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Theroux, Paul

Works: 480 works in 2,622 publications in 20 languages and 89,388 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Local history  Short stories  Biography  Domestic fiction  Detective and mystery stories  History  Suspense fiction  Autobiographical fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Conceptor, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Other, Scenarist, Interviewee, Collector
Classifications: PS3570.H4, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Paul Theroux
The Mosquito Coast : a novel by Paul Theroux( Book )

156 editions published between 1976 and 2008 in 14 languages and held by 3,914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Allie Fox, the brilliant and paranoid inventor, takes his family to live in the Honduran jungle, determined to build a civilization better than the one they left. Fleeing from an America he sees as mired in materialism and conformity, he hopes to rediscover a purer life. His utopian experiment takes a dark turn when his obsessions lead his family towards unimaginable danger
Dark star safari : overland from Cairo to Cape Town by Paul Theroux( Book )

29 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 2,103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A rich and insightful travel book in the tradition that made Paul Theroux's reputation, Dark Star Safari takes us the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, forgotten train, and rusting steamer. Theroux confronts delay, discomfort, bullets, and bad food while encountering a remarkable mix of places and people. Beginning in Cairo and ending in Cape Town, he goes on the ultimate safari to the true heart of Africa, not the lavish game parks with overfed guests but the small villages of the bush and the filthy chaotic cities that define this forgotten continent" -- Publisher's description
My secret history by Paul Theroux( Book )

39 editions published between 1989 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 2,093 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The secret life of an American writer, Andre Parent, describing his dreams, his privacies, and everything he keeps hidden
The lower river by Paul Theroux( Book )

19 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,052 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ellis Hock never believed that he would return to Africa. He runs an old-fashioned menswear store in a small town in Massachusetts but still dreams of his Eden, the four years he spent in Malawi with the Peace Corps, cut short when he had to return to take over the family business. When his wife leaves him, and he is on his own, he realizes that there is one place for him to go: back to his village in Malawi, on the remote Lower River, where he can be happy again. Arriving at the dusty village, he finds it transformed: the school he built is a ruin, the church and clinic are gone, and poverty and apathy have set in among the people. They remember him--the White Man with no fear of snakes--and welcome him. But is his new life, his journey back, an escape or a trap?
The Pillars of Hercules : a grand tour of the Mediterranean by Paul Theroux( Book )

40 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in 6 languages and held by 2,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this modern Grand Tour, Theroux sets off from Gibraltar on a journey around the Mediterranean Sea. It is a long, lively, and occasionally dangerous trip, up the coast of Spain, along the Riviera, by ferry to the islands of Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, and beyond. By foot, train, bus, and cruise ship, Theroux travels around Italy and the Greek islands, to Albania in a state of near anarchy and to war-torn Croatia. He sails into Istanbul, its minarets and mosque domes beckoning him to the Levant. Ahead are Damascus and the villages of Syria, shrouded in the cult of Assad; Israel, besieged by suicide bombers; Egypt, Morocco and Paul Bowles' Tangier. Exploring wild coastlines, probing through layers of tradition and culture, ancient and modern, tawdry and splendid, Theroux weaves the legends and siren calls of civilizations as old as time into a story about life on the Mediterranean today
The family arsenal by Paul Theroux( Book )

46 editions published between 1970 and 2010 in 6 languages and held by 2,020 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A former American consul joins the disparate members of a group of London terrorists in their murderous activities throughout the city
Kowloon Tong by Paul Theroux( Book )

51 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in 6 languages and held by 2,007 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The humiliation of a colonial Englishman on the eve of China's takeover of Hong Kong. Neville Mallard, a member of the white elite is forced to sell his family's textile factory to a Chinese businessman. It is a blow to his wallet, but even more to his confidence, the end of a century of white arrogance
Hotel Honolulu by Paul Theroux( Book )

35 editions published between 2001 and 2012 in 7 languages and held by 1,864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Welcome to the Hotel Honolulu, a down-at-the-heels tourist place on a back street two blocks from the beach at Waikiki, where middle America stays and dreams." "Like the Canterbury pilgrims, every guest in this eighty-room hotel has come in search of something - sun, love, happiness, un-namable longing - and everyone has a story. Honeymooners, vacationers, wanderers, mythomaniacs, soldiers, and families all land at the Hotel Honolulu. But the hotel is as suited to being a crime scene as a love nest. Fortunately, our keen-eyed narrator, a writer down on his luck, is there to relate all the comings and goings. He's lost money, friends, house, and family, and he has no experience running a hotel. But all that doesn't stop Buddy, the boozy owner of the place - the last of a dying breed - from signing him on as manager. It isn't long before the hotel expands to encompass the narrator's whole universe. His original plan of escape from a life of the mind becomes something altogether different: a way to return to the world he left, the world of imagined life."--Jacket
The Elephanta suite by Paul Theroux( Book )

