The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

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Discuss the ending of Tyler's work The Accidental Tourist. I was left confused.

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The ending is subtle, but highly effective.  The moment that Macon tells the cab to pull over and pick up Muriel represents a couple of things.  The first is that he is willing to put aside the self- destruction and emotional emptiness of his past and embrace the insecurity and passion of the future.  Macon's relationship with Sarah was stable only its penchant for his destruction and his self- hatred.  In a sense, Macon had become used to living his life in a suitcase of self- loathing and emotional...

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