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Paul Theroux

Autor(a) de The Great Railway Bazaar

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About the Author

Paul Edward Theroux was born on April 10, 1941 in Medford, Massachusetts and is an acclaimed travel writer. After attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst he joined the Peace Corps and taught in Malawi from 1963 to 1965. He also taught in Uganda at Makerere University and in Singapore at mostrar mais the University of Singapore. Although Theroux has also written travel books in general and about various modes of transport, his name is synonymous with the literature of train travel. Theroux's 1975 best-seller, The Great Railway Bazaar, takes the reader through Asia, while his second book about train travel, The Old Patagonian Express (1979), describes his trip from Boston to the tip of South America. His third contribution to the railway travel genre, Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China, won the Thomas Cook Prize for best literary travel book in 1989. His literary output also includes novels, books for children, short stories, articles, and poetry. His novels include Picture Palace (1978), which won the Whitbread Award and The Mosquito Coast (1981), which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Theroux is a fellow of both the British Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Geographic Society. His title Lower River made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. Currently his 2015 book, Deep South , is a bestseller. (Bowker Author Biography) Paul Theroux is the distinguished author of numerous award-winning books, including "The Mosquito Coast," "Kowloon Tong," & "Half Moon Street." (Publisher Provided) mostrar menos
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Obras de Paul Theroux

The Great Railway Bazaar (1975) 2,820 cópias
The Mosquito Coast (1980) 2,244 cópias
Riding the Iron Rooster (1989) 1,842 cópias
The Pillars of Hercules (1995) 1,339 cópias
My Secret History (1989) 655 cópias
Hotel Honolulu (2001) 623 cópias
O-Zone (1986) 574 cópias
Fresh Air Fiend: Travel Writings (2000) — Autor — 535 cópias
Kowloon Tong (1997) 527 cópias
My Other Life (1996) 451 cópias
The Lower River (2012) 352 cópias
The Family Arsenal (1976) 321 cópias
To the Ends of the Earth (1990) 318 cópias
Millroy the Magician (1993) 306 cópias
Chicago Loop (1991) 281 cópias
Blinding Light (2005) 280 cópias
The London Embassy (1982) 274 cópias
A Dead Hand (2009) 273 cópias
Picture Palace (1978) 271 cópias
Saint Jack (1973) 266 cópias
The Consul's File (1977) 255 cópias
The Best American Travel Writing 2001 (2001) — Editor — 236 cópias
Patagonia Revisited (1986) 209 cópias
Theroux: Collected Stories (1997) 189 cópias
World's End and Other Stories (1980) 153 cópias
Mother Land (2017) 141 cópias
The Black House (1974) 134 cópias
Down the Yangtze (1995) 112 cópias
Doctor Slaughter (1984) 110 cópias
Mr. Bones: Twenty Stories (2014) 107 cópias
Jungle Lovers (1971) — Autor — 104 cópias
The Greenest Island (1995) 98 cópias
Sinning with Annie (1972) 97 cópias
Sailing Through China (1983) 96 cópias
Girls at Play (1969) 90 cópias
Under the Wave at Waimea (2021) 86 cópias
A Christmas Card (1978) 83 cópias
Fong and the Indians (1968) — Autor — 81 cópias
The Mosquito Coast [1986 film] (1986) — Original Author — 61 cópias
Murder in Mount Holly (2011) 57 cópias
Waldo (1967) 46 cópias
Dr. Demarr (1990) 36 cópias
Burma Sahib (2024) 36 cópias
Travelers' Tales GREECE : True Stories (2000) — Contribuinte — 31 cópias
Slow Trains to Simla (1996) 29 cópias
The Collected Short Novels (1998) 25 cópias
The Cold World 11 cópias
Poems for Travellers (2019) 9 cópias
Dispatches D1: In America (1656) 5 cópias
The White Man's Burden (1987) 4 cópias
O Outro Lado do Paraíso (2015) 3 cópias
Grenzeloos (1999) 3 cópias
Action 3 cópias
El arsenal de la familia (1979) 2 cópias
The Widow 1 exemplar(es)
Debaixo da Onda em Waimea (2023) 1 exemplar(es)
The Consul's File 1 exemplar(es)
Vakantieverhalen — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)
VolPension 1 exemplar(es)
China Passage 1 exemplar(es)
A Game of Dice 1 exemplar(es)
Camp Echo (2019) 1 exemplar(es)
Leper Colony 1 exemplar(es)
The Ozone 1 exemplar(es)
El geólogo (2023) 1 exemplar(es)
De benederivier 1 exemplar(es)
The Wicked Coast 1 exemplar(es)
The Furies 1 exemplar(es)
Na równinie węży 1 exemplar(es)
By Train Across India 1 exemplar(es)
The Consul's Files 1 exemplar(es)

