Search Results: "Paul Theroux"


BOOK REVIEW

PAUL by A.N. Wilson
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

In a worthy companion volume to his Jesus: A Life (1992), novelist-biographer Wilson (A Watch in the Night, 1996, etc.) adeptly recreates the milieu of Christianity's greatest interpreter and missionary. Read full book review >

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PAUL by Jerome Murphy-O'Connor
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1996

"Acts, though historically imprecise, makes for a much better story."
A dry historical tome that would be more aptly titled ``Paul: A Cultural History.'' The difficulties of doing ancient biography are compounded when one of the two major sources available is believed to be historically unreliable and corrupt. Read full book review >

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Paul by Gesner Noel
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 5, 2016

"An excellent single-volume introduction to Christianity's first theologian."
A brief but thorough account of St. Paul's life and an analysis of its significance in the subsequent development of Christianity. Read full book review >

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THE LOWER RIVER by Paul Theroux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 22, 2012

"Theroux has recaptured the sweep and density of his 1981 masterpiece The MosquitoCoast. That's some achievement."
A joyful return to Africa turns into a nightmare for the elderly American protagonist of Theroux's extraordinary novel. Read full book review >

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A DEAD HAND by Paul Theroux
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 11, 2010

"A novel of extremes—rationality and obsession, humanitarianism and selfishness, ecstasy and heartlessness."
Murder and mystery in Calcutta—but not a typical murder mystery. Read full book review >

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MILLROY THE MAGICIAN by Paul Theroux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Even fans may find themselves glancing at their watches."
From Theroux's lighter side: an all-American magician-as-Messiah fable that owes less to Elmer Gantry than to Tono-Bungay. Read full book review >

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BLINDING LIGHT by Paul Theroux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 2005

"Blinding Light fails to dazzle, or even illuminate."
Theroux's 40th book is the novel writers usually produce early in their careers: a Portrait of the Artist as Unregenerate Egomaniac. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2001 by Paul Theroux
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 10, 2001

"No strolls in Provence or Walter Mitty reveries; these intense pieces are for the aspiring Lawrence of Arabia. All are tinged with the madness of seeking danger; the best also reveal an unquenchable longing and a fervent humanity."
The latest entry in the successful Best American series offers a tough-minded collection of 26 extreme voyages testing endurance and granting revelation. Read full book review >

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Released: Oct. 17, 1995

"As satisfying as a glass of cool wine on a dusty Calabrian afternoon. (Author tour)"
With his effortless writing style, observant eye, and take-no- prisoners approach, Theroux (The Happy Isles of Oceania, 1992, etc.) is in top form chronicling this 18-month circuit of the Mediterranean. Read full book review >

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MOTHER LAND by Paul Theroux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2017

"A sodden study of domestic resentment."
A well-traveled writer contemplates the long, menacing shadow his mother has cast over his life. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: May 26, 2011

"Alternatively pious and irreverent, this is an uneasy almanac of favorite quotes and advice for the would-be tourist that broadly features travel as a trope for personal enlightenment."
From prolific travel writer and novelist Theroux (A Dead Hand, 2011, etc.), an eclectic compendium of travel-related trivia, quotes, quips and advice. Read full book review >