A Travel Guidebook for Agoraphobics
Macon the hero of The Accidental Tourist writes travel guidebooks for homebodies, business travelers and the elderly who hate to travel and anyone else who hates being away from home. I think there ought to be a travel guidebook written soon if it is not in stores everywhere. In this hilarious classic best seller, the books sell off the shelf.
Since I borrowed and modified Tyler’s title for a series of blog posts, The Accidental Vacation, The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler was probably one of my favorite books of all time. The reader meandered through the laughable drivel in this book to discover the plot hidden among the hilarious conversations and descriptions.
“Maybe you should put on your glasses.”
“Putting on my glasses would help you to see?” …
“Did you see the boy with the motor cycle?
“He was parked beneath the underpass.”
It’s crazy to ride a motorcycle on a day like today.”
You could predict imminent divorce from the first conversation between this couple. Their conversations floated on planes of their own, passing each other as they traveled across the airwaves, typical of many real conversations. The protagonist inserts many of his own thoughts which are just as inane as his conversations with others.
I found the descriptions compelling also.
“The car drew in around them like a room. … Earlier the air conditioner had been running and now some artificial chill remained, quickly turning dank, carrying with it the smell of mildew.”
I have definitely smelled that in my car, haven’t you?
You can’t help feeling sorry for poor, bumbling Macon as he fends for himself oblivious to how to improve his life. He doesn’t recognize his help for a long time, but like his dog, he eventually learns som new tricks. The unfolding is heartwarming making you laugh and cry sometimes simultaneously.
I would love to clone this book and publish it under my name. Poof, book done! But now I have to go back and polish my manuscript and try to make it as readable as Anne Tyler made hers.a