Associated Works

The Secret Agent (1907) — Introdução, algumas edições6,515 cópias
The Sheltering Sky (1949) — Introdução, algumas edições4,283 cópias
The Comedians (1966) — Introdução, algumas edições2,674 cópias
What Maisie Knew (1897) — Editor, algumas edições2,100 cópias
The Worst Journey in the World (1922) — Introdução, algumas edições1,895 cópias
Ali and Nino (1937) — Posfácio, algumas edições949 cópias
The Nigger of the Narcissus (1897) — Introdução, algumas edições915 cópias
Cape Cod (1865) — Introdução, algumas edições775 cópias
Birthday Stories (2002) — Contribuinte — 452 cópias
Telling Tales (2004) — Contribuinte — 342 cópias
Bad Trips (1991) — Contribuinte — 232 cópias
Granta 84: Over There: How America Sees the World (2004) — Contribuinte — 228 cópias
Sudden Fiction International: Sixty Short-Short Stories (1989) — Contribuinte — 212 cópias
The Best American Travel Writing 2008 (2008) — Contribuinte — 211 cópias
The Best American Essays 1994 (1994) — Contribuinte — 180 cópias
Granta 88: Mothers (2004) — Contribuinte — 163 cópias
Granta 29: New World (1989) — Contribuinte — 151 cópias
Granta 61: The Sea (1998) — Contribuinte — 148 cópias
Murder & Other Acts of Literature (1997) — Contribuinte — 147 cópias
Granta 80: The Group (2002) — Contribuinte — 146 cópias
Granta 48: Africa (1994) — Contribuinte — 143 cópias
Granta 69: The Assassin (2000) — Contribuinte — 126 cópias
Granta 53: News (1996) — Contribuinte — 124 cópias
Granta 44: The Last Place on Earth (1993) — Contribuinte — 124 cópias
Granta 75: Brief Encounters (2001) — Contribuinte — 124 cópias
The Best American Travel Writing 2012 (2012) — Contribuinte — 114 cópias
Granta 40: The Womanizer (1992) — Contribuinte — 113 cópias
The Norton Book of Travel (1987) — Contribuinte — 110 cópias
Heart of the Land: Essays on Last Great Places (1994) — Contribuinte — 105 cópias
The Best American Travel Writing 2016 (2016) — Contribuinte — 97 cópias
Granta 114: Aliens (2011) — Contribuinte — 94 cópias
Granta 10: Travel Writing (1984) — Contribuinte — 89 cópias
The Oxford Book of Travel Stories (1996) — Contribuinte — 74 cópias
Great American Mystery Stories of the 20th Century (1989) — Contribuinte — 72 cópias
It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art (2018) — Contribuinte — 71 cópias
Anonymous Sex (2022) — Contribuinte — 60 cópias
The Best American Magazine Writing 2007 (2007) — Contribuinte — 59 cópias
Oxtravels: Meetings with Remarkable Travel Writers (2011) — Contribuinte — 57 cópias
Too Late to Turn Back (1938) — Introdução, algumas edições56 cópias
Realms of Darkness (1985) — Contribuinte — 43 cópias
The Best American Magazine Writing 2011 (2011) — Contribuinte — 36 cópias
The Oxford Book of English Love Stories (1996) — Contribuinte — 34 cópias
Edge (2004) — Contribuinte — 32 cópias
National Geographic Magazine 1984 v165 #6 June (1984) — Contribuinte — 32 cópias
Exotic Postcards: The Lure of Distant Lands (2007) — Introdução — 30 cópias
National Geographic Magazine 1989 v176 #3 September (1989) — Contribuinte — 27 cópias
Sail Away: Stories of Escaping to Sea (2001) — Contribuinte — 25 cópias
National Geographic Magazine 1988 v173 #3 March (1988) — Contribuinte — 25 cópias
Italie reisverhalen (2001) — Contribuinte — 18 cópias
Wonders: Writings and Drawings for the Child in Us All (1980) — Contribuinte — 18 cópias
Naar huis (1994) — Contribuinte — 16 cópias
Travelers' Tales CENTRAL AMERICA : True Stories (2002) — Contribuinte — 16 cópias
Visions of America (1600) — Prefácio, algumas edições13 cópias
The Playboy Book of Short Stories (1995) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Best Detective Stories of the Year - 1978 (1978) — Contribuinte — 8 cópias
Op reis met... — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Bruin's Midnight Reader (2021) — Contribuinte, algumas edições3 cópias
Best Detective Stories 1980 (1980) — Contribuinte — 3 cópias
Mexico reisverhalen — Contribuinte — 2 cópias
The best of Playboy fiction, Volume 7 (1997) — Contribuinte — 1 exemplar(es)


