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Paradise

McMurtry, Larry

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ISBN 10: 0743215656 / ISBN 13: 9780743215657
Published by Simon & Schuster, Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.A., 2001
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Title: Paradise

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Riverside, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: New

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Lonesome Dove recounts his 1999 odyssey to Tahiti and the South Seas Islands, a journey he took in response to his dying mother's revelations about her marriage, relationship with his father, and life against the harsh, violent landscape of west Texas. 75,000 first printing.

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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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