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  • Paperback: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; New edition edition (5 Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009974581X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099745815
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,863,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anne Tyler was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1941 and grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Breathing Lessons and other bestselling novels, including The Accidental Tourist, Saint Maybe, Ladder of Years, A Patchwork Planet, Back When We Were Grownups, The Amateur Marriage and Digging to America. In 1994 she was nominated by Roddy Doyle and Nick Hornby as 'the greatest novelist writing in English'. Anne Tyler lives in Baltimore where her novels are set.

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"Brilliant, funny, sad and sensitive" (Independent on Sunday)

"Anne Tyler gets better with every book, and this one is a triumph - funny, profound, sad and ultimately reassuring" (Sunday Telegraph)

"Now poignant, now funny... Anne Tyler is brilliant" (New York Times Book Review)

"A vibrant and astonishing and, above all, achingly funny book" (Cosmopolitan)

"My favourite writer, and the best line-and-length novelist in the world, is Anne Tyler" (Nick Hornby) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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As Macon's life falls apart, he tries to tie it back together with routine and habit. But sometimes life just doesn't work like that. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mark Dickens on 2 Sept. 2006
Format: Paperback
Macon the traveller who hates travelling can be forgiven for being boring. Macon lost his only child in a senseless murder and his marriage collapses. A recipe for despair you might think! Well, yes and no. Yes because he cannot properly grieve or piece his life together. No because the process of his life is comic in the face of inevitable twists and turns. Enter Muriel. Muriel takes life by the scruff of the neck with zest. She more than overlaps into his life. She knows what she wants and he does not - but it is not just about the two of them.

It is a romantic comedy but without the romance as we know it. I found easy to read dusted with just the right amount of expression. Great language, you can really hear the characters speaking and see the dynamic in the dialogue. Once again Tyler wonderfully presents the ordinary like a refreshing breeze to the reader dancing cheerfully page after page.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 24 Jun. 2008
Format: Paperback
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1985, this thoughtful character novel focuses on Macon Leary, a travel writer who hates to travel, a man who has gone through life observing what is happening, but who has never been truly engaged. Compulsively tidy, Macon has always believed that it is possible to order one's life so effectively that the untidiness, or chaos, that throws life into confusion can be avoided. And then his beloved 12-year-old son is cold-bloodedly murdered in the senseless robbery of a burger joint while he is away at camp for the first time.

It gives away nothing of the plot to say that this event totally undoes Macon and his wife, and their polite and predictable marriage goes into a tailspin. When the novel opens, Macon and Sarah have decided to separate, with Sarah getting her own apartment (where she can be as messy as she wants) and Macon remaining in the house with his son Ethan's undisciplined dog Edward. In fact, Macon has moved back with his sister and brothers in the family house, to recuperate from his physical wounds--an accident in which he breaks his leg-- and from his emotional wounds.

Then into his life comes Muriel, a divorcee with an over-protected, allergic, and hypersensitive son. She is a dog trainer, a flake, the only person willing to undertake the task of civilizing the aggressive, sometimes vicious "pet" that lives with Macon.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Veronica VINE VOICE on 21 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
The Accidental Tourist is a wonderful novel. It is beautifully written and very wise and sensitive. The characters are ordinary people and the plot is full of everyday occurences, and yet I was turning the pages as if I was reading a nail biting thriller.

I'm always hearing that good writers should 'show and not tell', and Anne Tyler does this to perfection. The first chapter alone is a masterclass in how to create an original and moving marriage break-up scene. At the beginning of the novel, we find out that Macon and Sarah's son has died. In other books there would have been endless pages about the death and flashbacks to the family before the tragedy, but Tyler manages to convey the parents's terrible loss without going down this rather tired route. As the book progresses, Macon and Sarah separate, and then Macon meets Muriel, an unusual dog trainer who seems determined to work her way into his life.

All of the characters seem like living, breathing people - with good and bad points. Macon, the main character, is an excellent invention. Being an introvert myself, I felt like I could understand much of his motivation and attitude towards life. I also grew to admire Muriel a great deal and the physical descriptions of her - her frizzy hair and clothes ('I look like the Wrath of God') - were particularly good. I was glad the author didn't go down the stereotypical route of having her be tremendously good looking. And yet, the tension was there the whole time about whether Macon would return to his wife, if she would have him back. The novel made me care deeply for all the characters, and I was utterly torn as to what I thought Macon should do.

Overall, I highly recommend this book.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By hubbardat48drd@aol.com on 26 Jan. 2000
Format: Paperback
I thought this book was absolutely superb. I loved the way the characters were portrayed: real 3-dimensional people, with real human characteristics and foibles. I found the book more and more enjoyable as I got to know the individuals and was sorry to close the book for the last time. The only (minor) irritation was the pronounciation of Macon, but perhaps that was just part of his character. I am a great fan of Anne Tyler's books. She writes about ordinary people with style and panache.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Wynne Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 16 Dec. 2007
Format: Paperback
Macon and Sarah have lost a child, Ethan, and this tragedy has torn them apart and Sarah decides to leave. Macon is a very quirky person, unconventional and unsociable. He likes everything to be very controlled and organized. He works as a travel guide writer for business men who really don't want to be away from home and advises on how to cope in strange cities by keeping everything as similar as possible to life at home.

Macon's dog is uncontrollable and frequently attacks people and this is how he comes to meet Muriel who works as a dog trainer. She is the opposite of him - casual, untidy, talkative and sociable. He is drawn to her and her child, Alexander, a weakly child who in turn warms to Macon.

I adored this book. There are some beautiful characterisations - a whole range of quirky, oddball people. I found myself empathising with Macon's heartbreak at losing his son and his genuine confusion about life. I desperately wanted to get to the end to find out what happened!

There is even a heartwarming subplot of his siblings and his editor....
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