Search Results: "Paul Theroux"


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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 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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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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MY OTHER LIFE by Paul Theroux
Released: Sept. 23, 1996

An ``imaginary memoir'' in which its author and other real people become the protagonists of fictional stories, from the prolific novelist and travel writer (Millroy the Magician, 1994; The Pillars of Hercules, 1995, etc.). 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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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 >

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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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THE STRANGER AT THE PALAZZO D’ORO by Paul Theroux
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 12, 2004

"Material that still leaves you wishing Theroux would chuck the imagineering and get his cantankerous self back on the road."
From Theroux the wanderer, the story of a wandering American who becomes a German aristocrat's concubine, and other, lesser, tales. Read full book review >

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KOWLOON TONG by Paul Theroux
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 2, 1997

"A strongly imagined melodrama with a lot on its mind, but not the novel it might have been."
The prolific author of, most recently, My Other Life (1996), and many other works set in faraway places, returns to one of his favorite locales—the Far East—in this tense novel about disenchanted Caucasians living in Hong Kong on the eve of that former colony's separation from Britain and its reunification with China. Read full book review >

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THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2014 by Paul Theroux
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A thrilling, surprising collection—one of the best in the series."
A lavish and often revelatory assortment of travel writings. 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 >