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The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
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Dec 17, 07

Read in December, 2007

Things I liked about the book: humorous details, the symbolism (the house, the dog), driving plot

Things I am not sure that I like: the guy's wife leaves him and he "takes up" with a vibrant young woman who has a kid and a hard life. The wife comes back. I don't know who I want him to be with, since his life has somewhat changed for the better with the younger woman, and she saves him from his bitter, OCD life, but he does still love his wife and to me marriage is a sacred bond... so who should he be with? I don't know that there is a clean answer to that question, and the ending is as messy as life. The final paragraph was beautiful; it satisfied my sense of aesthetics even if it didn't satisfy me on other levels
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