34 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,828 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This startling and satisfying book captures the tumult, ambition, hardship, and serenity that mark today?s India. Theroux?s characters risk venturing far beyond the subcontinent?s well-worn paths to discover woe or truth or peace. A middle-aged couple on vacation veers heedlessly from idyll to chaos. A buttoned-up Boston lawyer finds succor in Mumbai?s reeking slums. And a young woman befriends an elephant in Bangalore"--Publisher website (September 2007)
O-Zone : a novel by Paul Theroux( Book )

30 editions published between 1986 and 2002 in 5 languages and held by 1,757 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On New Year's Eve, eight wealthy New Yorkers fly in their private rotors for a holiday picnic in the forbidden O-Zone, contaminated by nuclear waste. A chance encounter with a band of aliens there will change their lives
Blinding light by Paul Theroux( Book )

28 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 1,699 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores creative genius and fame through the life of a writer whose search for a muse has led him into dangerous and destructive places
The consul's file by Paul Theroux( Book )

37 editions published between 1977 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,697 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spencer Savage, a young American consul, is posted to Ayer Hitam, a small Malaysian town, in the 1970s. Told to close down this remote outpost in the sweltering jungle, he instead finds himself drawn to the many characters he meets among the Malays, Indians, Japanese, Chinese, and the clubbable expat Brits.Through his eyes we see the rich tapestry of multi-ethnic life in post-colonial Malaysia, from adultery to murder, from ghost stories to the murky waters of diplomatic politics.It is a brilliant portrait of a vanished time, a lost landscape and scattered peoples
The London embassy by Paul Theroux( Book )

23 editions published between 1982 and 1990 in 3 languages and held by 1,666 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The narrator, an American employee of the American Embassy in London, observes the British and their endless treasure trove of eccentricities on their home ground. And the Americans in the embassy are no less curious. There is the embassy Minister who is obsessed with rage at a male employee who wears an earring, an Arab who has come to London to rob a certain tomb, a woman who cycles all the way to Yorkshire to exact a peculiar revenge, and dozens of others who nurse some secret vagary
Chicago loop by Paul Theroux( Book )

38 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in 9 languages and held by 1,573 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Successful real-estate agent Parker Jagoda risks his apparently peaceful, happy life and marriage as his obsessive pursuit of sexual pleasure draws him into a terrifying nightmare of erotic psychosis and murder
A dead hand : a crime in Calcutta by Paul Theroux( Book )

22 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Jerry Delfont, a travel writer with writer's block, receives a letter from an American philanthropist, Mrs Merrill Unger, with news of a scandal involving an Indian friend of her son's, he is sufficiently intrigued to pursue the story. Who is the dead boy found on the floor of a cheap hotel room, how and why did he die?
Picture palace : a novel by Paul Theroux( Book )

39 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in 4 languages and held by 1,547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A visionary photographer looks back on her life working with real-life luminaries, among them Hemingway, Picasso, Patton, and Frost, in a psychologically intense novel from a best-selling author
The collected stories by Paul Theroux( Book )

22 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 1,460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sixty stories in an international setting. Several deal with the political and amorous adventures of an American diplomat in the Far East, one set in India looks at another culture's meaning of perversion, two are on poets living in London
Millroy the Magician by Paul Theroux( Book )

23 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 1,448 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his portrait of a man who is part genius, part eccentric, and part miracle worker, and of his complete and uneasy relationship with young Jilly, Paul Theroux has created a remarkable parable of America today. A work of breathtaking imagination and resonance, Millroy the Magician displays the author at the height of his fictional powers, and in Jilly and Millroy he has created two truly unforgettable characters
Sunrise with seamonsters : travels & discoveries, 1964-1984 by Paul Theroux( Book )

20 editions published between 1985 and 1997 in English and held by 1,366 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book brings together a variety of experiences and adventures from the travels of the best-selling author to such places as Corsica, Burma, Cape Cod, East Africa, Afghanistan, a leper colony, and the New York subways
The stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro and other stories by Paul Theroux( Book )

25 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and Dutch and held by 1,300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stories deal with lust, sensuality, and rites of passage as a sixty-year-old man recalls a long ago affair with a countess, a young boy walks in on a woman and her lover, and a retired lawyer in Hawaii fantasizes about his housekeepers
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The Mosquito Coast : a novel
Alternative Names
Terokss, Pauls 1941-

Terū, Pols 1941-

Theroux, Paul

Theroux, Paul Edward

Theroux, Paul Edward 1941-

ת׳רו, פול

セルー, ポール

セロー, ポール

Dark star safari : overland from Cairo to Cape TownMy secret historyThe Pillars of Hercules : a grand tour of the MediterraneanThe family arsenalKowloon TongHotel HonoluluThe Elephanta suiteO-Zone : a novel