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Conhecimento Comum




De reisverhalen van Theroux zijn altijd leuk om te lezen, omdat hij een heerlijke atypische reiziger is. Als iets populair is, zal hij een andere route kiezen. Als hij zich als een local kan gedragen, doet hij dat. Hij slaapt in slechte hotels, zwerft door lelijke buurten en praat met velen om zodoende te weten wat er speelt in een land, niet wat de reisgidsen zeggen wat hij zou moeten zijn.

In dit boek begint hij in Gibraltar, ziet aan de overkant Marokko liggen en begint aan een reis over land om daar te komen. Kortom, een rondje middellandse zee, met alles wat hij onderweg tegenkomt. En dat beschrijft hij op zijn eigen typerende wijze. In Spanje reist hij weliswaar langs de kust, maar weet de drukte feilloos te mijden. Hij pakt veel boten, omdat hij Mallorca, Corsica, Sardinië en Sicilië meepikt, waardoor hij weer naar havensteden moet, die meestal iets ruiger, iets gevaarlijker zijn dan badplaatsen. En dat past weer prima bij de schrijver die de cultuur rondom de meest toeristische zee ter wereld wil proeven.

Lastig is het wanneer hij door voormalig Joegoslavië verder wil reizen, maar op plekken komt waar zelfs oorlogsjournalisten niet willen bezoeken. En dus moet hij andere oplossingen vinden. Net als in het midden oosten, waar het, ook toen al, erg onrustig was. En zo zien we Theroux ineens vanuit Istanbul op een cruiseschip verder reizen. En op zijn eigen manier is dat ook weer boeiend om te lezen.

Wat we in veel reisboeken niet zien, is dat hij zijn reis onderbreekt en later weer oppakt. Het wordt even tussendoor vermeldt, maar verder genegeerd. Aan de ene kant logisch, het gaat alleen om de reis, we hoeven niet te lezen over zijn thuiskomst, zijn familiebezoeken en wat hij nog meer thuis doet, aan de andere kant vreemd, aangezien het verhaal als een enkele langs trip wordt gebracht, terwijl we weten dat hij tussendoor wat anders heeft gedaan.

