FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE: People and Places


FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE: People and Places

PAUL THEROUX    Book Number: 87803    Product format: Hardback

'Reading Theroux makes you cancel your plane tickets and settle in at home instead for a good read.' - Entertainment Weekly. Well since we have no choice at the moment what better way than through his genius and clear-eyed rendition of a fresh world and the deeper observations he attaches to it. Paul Theroux is the author of many acclaimed books and in the spirit of his much-loved Sunrise with Sea Monsters and Fresh Air Fiend, this delectable collection of his recent writing is on great places, people and prose. We are led through a dazzling array of sights, characters and experiences in a writerly tour de force. Travel essays take us to Ecuador, Zimbabwe and Hawaii. Gems of literary criticism reveal fascinating depth in the work of Henry David Thoreau, Muriel Spark, Joseph Conrad and Hunter Thompson. In a series of breathtakingly personal profiles, we take a helicopter ride with Elizabeth Taylor in a chapter entitled 'Liz in Neverland', go diagnosing with Oliver Sacks, eavesdrop on the day-to-day life of a Manhattan dominatrix, and explore New York with Robin Williams. Other chapters include Trespassing in Africa, Stanley: The Ultimate African Explorer, Paul Bowles: Not A Tourist, Maugham: Up and Down in Asia, and Mockingbird In Monroeville. He muses on the reclusive Harper Lee and the 1934 trial of a black man, Walter Lett, accused of raping a white woman in Monroeville. We meander and muse with him in modern life, Americana, in this extended meditation on the craft of writing and Theroux's constant quest for the authentic in a person or a place. 386pp. remainder mark.
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