, but praise, nonetheless. But I honestly found myself rooting (without expecting it) for Macon to choose neither woman. By initially rejecting Macon for not greiving her way and blaming him for doing what was necessary, Sarah pushed Macon into a situation where he had to change. By being very, very weird and almost dangerously off-kilter, Muriel forced Macon to embrace that change, or lose control of everything.

But Sarah came back, wheedling, blaming, hinting at a future of negativity and blame. Yuck. And Muriel stalks him to Paris, as the final sign of her lack of self-control or concept of boundaries. And Muriel also has the tendency to assume blame on Macon's part, for anything she can conceive of as a possibility... I mean... the kind of personality who would have me running.

And one instant in the novel showed Muriel behaving in a way that would likely have had me becoming very physical with her, if I were Macon. When she heaves the dog up, by the collar, and dangles it until it begins to black out. Yeah. Crazy bitch. No, no, no, I can not accept that this will be a happily-ever-after story. Muriel spends too much time trying to find the errors, problems, flaws... and then attack them or run from them, as the case requires.

So... enjoyable style and a surprisingly pleasant reading experience of a f*cked up romance. ( )
  James_Patrick_Joyce | Oct 24, 2020 |
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