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pdf Ñ The Accidental Tourist à Anne Tyler Macon Leary is a travel writer who hates both travel and anything out of the ordinary He is grounded by lonelines I adored this book Appreciated it than Breathing Lessons or Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant It is touching and hilarious and timelessMacon lives alone with his misbehaving dog Edward in the wake of the double catastrophe of his son Ethan being murdered while away at summer camp and his wife Brenda walking out on him He is not in great shape He felt much worse in the morning It had been a warm night and he woke up sticky and cross He couldn't face the thought of popcorn for breakfast He laundered a load of sheets and then in the midst of hanging them found himself standing motionless with his head bowed both wrists dangling over the clothesline as if he himself had been pinned there p 57 This particular scene reminded me of the one in Don uixote when he is standing on poor Rocinante's back looking spying through a window at his beloved Dulcinella but Rocinante sees a piece of grass lying on the ground and wanders over to it leaving uixote suspended in space mike Macon Wonderful imageHe moves in with his eually maladjusted brothers Charles and Porter and his sister Rose to fight the feeling of loneliness but this still looks to him like a poor solution Charles and porter on either side of him Rose perched in the foreground Was there any real change He felt a jolt of something very close to panic Here he still was The same as ever What have I gone and done he wondered and he swallowed thickly and looked at his own empty hands p 81Macon is the author of the popular travel guides The Accidental Tourist which are tourists books for businessmen that travel for work helped along by his friend and boss Julien Before leaving on a trip he is rebuffed by a kennel who will not take Edward for him because he bit someone on a previous stay This mishap leads us to the other protagonist the wonderfully ebulent and verbose Muriel who over at the Meow Bow animal hospital takes in Edward and offers to train him I can even teach split personalityWhat's split personalityWhere your dog is like nice to you but kills all others You know I think I may be in over my head here Macon said p 97 This is typical of the uirky and direct talking style of Muriel and a small sample of the rich humor throughout the book or the small observations such as when Edward seems to be learning too uickly in Muriel's presence the way a toothache will improve the moment you step into a dentist's waiting room p 101 See also the training session on p 114 So funnyMacon and his siblings are all in a sort of suspended animation stuck in their thoughts and in their ways Muriel represents an escape from this monotony which Macon embraces rejects and ultimately embraces this tension and back and forth forming the backbone for this excellent book His transformation is not without pain and risk however He was gone too far to return He would never ever get back He had somehow traveled to a point completely isolated from everyone else in the universe and nothing was real but his own angular hand clenched around the sherry glass p 180This is truly a wonderful novel full of love and humor and I truly preferred it over the other two Tyler books I have read so far A fantastic read and it still surprises me that she missed the Pulitzer One of my next reads is

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Download The Accidental Tourist ePub ´ 352 pages ☆ ❰Reading❯ ➹ The Accidental Tourist Author Anne Tyler – 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 S and an unwillingness to compromise his creature comforts when he meets Muriel a deliciously peculiar dog obedie “Burying one’s child is against the flow of nature” said the wife of the Speaker of the House Philippine Congress in her eulogy for her 16 year old daughter several years ago Her only daughter got burned when their short circuited Christmas tree went in flames The clueless poor daughter was sleeping and got trapped inside her room No one was with here in the house when that happenedThis is one thought that whenever it crosses my mind I always whisk away immediately the death of my child Typing it here even feels wrong as I remember reading that mind has that power to attract what you always think of I just don't know what to do if this happens I might as well kill myself I guess However this thing happens It’s one of the sad realities of life Once we are born we can die anytime In fact I have some friends and acuaintances whose children died ahead of them I also read and liked books that have this as its main or underlying theme Ordinary People 1976 by Judith Guest was my first The older son Buck died while sailing with the younger son Conrad and the unspoken guilt of the son and the unexpressed emotion of the parents blaming the younger son who survived was so powerful that when it was made into a movie it won the Academy Awards for Best Picture That was in 1980Second was a book that I read a couple of years back and topped my list of my favorites for that year What I Loved 2003 by Siri Husvedt The grief is also not as openly expressed as in Ordinary People but the child who died was their only one and there was no one to blame as the death was an accident Similarly the devastated couple separated and the father tried to see his dead child from same age children of his friends or even strangers In this book The Accidental Tourist the father Macon Leary starts to withdraw to his own world he would imagine that his whole body was enclosed in a cast and people would peep into the hole in his eyes and would asked “Macon are you there” However Tyler's story went further Macon seems to belief that the soul of his dead son Ethan remains in his son’s dog Edward and no matter how strange or brutal the dog behaves he keeps it and even hires a dog trainer Muriel to tame the dog The Accidental Tourist was the 1985 novel by Anne Tyler born 1941 A finalist at Pulitzer Prize and won the National Book Critics Award Circle for Fiction the novel was adapted into a 1988 award winning film starring William Hurt as Macon Leary Kathleen Turner Sarah his estranged wife and Geena Davis Muriel the dog trainer Davis won the Best Actress in a Supporting Role in this film for the succeeding year’s Academy Awards This is my first Anne Tyler novel Her writing is straightforward No frills yet incandescently clear It’s an easy read You’ll have a feeling that you are watching a movie although I missed this film but I will not forego a chance of seeing it Her strength seemingly is her strong way of building her characters She goes inside their minds and she seems to have the ability to know how the character should behave in the circumstances that they are in Her women characters are not stereotyped they can be as brutal as Sandra leaving Macon to his solitude as funny yet decisive as Muriel who fights for her love

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The Accidental TouristNce trainer who up ends Macon’s insular world–and thrusts him headlong into a remarkable engagement with life Julie and Joe talk about Anne Tyler and Larry McMurtry as a writer who accurately communicates my desire to read and write about the two things that mean the most to me in this life heart and groin Which Julie lol groin that's right there with moist on the list of Words That Could Technically Be About Sex But Will Kill The Mood Right Dead oh yes babyis your groin moist right nowwhat were we talking about Right this person whom I've never read but now she's going on the listAddendum Julie Joe agree that this isn't even the right book I should start with Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant