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Nce trainer who up ends Macon’s insular world–and thrusts him headlong into a remarkable engagement with life. I absolutely adored this book It was the perfect read for right now When I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about the people in this bookAnne Tyler writes people people you can recognize They are middle class people who live their lives as best as they can You can almost sense that she spends her time studying and processing people to get to their inner selvesThe Leary siblings in this book are as straight laced as they come Outsiders have trouble relating to them They are uniue and idiosyncraticMacon Leary is a man who has gone through the worst devastation and he is tottering on the edge He is a man who keeps his thoughts and feeling inside so he is a hard man to read Others see him as a cold man but is he“It occurred to him not for the first time that the world was divided sharply down the middle Some lived careful lives and some lived careless lives and everything that happened could be explained by the differences between them”There were many laugh out loud moments especially when Edward the dog was involved There were also many tender moments in this book This book made me laugh and it made me tear up This is the second Anne Tyler book I have read I’m a late bloomer when it comes to Anne Tyler and I am so excited to know there are many for me to savour A Cowboy Summer remarkable engagement with life. I absolutely adored this book It was the perfect Showdown with the Sheriff read for The Conqueror's Lady / The Mercenary's Bride / His Enemy's Daughter right now When I wasn’t Cowboy Smith reading it I was thinking about the people in this bookAnne Tyler writes people people you can Cries in the Night recognize They are middle class people who live their lives as best as they can You can almost sense that she spends her time studying and processing people to get to their inner selvesThe Leary siblings in this book are as straight laced as they come Outsiders have trouble Justice at Cardwell Ranch relating to them They are uniue and idiosyncraticMacon Leary is a man who has gone through the worst devastation and he is tottering on the edge He is a man who keeps his thoughts and feeling inside so he is a hard man to Cowboy Who Came for Christmas read Others see him as a cold man but is he“It occurred to him not for the first time that the world was divided sharply down the middle Some lived careful lives and some lived careless lives and everything that happened could be explained by the differences between them”There were many laugh out loud moments especially when Edward the dog was involved There were also many tender moments in this book This book made me laugh and it made me tear up This is the second Anne Tyler book I have Cradle of Solitude read I’m a late bloomer when it comes to Anne Tyler and I am so excited to know there are many for me to savour

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Macon Leary is a travel writer who hates both travel and anything out of the ordinary He is grounded by lonelines. Love is in the air or maybe anxiously repressed in February and my romantic literature jag concludes with The Accidental Tourist the 1985 novel by Anne Tyler and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction that year Like all of my reads in the shortest month of the year this was my introduction to the author and I found much of Tyler's story to be an absolute delight This is a novel by and for mature adults that finds a wonderful balance between the melancholy of losing a child and long term spouse in the same year and the excitement of meeting someone new with its awkwardness miscommunication and urges to flee to the familiarThe story focuses on Macon Leary a methodical and steady man of 42 who's introduced driving himself and his mercurial wife Sarah home from a beach vacation that wrapped up early when neither found the heart for it His wife sports a suntan Macon does not His determination to keep driving through a heavy rainstorm despite Sarah's apprehension escalates into her declaration that she can't live with him any and wants to move out Their house in an older part of Balti is left to Macon to occupy alone with Edward a Welsh corgi which belonged to the couple's only child Ethan murdered at the age of 12 along with the other diners in a fast food restaurantMacon is a reluctant travel writer author of a series of guidebooks called The Accidental Tourist catering to businessmen and others forced into foreign locales when they'd prefer the comforts of home Twelve years ago Macon was sort of helping run a bottle cap factory inherited with his brothers Charles and Porter from their grandfather Macon's interest in writing and working for a newspaper led to an article in a local weekly on a crafts fair The article was all about Macon's fussiness at the fair but caught the attention of Julian Edge publisher of Businessman's Press who