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Fresh Air Fiend | [Paul Theroux]

Fresh Air Fiend

In Fresh Air Fiend, Theroux's pen serves him well with astute, lively pieces that stray far beyond simple "travel essays" and reveal his self-inflicted lifestyle of compulsive travel, writing, and alienation. In this collection, there's a strong autobiographical streak, as well as historical perspectives and a sardonic view on aging. "One of the more bewildering aspects of growing older," he writes in "'Memory and Creation,'" "is that people constantly remind you of things that never happened."
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In Fresh Air Fiend, Theroux's pen serves him well with astute, lively pieces that stray far beyond simple "travel essays" and reveal his self-inflicted lifestyle of compulsive travel, writing, and alienation. In this collection--containing mostly previously published magazine pieces written over the past 15 years--there's a strong autobiographical streak, as well as historical perspectives and a sardonic view on aging. "One of the more bewildering aspects of growing older," he writes in "'Memory and Creation,'" "is that people constantly remind you of things that never happened."

©2007 Christine Feehan; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC.

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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

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    The banter of Theroux's love for the water and his courageous sense of adventure really grabbed me.I have often found riding kayaks relaxing and excellent exersize also.The writer and his quest to find extraordinary places that are unconventional and charecterize them with descriptive and personal information is sometimes even better than being there.His commentaries on politics are also welcoming,since his views are equally unconventional.As a man who has travel many parts of the known world he provides an intresting perspective on how the whole thing really works.The fact that he takes his time and uses ordinary transportation puts him in touch with the local peoples true lives and makes me realize that life isn't about racing head long in search of things,but stopping to savor the moments we have before us.

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