Ook in Noord-Afrika lukt het hem niet langs de kust te blijven reizen. En zo is hij maanden later ineens weer terug in Italië om van daaruit via Frankrijk weer naar Marokko te reizen. Omslachtig. Onlogisch. Het doet toch wel een beetje afbreuk aan zijn prachtige voornemen om de paar kilometer die Gibraltar van Marokko scheiden met een mooi kusttrip van duizenden kilometers te overbruggen.

Maar al met al vond ik het toch weer een genot om de avonturen van Theroux te lezen. Zijn observaties, zijn ontmoetingen, zijn analyses, het maakt hem een van mijn favoriete reisschrijvers. En gelukkig heb ik nog een aantal ongelezen titels in de kast staan.

Citaat: “Ik was dolblij dat ik dit vredige plaatsje had ontdekt. Meestal reisde ik door tot ik een plaats vond die me aanstond, en als ik een bepaald gevoel kreeg, dan bleef ik daar. Dat was ook een van de redenen waarom ik alleen reisde, want het kwam zelden voor dat twee mensen dezelfde kwaliteiten zagen in een plaats (‘Waarom wil je hier blijven? Ik dacht dat we verder zouden reizen’). (p.61)
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privaterevolution | outras 14 resenhas | Mar 1, 2024 |
A man of his times, out of place!

Insecure, bullied ex-Etonian, Eric Arthur Blair (George Orwell) becomes a policeman in Burma. Blair is a tall, gangly chap who finds people and relationships a burden. His inner world is far richer. Blair is withdrawn. His passion is books. That list is certainly edgy. Huxley, Lawrence for a starters. Inside he’s a rebel, an agitator. However he’s nineteen years old and en route to Burma as a training policeman with the Imperial Forces.
[Blair’s] detachment remained, the hovering, watchful self, seeing the young man in the jacket and tie on deck, like a character in a story, knowing what the young man was hesitant to admit: that he was uncertain; that he really didn’t have a clue; that he was to be a policeman.
Blair’s life in Burma will be very different to the life he dreams of. A puzzle he has to somehow push through. An outsider trying to find his way in.
Burma has a strong culture dating down through the centuries, rich in food, in color and movement. Paradise with more than a sting in its tail. A culture disdained by its imperial masters. Welcome to the British Raj.
He’ll confront jingoism, culture wars, attitudes to mixed races, women, and troubling juxtapositions about life and viewpoints. He is introduced to pleasures of the flesh, he finds love only to realize its limitations. He canes prisoners and sees himself back at Eton being bullied. He hates his actions. He feels unclean. His conscience is troubled. However his survival is reckoned on sticking with the status quo—the Sahibs.
That means hiding the fact that he has two half caste uncles, and cousins. Relatives he wants to hide for reasons of his own acceptance, as much as for their protection from insular snobbery and disdain.
Burma, part of Britain’s far flung empire, a place the British cling to and impose their rule of law on.
The story of this troubled, non conformist, who conforms in the worst possible way, is broken open in the worst way possible. Blair finally escapes to a different and we can only hope more satisfying future.
Last we see Blair, he is immersing himself in sociological investigations in the north of England. He writes under his other persona, George. The name he gave his writing self in Burma.
An intriguing novel that immerses the reader in the Imperial Police Force and has the main character pondering questions. Yet those questions are silenced, submerged by tradition and rules, unwritten and written. Judgement to the letter of the law with very little scope for compassion. Blair becomes part of the very system he condemns. A proper Burma Sahib, on the outside. Inside he’s a tortured, conflicted soul.
Eric Blair is a character not soon forgotten. George Orwell didn’t. This fictionalised tale of Orwell’s early years is thought provoking and brilliant!

A Mariner Books ARC via NetGalley.
Many thanks to the author and publisher.
Please note: Quotes taken from an advanced reading copy maybe subject to change
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eyes.2c | outras 2 resenhas | Feb 2, 2024 |
Enjoyed the beginning but it just didn't work overall.
hmonkeyreads | Jan 25, 2024 |



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