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Abominating the cops, crooks, scavengers and funny-bunnies of the twentieth century, he abandons civilization and takes the family to live in the Honduran jungle. There his tortured, quixotic genius keeps them alive, his hoarse tirades harrying them through a diseased and dirty Eden towards unimaginable darkness and terror.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140060898
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 384
  • Lexile: 720L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.96 (w) x 7.76 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Theroux

PAUL THEROUX's highly acclaimed novels include Blinding Light, Hotel Honolulu, My Other Life, Kowloon Tong, and The Mosquito Coast. His travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Dark Star Safari, Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, and The Happy Isles of Oceania . He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2005

    Loved it!

    I picked this book up for 25 cents at the library book sale and have not been able to put it down. I think I originally picked it up because it had Harrison Ford on the cover. The writing is original, darkly humorous, and so fresh (despite being an older book). I would absolutely recommend this book!

    12 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2008

    Bipolar Expedition

    I loved this book. It's a compelling story and an adept example of bipolar disorder yet does not veer off the path into theory or nauseating sentiment. Dark and tragic and at times inspiring. This is one of my favorite books

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2003

    This is the most entertaining novel I have ever read.

    It is full of adventure, irony and dark humor. It's like a Mark Twain novel for adults. The only thing I didn't like was that it had no ending--except for the protagonist. There should have been a follow up novel about the wife starting her own town somewhere and using what she learned to be successful at it.

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2004

    Rugged Ideals

    This book stays with you. I read it in Alaska and passed it around to my friends. We all enjoyed this one.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2003

    More then just a book

    It is only in a few instances where a book has affected me so profoundly. Here is a story with a somewhat reproachable philosophy, but a philosophy that I empathize with; Allie Fox sets out with his loyal family to start anew in the savage ridden coast of Honduras. It is here that life becomes a stage for great triumphs of ingenuity and human compassion, and also great tragedy. It is with this book that I listened, as did Charlie, to the constant discourse of his father, and felt the love and the eventual hate that he felt. Allie Fox was truly the modern day tragic figure set up to fail even in the very beginning. If only some of today's parents had the audacity to take their children away from their programmed lifestyles and actually learn about people and nature and socialization instead of preordained history taught to the blank faced TV generation waiting to race home to their playstations. Of coarse you can't play god or make ice in the jungle or lead your family against the river current to their ultimate doom (or salvation depending on how you look at it), but what other option did he really have? Was he to regress? Ultimately it was selfishness that drove him, and perhaps this overshadowed his philosophy, making it safe for us to think of his speeches as the rhetoric of a crazy man where as it should have acted as a reminder and wake-up call to the reader that we live in a society of banality, and boldness should not be shunned or disregarded.

    6 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2001

    A Great and Ironic Book

    This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. Allie Fox portrays the man that everyone fears and admires. The ending is full of irony and very entertaining to read. This is a wonderful book that will screw with your mind weeks after you read it. I recomend it to anyone who has ever gotten fed up and wanted a vacation, possibly permenantly.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2001

    Better than the movie...

    This Theroux novel will perhaps one day be considered a classic...well written and amusing and Allie Fox, the main character/protagonist is wonderfully written as the quintisential pisser/moaner-idealist who just can't get it right. This is just the book if you want to begin exploring Paul Theroux's fiction.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2012

    Well written!

    A very well written book, rich in imagery telling the tale of a man somewhat like someone we all know. This was my first reading of a Paul Theroux work, but it will not be my last!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Very interesting reading.

    Kept me intrigued and really pulling for those kids and Mom.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Do Not Recommend

    I kept hoping as I read this book that it would get better, but it never did. The only thing that was mildly interesting were the descriptions of the people and countryside. Not worth the time it took to read it.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    Good book.

    The adventure of reading this book goes far beyond the bind. The author handles the perspective of the boy through which he conveys this story so well, I had a difficult time believing it was a fictitious tale. I will read more by this author, but have set him down for the moment for some brighter reads.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    Excellent! Written from the point of view of a 14 year old boy,

    Excellent! Written from the point of view of a 14 year old boy, so the writing is not what one would normally call a classic, but the book definitely is. It is one of those books you will remember for years to come!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Dads favorite book

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Could not finish.

    I go through 3 chapters and I found boring and a bit confusing.

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    A pretty good all around read. Sometimes I find Theroux writing

    A pretty good all around read. Sometimes I find Theroux writing a bit tedious but he kept me pretty enthralled with this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    Great read

    If you're willing to step into the mind of a mentally ill person as they not only spiral out but take their family with them this may be the book for you. Well-written, it draws out emotions of fear, anger and then ultimately determination and relief.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Good fiction

    Gf

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    You will not be disappointed.

    I am not one to write reviews on anything but this book was good enough for me to recommend. I really enjoyed seeing the character development of Allie Fox throughout the book. The writer's portrayal of his growing paranoia was very well done. At certain points in the book I found myself wanting to reach through the book and strangle Allie myself so that the family could have some peace. This book was a daily deal and I am so glad I took advantage of the offer.

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