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The Accidental Tourist
The Accidental Tourist
Author: Anne Tyler, John Malkovich
The story of a travel-hating writer of travel books, Macon Leafy, who systematically avoids adventure... until he meets the frizzy-haired, stiletto-heeled, astonishing Muriel (she's trying to train his unmanageable Welsh corgi, Edward), who up-ends Macon's world and thrusts him into engagement with life. Anne Tyler's most famous best seller. — Wi...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780394556734
ISBN-10: 0394556739
Publication Date: 9/13/1986
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: Random House Audio
Book Type: Audio Cassette
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover, Audio CD
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caviglia avatar reviewed The Accidental Tourist on
Helpful Score: 5
I really enjoyed this book. Stories about really shut-off, emotionally cut off people who find some sort of happiness always warm my heart. It's funny and odd.
Patouie avatar reviewed The Accidental Tourist on + 132 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
A funny, well-written book, Accidental Tourist describes characters who are each on the verge of stereotypes, moving in and out of personality ruts. The reader is sure to recognize traits in himself and in people he knows. Many of the characters are uncomfortably familiar, but just when you're sure you know someone's "type," the author gently offers the possiblity of at least minor transformation.
mizparker avatar reviewed The Accidental Tourist on + 87 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
I started out lukewarm with the book because I found the main character so stuffy and unrelatable to me, but as the book continued, I found Macon Leary less annoying than endearing, less stuffy than quirky. I enjoyed the story.
reviewed The Accidental Tourist on + 49 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Macon is someone who himself travels through life accidentally. Things just happen to him-he doesn't seek them out. His only child has been killed in a senseless accideent; his wife for no apparent reason asks for a separation, leaving him to fend for himself;a broken leg conveniently thrusts him back home with his sister and brothers in the family house where he started out. Surely it is an accident that he gets involved with the astonishing Muriel, the frizzy haired, stiletto heeled, nonstop talker who does the bookings at the kennels where Macon boards his unmanageable Welsh corgi, Edward, when he has to go on one of his fact finding trips. But gradually what seems like accident is tinged with purpose, and the comfortably familiar is disturbed by the impulse toward escape.
reviewed The Accidental Tourist on + 141 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
good story
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