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The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler
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Apr 06, 2012

it was amazing
Recommended for: Everyone
Read in April, 2012 — I own a copy

I first read this book about 25 years ago,I gave it three & half stars at that time,the book is the same but I am not. It gets five stars today. I understand the Macon
Leary so much better now. He seams to be so lonely in a crowd. A year after the death of has son he is still in mourning & is unable to open up even to his wife.
In the opening chapter his wife leaves him because of this, shortly after this he & Edward ( his sons dog) move back to the home he grew up in with his sister & two
brothers. Sometime later he has to leave go on a trip and has to board edward at an animal hospital ( his brothers & sister are afraid of him) this is where he meets Muriel & his life changes . Slowly with Muriel he begins to open up & enjoy life again.
On the cover of the paperback book from 25 years ago their is a small snipit from the Washington Post,I didn't notice it the first time around & it sayes the following
----one cannot reasonably expect fiction to be much better than this-----I am going to spend the rest of this year(or however long it takes) rereading all the books
That I had given five stars to,just to see if they meet that standard.
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message 5: by Marjorie (new)

Marjorie Kubacki HI Bob, Anne Tyler is one of my favorites writer.
She has a new book that is just out, though her most recent ones are not as good as the first. My favorie is Searching for Caleb.


Donna So true that what appeals to us at one age, may not appeal so much at another age. I love your idea of re-reading all your 5 stars


Robert Palmer About a month ago I got an email from goodreads informing me that the Accidental Tourist got the most hits of all my reviews and that I was in the top 1% of reviews,the book itself is a family favorite ---------you are right,Tyler's recent novels are not as good as the past ones---------but I'm looking forward to reading her next one" Vineger Girl"


message 2: by Donna (new)

Donna Congratulations! Your reviews are always a pleasure to read.


Robert Palmer I would say the same for your reviews,always insightful and well written .


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