The Accidental Tourist

The Accidental Tourist

Large Print - 1986
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Macon Leary hates to travel. He is someone who travels through life accidentally. Things just happen to him--the senseless death of his child, the baffling desertion of his wife, even his involvement with Muriel, the frizzy-haired, stiletto-heeled, non-stop talker from the kennel where he boards his dog.
Publisher: Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall, 1986, c1985
Edition: Large print
ISBN: 9780816140558
Branch Call Number: LP F Tyl
Characteristics: 448 p. ; 25 cm


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CRRL_MegRaymond Jul 25, 2017

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

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.

Apr 03, 2013

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

Apr 13, 2011

Great read about human behaviour and human relationships.

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.

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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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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