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Theroux: Collected Stories

Theroux, Paul

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ISBN 10: 0670861278 / ISBN 13: 9780670861279
Published by Viking Adult, 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Signed. First Edition. First edition. Flat signed by the author on the title page. Fine copy in fine dust jacket. Though not marked, from the collection of Mel Waggoner, host of the public radio program "Profiles" which interviewed authors. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000093118

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Title: Theroux: Collected Stories

Publisher: Viking Adult

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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More than sixty short stories by the renowned author of My Other Life portray students, diplomats, academics, and other characters in such locales as Africa, Eastern Europe, and Southeast Asia.

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Theroux is nothing if not prolific. His travel books are some of the world's most popular, while his novels, including most recently Kowloon Tong , both please and provoke. And all the time he's been working on his 20-odd books, Theroux has been writing short stories, high-strung tales of intriguing psychological and cultural complexity that reflect his long sojourn in England and his extensive wanderings. This substantial collection of more than 60 compelling stories spans 25 years and represents, as Theroux confides in his edgy introduction, the essence of his "imaginative task as a writer." His stories are also, he declares, "better than me," a poignant conviction rooted in his perpetual loneliness, the force that propelled him to the many locales he so deftly conjures. Theroux's own preference for places where his work as a writer matters little in comparison to his skills as a traveler, hiker, or kayaker is echoed in the psyches of his characters, many of whom feel trapped in their lives, especially their marriages. As Theroux spins tales set in Africa, Boston, China, Corsica, England, India, Patagonia, and Prague, he examines differences in place and perspective, but finds, beneath it all, the same emotional skeleton, the same sense of alienation and melancholia. As flinty as the predicaments he renders are, they manage, under the right conditions, to give off sparks of bright humor and flares of love. Donna Seaman

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