identified a niche and offered Macon a job It was one of Macon's bad habits to start itching to go home too early No matter how short a stay he'd planned partway through he would decide that he ought to leave that he'd allowed himself far too much time that everything truly necessary had already been accomplished or almost everything almost accomplished Then the rest of the visit was spent in phone calls to travel agents and fruitless trips to airline offices and standby waits that came to nothing so that he was forced to return to the hotel he'd just checked out of He always promised himself this wouldn't happen again but somehow it always did In England it happened on his fourth afternoon What was there to do he started wondering Hadn't he got the gist of the placeNeither Macon or his dog Edward take it well when Sarah moves out and their sorry state contributes to Macon slipping down the basement stairs and breaking his leg To recuperate Macon moves back home to be taken care of by his sister Rose a fixer who also cares for his gifted but socially challenged brothers Charles and Porter as well as the neighborhood's elderly Edward terrorizes the household to the point where the siblings read Macon the riot act For help he turns to Muriel Pritchett an animal caretaker he left Edward with at the Meow Bow Animal Hospital before his trip to England Nothing about Muriel from her frizzy hair to her eclectic fashion sense to her youth appeals to Macon who has never dated anyone except his stately wife Sarah and has little interest in starting He ignores Muriel's overtures to meet for a drink or to let her cook him dinner despite observing a cockiness that impresses him Muriel works wonders with Edward but when Macon learns from a co worker that she has a seven year old son he attempts to cancel their dinner date terrified of emotional involvement Muriel gets Macon to open up about his late son and in comforting him the relationship blossoms Macon begins spending time at Muriel's home in an impoverished section of Balti sleeping over cleaning up and even writing there He takes an interest in her frail boy Alexander whose allergies Macon believes have been exaggerated by the boy's mother Muriel exposes him to her crazy uilt of relationships Dominick is a teenager who handles her car repairs in exchange for the keys three nights a week Her 17 year old sister Claire has ongoing drama with their disapproving mother and sleeps over regularly Macon struggles to find consistency in Muriel's behavior while admiring her courage as well Had he ever known such a fighter He went grocery shopping with her unusually late one evening and just as they were crossing a shadowed area a boy stepped forth from a doorway Give over all what you have in your purse he told Muriel Macon was caught off guard; the boy was hardly than a child He froze hugging the sack of groceries But Muriel said The hell I will and swung her purse around by its strap and clipped the boy in the jaw He lifted a hand to his face You get on home this instant or you'll be sorry you were ever born Muriel told him He slunk away looking back at her with a puzzled expressionWhen Macon had caught his breath again he told Muriel she was a fool He might have had a gun for all you knew he said Anything might have happened Kids show less mercy than grown ups; you can see that any day in the papersWell it turned out fine didn't it Muriel asked What are you so mad atHe wasn't sure He supposed he might be mad at himself He had done nothing to protect her nothing strong or chivalrous He hadn't thought as fast as she had or thought at all in fact While Muriel why Muriel hadn't even seemed surprised She might have strolled down that street expecting a neighbor here a stray dog there a holdup just beyond all eually part of life He felt awed by her and diminished Muriel just walked on humming Great Speckled Bird as if nothing particular had happenedMacon reluctantly invites Muriel to his sister Rose's wedding to his publisher Julian who believes he's found in the Learys the old fashioned domestic comfort that he's always craved Macon will not so much as commit to bringing Muriel to visit Paris with him or give in to her desire for a June wedding His family continue to her refer to his girlfriend as that Muriel person The final push Macon needs to flee a new commitment comes when his wife Sarah concedes she's ready to come home that at a certain age people just don't have much of a choice and that it's too late for her to change her life For much of The Accidental Tourist I wanted to shrink Anne Tyler and put her in my pocket I was struck by how effortlessly she mixed tragedy and comedy into a narrative that I found mirrored certain aspects of my own life so accurately The horror of losing a child in the violent and senseless manner which Macon and Sarah do is something I hope I never experience but Tyler slips into the story in a way that is both powerful and restrained I could relate to Macon's social anxiety and that of his