Meet Macon Leary - a travel writer who hates both travel and strangeness. Grounded by loneliness, comfort, and a somewhat odd domestic life, Macon is about to embark on a surprising new adventure, arriving in the form of a fuzzy-haired dog obedience trainer who promises to turn his life around.
©1986 Anne Tyler (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"Not a character, including Macon's dog Edward, is untouched by delightful eccentricity in this charming story, full of surprises and wisdom. All of Tyler's novels are wonderful; this is her best yet." (Libarary Journal)
"Comic.... Sweetly perverse.... A novel animated by witty invention and lively personalities." (Time)
I had read this novel many years ago and loved it. It had been my first Anne Tyler novel. Listening to this now, I was disappointed throughout the first half. The characters were quirky, almost typical Anne Tyler characters, but the freshness of the experience was gone for me. This is the story of Macon, an odd, finicky man dealing with the demise of his marriage after the tragic death of his son. When Macon meets Muriel, an unlikely mate, his life begins to change in big ways. Halfway through the novel, the characters became alive to me, and I loved the second half of the book. It was hard to rate this, as the first half is a basic 3 star novel, but the second half was a 5 star story which kept me glued to my iPod. This does not feel dated, and I recommend it to anyone who likes Anne Tyler or quirky middle-aged romances.
I listened to all of the book, but was glad when it was over. This book just bounced around too often without keeping my interest.
Say something about yourself! Author of Deadly Lust, Deadly Charm and Graceland Express.
Anne Tyler creates wonderful off-beat characters who are totally believable and places them in real-life delimmas
Muriel the dog trainer . Though she and Megan are both from Baltimore, she is from a cultural background that contrasts poignantly with his.
Joe Barrett renders the character's voices in a way that distinguishes each one.
Thisbook's multi-layered story is a treat to be savored again and again.
As with all Anne Tyler's works, this book makees you feel you have shared her charscter's lives. Also, she makes the city of Baltimore an integral part of the story.
No! He made the main female character, Muriel, sound like Jerry Lewis in one of his comedies. I can't imagine any man finding this woman alluring with the interpretation he gives her. Geena Davis did a far better performance in the film.
It's interesting that Muriel was portrayed much more sympathetically in the film and Kathleen Turner came off badly. In the book she's a bit more likable, and the book also fleshes out a lot of Macon's feelings (such as they are.) I would recommend the film over a reading of the novel, however. It's still a fine story with amusing characters.
A sad story of a confused and unhappy husband. He believes that a woman the opposite of the wife who left him will make him happy.
Not if it was a similar story
I found myself not liking the Miriam character because of the voice given her by the reader. I kept picturing the words on a page and seeing if that would've been the tone I assigned her. It wasn't. And yet I cheered for her throughout notwithstanding the harsh correction of Edward when he threatened to bite. But I suppose that technique was popular in the decade this book was written.
in the middle
the characters and how they change
The main character is named Macon. The reader constantly pronounces it Mee con or meegun. it sounds as if he is saying megan. I find it really annoying.
This is a great book. I read it years ago and later saw the movie version. it is funny and charming and the characters are rounded out and believable. I am not enjoying the audible version as much as I had hoped.
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