Figures in a Landscape: People and Places

by Paul Theroux

Available 05/08/2018

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

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780544870307
  • ISBN-10: 0544870301
  • Pages: 400
  • Publication Date: 05/08/2018
  • Carton Quantity: 12
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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 reader 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. 

     

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