family's to dip their toes into the unfamiliar and how a woman who never seems to think further ahead than a minute challenges him to do just thatMuriel's behavior did overstep boundaries that today would evoke a restraining order but I was okay with experiencing it in a novel from a far less sensitive time Tyler's prose is adroit her dialogue a delight and story absent of caricature with the stiffness of a WASP male relaxed by the vitality of a woman who's had to fight for everything in her life The simple joys of the book made for strange bedfellows with a big movie which was well reviewed and nominated for four Academy Awards in 1988 but barely memorable today Adapted by Frank Galati and Lawrence Kasdan and directed by Kasdan it featured William Hurt as Macon Geena Davis as Muriel Kathleen Turner as Sarah and Bill Pullman as Julian Redeeming Gabriel repressed in February and my Firefly Summer romantic literature jag concludes with The Accidental Tourist the 1985 novel by Anne Tyler and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction that year Like all of my Dangerous Curves reads in the shortest month of the year this was my introduction to the author and I found much of Tyler's story to be an absolute delight This is a novel by and for mature adults that finds a wonderful balance between the melancholy of losing a child and long term spouse in the same year and the excitement of meeting someone new with its awkwardness miscommunication and urges to flee to the familiarThe story focuses on Macon Leary a methodical and steady man of 42 who's introduced driving himself and his mercurial wife Sarah home from a beach vacation that wrapped up early when neither found the heart for it His wife sports a suntan Macon does not His determination to keep driving through a heavy Dangerous Memories rainstorm despite Sarah's apprehension escalates into her declaration that she can't live with him any and wants to move out Their house in an older part of Balti is left to Macon to occupy alone with Edward a Welsh corgi which belonged to the couple's only child Ethan murdered at the age of 12 along with the other diners in a fast food Sabor De Sedução restaurantMacon is a Dangerous Lord, Innocent Governess reluctant travel writer author of a series of guidebooks called The Accidental Tourist catering to businessmen and others forced into foreign locales when they'd prefer the comforts of home Twelve years ago Macon was sort of helping Windows 2000 Administrator's G run a bottle cap factory inherited with his brothers Charles and Porter from their grandfather Macon's interest in writing and working for a newspaper led to an article in a local weekly on a crafts fair The article was all about Macon's fussiness at the fair but caught the attention of Julian Edge publisher of Businessman's Press who identified a niche and offered Macon a job It was one of Macon's bad habits to start itching to go home too early No matter how short a stay he'd planned partway through he would decide that he ought to leave that he'd allowed himself far too much time that everything truly necessary had already been accomplished or almost everything almost accomplished Then the Vows Made in Secret rest of the visit was spent in phone calls to travel agents and fruitless trips to airline offices and standby waits that came to nothing so that he was forced to Daddy's Little Matchmakers return to the hotel he'd just checked out of He always promised himself this wouldn't happen again but somehow it always did In England it happened on his fourth afternoon What was there to do he started wondering Hadn't he got the gist of the placeNeither Macon or his dog Edward take it well when Sarah moves out and their sorry state contributes to Macon slipping down the basement stairs and breaking his leg To The Santangeli Marriage recuperate Macon moves back home to be taken care of by his sister Rose a fixer who also cares for his gifted but socially challenged brothers Charles and Porter as well as the neighborhood's elderly Edward terrorizes the household to the point where the siblings Plattenbaugefühle read Macon the Redwing's Lady riot act For help he turns to Muriel Pritchett an animal caretaker he left Edward with at the Meow Bow Animal Hospital before his trip to England Nothing about Muriel from her frizzy hair to her eclectic fashion sense to her youth appeals to Macon who has never dated anyone except his stately wife Sarah and has little interest in starting He ignores Muriel's overtures to meet for a drink or to let her cook him dinner despite observing a cockiness that impresses him Muriel works wonders with Edward but when Macon learns from a co worker that she has a seven year old son he attempts to cancel their dinner date terrified of emotional involvement Muriel gets Macon to open up about his late son and in comforting him the DANGEROUS ALLIANCE relationship blossoms Macon begins spending time at Muriel's home in an impoverished section of Balti sleeping over cleaning up and even writing there He takes an interest in her frail boy Alexander whose allergies Macon believes have been exaggerated by the boy's mother Muriel exposes him to her crazy uilt of Shadow Lover relationships Dominick is a teenager who handles her car The Dare (Risking It All repairs in exchange for the keys three nights a week Her 17 year old sister Claire has ongoing drama with their disapproving mother and sleeps over A Texas Brides Collection regularly Macon struggles to find consistency in Muriel's behavior while admiring her courage as well Had he ever known such a fighter He went grocery shopping with her unusually late one evening and just as they were crossing a shadowed area a boy stepped forth from a doorway Give over all what you have in your purse he told Muriel Macon was caught off guard; the boy was hardly than a child He froze hugging the sack of groceries But Muriel said The hell I will and swung her purse around by its strap and clipped the boy in the jaw He lifted a hand to his face You get on home this instant or you'll be sorry you were ever born Muriel told him He slunk away looking back at her with a puzzled expressionWhen Macon had caught his breath again he told Muriel she was a fool He might have had a gun for all you knew he said Anything might have happened Kids show less mercy than grown ups; you can see that any day in the papersWell it turned out fine didn't it Muriel asked What are you so mad atHe wasn't sure He supposed he might be mad at himself He had done nothing to protect her nothing strong or chivalrous He hadn't thought as fast as she had or thought at all in fact While Muriel why Muriel hadn't even seemed surprised She might have strolled down that street expecting a neighbor here a stray dog there a holdup just beyond all eually part of life He felt awed by her and diminished Muriel just walked on humming Great Speckled Bird as if nothing particular had happenedMacon Red Letter Nights reluctantly invites Muriel to his sister Rose's wedding to his publisher Julian who believes he's found in the Learys the old fashioned domestic comfort that he's always craved Macon will not so much as commit to bringing Muriel to visit Paris with him or give in to her desire for a June wedding His family continue to her The Dangerous Debutante refer to his girlfriend as that Muriel person The final push Macon needs to flee a new commitment comes when his wife Sarah concedes she's Those Cassabaw Days ready to come home that at a certain age people just don't have much of a choice and that it's too late for her to change her life For much of The Accidental Tourist I wanted to shrink Anne Tyler and put her in my pocket I was struck by how effortlessly she mixed tragedy and comedy into a narrative that I found mirrored certain aspects of my own life so accurately The horror of losing a child in the violent and senseless manner which Macon and Sarah do is something I hope I never experience but Tyler slips into the story in a way that is both powerful and Redemption Ranch restrained I could Dangerous Tidings relate to Macon's social anxiety and that of his family's to dip their toes into the unfamiliar and how a woman who never seems to think further ahead than a minute challenges him to do just thatMuriel's behavior did overstep boundaries that today would evoke a Red Carpet Christmas restraining order but I was okay with experiencing it in a novel from a far less sensitive time Tyler's prose is adroit her dialogue a delight and story absent of caricature with the stiffness of a WASP male A Texas Tale relaxed by the vitality of a woman who's had to fight for everything in her life The simple joys of the book made for strange bedfellows with a big movie which was well More Peas, Thank You reviewed and nominated for four Academy Awards in 1988 but barely memorable today Adapted by Frank Galati and Lawrence Kasdan and directed by Kasdan it featured William Hurt as Macon Geena Davis as 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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 and her son Alexander or as eccentric but loyal vulnerable yet loving as Rose who arranges her groceries in alphabetical order and cries over the fact that her brothers would not want to eat her cooked overnight in low fire turkey Then there are the Leary brothers Macon the father Charles and Porter and they all are poor in direction that they always get lost even if they are just going to the corner store This book is peppered with many memorable characters that I had a feeling that I was standing in front of a buffet table and I am confused which one to put on my plate as my favoriteI used to ignore the books of Anne Tyler but next time that I see Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant that Tyler said to be her best work or Breathing Lessons that won the Pulitzer Prize in 1989 I will surely buy them right there and then Be it bargain or regular priced Anne Tyler can surely give back the value of every penny you have in your pocket