This riveting tale from critically acclaimed author Paul Theroux inspired a powerful motion picture and is considered a modern masterpiece. Allie Fox is a brilliant inventor. He’s also a deeply paranoid man who is disenchanted with American materialism and conformity. Abandoning his old life, he believes he can build a better existence for his family in the Honduran jungle. But Allie’s utopian ideals are more easily imagined than realized, and soon his dark obsessions lead his family down an extremely angerous path.
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I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile
An American inventor fed up with modern life moves his family to Honduras. They buy an island and attempt to spread modernity by building a massive ice making machine in the jungle. Some pirates come and their fancy machine not only kills them when it explodes, but also contaminates their island. The family flees with what little they have and starts again, but too close to the sea. Anticipating this the father builds their house to be like and arc,which is necessary when the rainy season finally takes them out to sea. They drift into a missionaries camp, some friends from their passage to Honduras, and the father again does something foolish. This was pretty good and was even made into a movie, but the movie lacked the details. This is one of Theroux's better fictional works.It made me think that perhaps modernity is sometimes a dangerous thing and some places should never be modern.
His performance particularly with the lines of Allie Fox is chilling, almost scary.
I haven't seen the movie, but after this great narrator performance I'm not sure if I even want to spoil it.
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