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A delectable collection of Theroux's recent writing on great places, people, and prose 

In the spirit of his much-loved Sunrise with Seamonsters and Fresh Air Fiend, Paul Theroux's latest collection of essays leads the listener through a dazzling array of sights, characters, and experiences, as Theroux applies his signature searching curiosity to a life lived as much in reading as on the road. This writerly tour-de-force features a satisfyingly varied selection of topics that showcase Theroux's sheer versatility as a writer. Travel essays take us to Ecuador, Zimbabwe, and Hawaii, to name a few. Gems of literary criticism reveal fascinating depth in the work of Henry David Thoreau, Graham Greene, Joseph Conrad, and Hunter Thompson. And in a series of breathtakingly personal profiles, we take a helicopter ride with Elizabeth Taylor, go surfing with Oliver Sacks, eavesdrop on the day-to-day life of a Manhattan dominatrix, and explore New York with Robin Williams. 

An extended mediation on the craft of writing binds together this wide-ranging collection, along with Theroux's constant quest for the authentic in a person or in a place.

©2018 Paul Theroux (P)2018 Recorded Books

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  • Mythos99
  • Park City, KS United States
  • 06-18-18

Excellent read...

The many short stories are fascinating to listen too. In many cases, one gets the background behind many of the authors numerous travel books. Including a fascinating, honest critique of his own work, plus many additional stories. Narration was ok. I will listen to this again.