Publisher: Simon & Schuster June 2001
Publication Date: 2001
Book Condition: Fine (F)
Dust Jacket Condition: As New
Edition: First Edition.
Very collectable condition. Appears unread, crisp, clean, bright and tight. Now protected with Durafold unattached to jacket. Near fine book/Near Fine Dust Jacket. BEAUTIFUL copy. McMurtry's casual thoughts written down during an excursion to Polynesia including Tahiti. McMurtry is known as a novelist, but many think his true talents are in writing essays and books such as this--a travel jounal with personal interludes and introspectives of his own life. Bookseller Inventory # 20081012103409
Synopsis: At once an inviting travel book and an insightful reflection on his parents' marriage, Paradise is McMurtry's most original and personal work to date. The author sets off for Tahiti in the South Sea Islands as he challenges the overtones of hard work, bitter disappointment, and the Puritan work ethic of his west Texas roots.
Review: The bard of the Texas plains ventures into unfamiliar territory in this slender, entertaining travelogue of the tropical islands of the South Pacific.
McMurtry, a veteran of long car trips along the back roads of the American desert, boards a cruise ship this time around, and not without some foreboding; wandering among the Marquesas with a motley complement of international "island junkies" with whom he finds little in common, this most bookish of writers finds himself running short of reading matter, forced to slow down to the tedious pace of long-distance sea travel, and not entirely content at the turn of events. McMurtry doesn't complain: instead, he passes the time remarking on the national and personal idiosyncrasies of his fellow passengers, mostly in good humor, and reflecting on closeted family skeletons, feelings of marginality and loneliness, mortality, and other matters while observing the passing scene.
A departure in many ways, Paradise finds McMurtry in a contemplative mood. "Nowhere else," he writes, "have I felt so far," and not only geographically. There's enough local color, enough dank glens, misty mountains, and sun-dazzled beaches to satisfy armchair travel buffs, but this is a quiet, thoughtful voyage that reveals that true paradise lies close to the heart. --Gregory McNamee
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