Paul Theroux

Paul Theroux is an American travel writer and novelist, known for his rich descriptions of places and the intricacies of travel. Some of his notable works include 'The Great Railway Bazaar' and 'The Mosquito Coast.' He has been a prominent figure in travel literature since the 1970s.


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  1. 1. The Mosquito Coast

    "The Mosquito Coast" is a gripping and thought-provoking novel that follows the eccentric and idealistic inventor, Allie Fox, as he uproots his family from suburban America to create a utopian society in the jungles of Honduras. As they face numerous challenges and dangers, Allie's obsession with his vision becomes increasingly destructive, leading to a thrilling and tragic climax that explores themes of disillusionment, the clash of cultures, and the consequences of unchecked ambition.

  2. 2. Picture Palace

    The novel follows the life of Maude Coffin Pratt, a celebrated photographer who has traveled the world capturing images of extraordinary events and people. Now in her seventies, she is attempting to organize a retrospective exhibition of her work. As she sifts through her extensive collection of photos, she finds herself reliving her past, particularly her tumultuous relationship with her younger brother, an affair that shaped her life and continues to haunt her. The narrative explores themes of love, obsession, and the power of photography to capture and preserve moments in time.

  3. 3. The Great Railway Bazaar

    "The Great Railway Bazaar" is a travelogue in which the author embarks on a four-month journey by train from London through Europe, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and Siberia, and then back to Europe. The book is a vivid and insightful account of the people, cultures, landscapes, and experiences encountered during the journey, painting a unique picture of the world as seen from the perspective of a train window. The author's sharp observations and engaging storytelling make this journey as much an inner exploration as a geographical one.