Search Results: "Paul Theroux"


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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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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 2013

"Reading this enlightening book won't only open a window into Theroux's mind, it will also impart a deeper understanding of Africa and travel in general."
The acclaimed travel writer and novelist chronicles his journey through Africa as tourist, adventure-seeker, thinker and hopeful critic. Read full book review >

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THE COLLECTED STORIES by Paul Theroux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1997

"A varied, powerful, often moving collection, then, by one of our most original and ambitious authors."
The prolific Theroux (My Other Life, 1996, etc.) has published four volumes of short stories. Read full book review >

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FRESH AIR FIEND by Paul Theroux
NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 2000

"A feast for both Theroux aficionados and those lucky enough to experience his distinctive world-view and evocative prose for the first time. (Author tour)"
The prolific Theroux (Sir Vidia's Shadow, 1998, etc.) gives full vent to his wanderlust in this virtuoso collection of travel essays, all but one of which were written after his prior aggregation, Sunrise With Seamonsters (1984). Read full book review >

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THE ELEPHANTA SUITE by Paul Theroux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 26, 2007

"Whether they realize it or not, Theroux's characters are all seekers, and all of them wind up on paths much different from those they originally imagined."
Three brilliant, loosely concatenated stories, all set in India and all about spiritual quests. Read full book review >

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HOTEL HONOLULU by Paul Theroux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 9, 2001

"If you can get past the false modesty of the narrator, whose allusions to his discarded fame only make him sound smug, there's wonder on every floor of the Hotel Honolulu."
"We're multistory," explains Buddy Hamstra, owner of the Hotel Honolulu, describing in a word not only the setting but the narrative structure of Theroux's tale of a burned-out, middle-aged writer seeking salvation at the edge of paradise. Read full book review >

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MR. BONES by Paul Theroux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"A versatile, prolific author asserts his pre-eminence in short fiction with an unassuming brilliance that almost makes you think stories will become popular again."
After more than 40 years of publishing short stories, Theroux has become a master of the form, with a deep capacity to engage, enchant and unsettle. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: June 8, 1992

"Informative not only for the voyager, but also for those wanting a new perspective on the Western continents of home. (Sorely lacking a map.)"
The peripatetic author of Riding the Iron Rooster, etc., etc., ventures with a collapsible kayak to the remote and scattered islands of the South Pacific. Read full book review >

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DARK STAR SAFARI by Paul Theroux
Released: March 28, 2003

"Engagingly written, sharply observed: another winner from Theroux."
America's master traveler (Fresh Air Fiend, 2000, etc.) takes us along on his wanderings in tumultuous bazaars, crowded railway stations, desert oases, and the occasional nicely appointed hotel lobby. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"As for Naipaul: 'Never give anyone a second chance.'"
The detailed story of a long, top-heavy friendship that took a sudden nosedive, from novelist and travel writer Theroux (Kowloon Tong, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >