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The Great Railway Bazaar
The Old Patagonian Express
The Kingdom By The Sea
Sailing Through China
Sunrise With Seamonsters
The Imperial Way
Riding The Iron Rooster
To The Ends Of The Earth
The Happy Isles Of Oceania
The Pillars Of Hercules
Sir Vidia's Shadow
Fresh Air Fiend
Best American Travel Writing
Dark Star Safari
Ghost Train to the Eastern Star
The Tao of Travel
The Last Train to Zona Verde
Best American Travel Writing 2014

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Murder In Mount Holly
Girls At Play
Jungle Lovers
Sinning With Annie
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The Family Arsenal
The Consul's File
Picture Palace
A Christmas Card
London Snow
World's End
The Mosquito Coast
The London Embassy
Half Moon Street
O-zone
The White Mans Burden
My Secret History
Chicago Loop
Millroy The Magician
My Other Life
Kowloon Tong
The Collected Short Novels
Hotel Honolulu
Nurse Wolf And Dr. Sacks
Stranger At The Palazzo D'Oro
Two Stars
Blinding Light
The Elephanta Suite
A Dead Hand
The Lower River
Mr. Bones

 
 

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World's End

Book Description
London, Paris, Germany, Africa, provincial Holland, the worlds of Corsica and Puerto Rico. There are as many moods represented, from the good host and careerist in “Algebra” to the haunted heroes and heroines in “Zombies” and “World’s End.”

Most of the people are transplanted or have tried to graft themselves onto a new culture, and they struggle against the odds to maintain their humor, to write, to fall in love or keep their marriages intact. Michael Insole, in “Algebra,” wants to cook meals for famous people; Professor Bloodworth, in “The Odd-Job Man,” is making a raid, for the purposes of scholarship, on a distinguished poet. In “Words Are Deeds,” Sheldrick glimpses a pretty woman in a restaurant and sets out to marry her; Mr. Hand, in “The Imperial Icehouse,” wants nothing more than to transport a shipment of ice from one side of a West Indian Island to the other.

The novella-length “Greenest Island” is the story of two young castaways discovering adulthood and the delusions of romance on a tropical island, “Acknowledgments” and “Yard Sale” are short comic sketches and yet offer variations on Theroux’s theme: the undoing of innocents abroad, as farce, as tragedy, and -- in the frightener, “White Lies” -- as a ghost story.

John Haase in the Los Angeles Times speaks of Theroux as having “the eye of A. J. Liebling, the nose of Durrell, and almost the literary scope of Edmund Wilson. His metaphors and similes are like rare-cut diamonds.”

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Publisher :
Penguin Books

Original Publish Date :
1980

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