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Theroux, Paul

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Most widely held works by Paul Theroux
The Mosquito Coast : a novel by Paul Theroux( Book )

169 editions published between 1976 and 2019 in 11 languages and held by 3,609 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 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
My secret history by Paul Theroux( Book )

45 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,854 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The secret life of an American writer, Andre Parent, describing his dreams, his privacies, and everything he keeps hidden. Andre Parent's story begins in Massachusetts where his first furtive sexual encounters introduce him to the thrills of leading a double life. Parent travels the globe and tastes the delights of innumerable affairs before settling down to writing, wedlock, and self-analysis
The lower river by Paul Theroux( Book )

26 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 1,849 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 family arsenal by Paul Theroux( Book )

65 editions published between 1970 and 2011 in 5 languages and held by 1,813 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
Dark star safari : overland from Cairo to Cape Town by Paul Theroux( Book )

9 editions published between 2003 and 2004 in English and held by 1,759 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
The Pillars of Hercules : a grand tour of the Mediterranean by Paul Theroux( Book )

33 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and held by 1,718 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.--From publisher description
Kowloon Tong by Paul Theroux( Book )

64 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in 5 languages and held by 1,703 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 )

41 editions published between 2001 and 2018 in 8 languages and held by 1,595 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
O-Zone : a novel by Paul Theroux( Book )

40 editions published between 1986 and 2002 in 6 languages and held by 1,580 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
The consul's file by Paul Theroux( Book )

58 editions published between 1972 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 1,561 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this 1978 compilation, Paul Theroux offers twenty stand-alone (and originally serialized) chapters told through the eyes of a young American consul posted to a small Malaysian town in the 1970s. The stories are chronological picking up when the narrator arrives in country and ending with a letter he writes as he departs. --Richard T at
Mother Land by Paul Theroux( Book )

34 editions published between 2017 and 2021 in 4 languages and held by 1,502 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To those in her Cape Cod town, Mother is an exemplar of piety, frugality, and hard work. To her husband and seven children, she is the selfish, petty tyrant of Mother Land. She excels at playing her offspring against each other. Her favorite, Angela, died in childbirth; only Angela really understands her, she tells the others. The others include the officious lawyer, Fred; the uproarious professor, Floyd; a pair of inseparable sisters whose devotion to Mother has consumed their lives; and JP, the narrator, a successful writer whose work she disparages. As she lives well past the age of 100, her brood struggles with and among themselves to shed her viselike hold on them. Mother Land is a piercing portrait of how a parent's narcissism impacts a family. While the particulars of his tale are unique, Paul Theroux encapsulates with acute clarity and wisdom a circumstance that is familiar to millions of readers. And beyond offering the shock and comfort of recognition, Mother Land presents for everyone an engrossing, heartbreaking, and often funny saga of a vast family that bickers, colludes, connives, and ultimately overcomes the painful ties that bind them. -- from dust jacket
Picture palace : a novel by Paul Theroux( Book )

59 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,482 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

World-famous photographer Maude Coffin Pratt has pointed her lens at the beautiful, obscure, and obscene, and at the private places and public parts of the famous, from Gertrude Stein to Graham Greene. When the seventy-year-old Maude rummages through her archives in preparation for a triumphant retrospective, the resurrected images unleash a flood of suppressed memories--of her extraordinary life, her celebrated subjects, and the dark, painful secret at the core of her existence
The London embassy by Paul Theroux( Book )

40 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in 4 languages and held by 1,461 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
The Elephanta suite by Paul Theroux( Book )

30 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 1,454 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)
Half Moon Street : two short novels by Paul Theroux( Book )

39 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in 5 languages and held by 1,373 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chicago loop by Paul Theroux( Book )

41 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 1,345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The secret life of a successful Chicago real-estate developer who murders a woman he meets through a personal ad is the subject of Theroux's forceful and disturbing novel
A dead hand : a crime in Calcutta by Paul Theroux( Book )

30 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,321 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?
The collected stories by Paul Theroux( Book )

26 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 1,288 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
Blinding light by Paul Theroux( Book )

29 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,274 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
Millroy the Magician by Paul Theroux( Book )

30 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 1,213 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
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The Mosquito Coast : a novel
My secret historyThe family arsenalDark star safari : overland from Cairo to Cape TownThe Pillars of Hercules : a grand tour of the MediterraneanKowloon TongHotel HonoluluO-Zone : a novelThe consul's file
Alternative Names
Paul Edward Theroux

Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux Amerikaans schrijver

Paul Theroux amerikai író

Paul Theroux amerikansk författare

Paul Theroux amerikansk skribent

Paul Theroux écrivain américain

Paul Theroux escritor estadounidense

Paul Theroux scrittore statunitense

Paul Theroux US-amerikanischer Reiseschriftsteller französisch-italienischer Abstammung

Terokss, Pauls 1941-

Terū, Pols 1941-

Theroux Paul

Theroux, Paul Edward

Theroux, Paul Edward 1941-

Пол Теру

Пол Теру американски писател

Пол Теру американский писатель

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서루, 폴 1941-

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서룩스, 폴 에드워드 1941-

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