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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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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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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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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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 >

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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: Aug. 18, 2008

"Fans of Theroux will say that he hasn't lost his touch; the more critical will say that he breaks no new ground. Either way, worth looking into."
Travel writer and novelist Theroux (The Elephanta Suite, 2007, etc.) offers an elegiac retracing of roads and railroads taken across the vastness of Eurasia. 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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DEEP SOUTH by Paul Theroux
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"An epically compelling travel memoir."
An acclaimed travel writer and novelist's engrossing account of his journey through the Deep South. 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 >