Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Moss Bluff Book Discussion for Adults: July 14, 2011
Moss Bluff held a book discussion on The Accidental Tourist, an Anne Tyler classic. The novel follows Macon, a man strongly committed to his routines and habits. Macon’s life becomes upended, however, when he loses his young son – and his marriage.
Readers’ opinions on the novels were sharply split: some hated it, others really liked it. Those who hated the book noted how flaky and shallow all the characters were, which made the book difficult to finish. Readers who liked the book, however, found that it was easier to get through if they knew people in their lives who were similar to the characters. They also agreed that humor was another of Tyler’s strong points.
While her characters may have alienated some readers, they did help Tyler find new fans in others – who have already sought out more of her work.
Have you read The Accidental Tourist? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
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