Blinding Light

Blinding Light

by Paul Theroux


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From the New York Times best-selling author Paul Theroux, Blinding Light is a slyly satirical novel of manners and mind expansion. Slade Steadman, a writer who has lost his chops, sets out for the Ecuadorian jungle with his ex-girlfriend in search of inspiration and a rare hallucinogen. The drug, once found, heightens both his powers of perception and his libido, but it also leaves him with an unfortunate side effect: periodic blindness. Unable to resist the insights that enable him to write again, Steadman spends the next year of his life in thrall to his psychedelic muse and his erotic fantasies, with consequences that are both ecstatic and disastrous.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780618711963
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/01/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 450
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.12(d)

About the Author

PAUL THEROUX is the author of many highly acclaimed books. His novels include The Lower River and The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and Dark Star Safari. He lives in Hawaii and Cape Cod.

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Blinding Light 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
sabreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is my third Theroux book (others I've read: Mosquito Coast, At Play in the Fields) and it's a different kind of book than the others. There are some overlaps: American goes to amazonian jungle, mystical drug experience with shaman. But it's a much more internal, introspective and psychological book than the others, focused on the main character -- Slade, a writer -- from an internal point of view.The book starts out with scenes of Slade, a travel writer who, through the popularity of his best-selling book and related lines of "adventure" clothing and accessories, is experiencing a hell of his own devising. Theroux's sketches of Slade's fellow travellers are so on-target that I had to laugh out loud a number of times. But Theroux then veers off into other territory.The parallels in the book between the main character (Slade) and Bill Clinton are revealing. The lie that is at the heart of Slade's recent best-seller comes back to haunt him, in more ways than one.In this book, as in his others, Theroux proves a master of subtle description. As he is describing people and places they vividly come alive. His descriptions of Manfred, the German journalist/ethnobotanist, are especially sharp, and I can only imagine that Theroux has known people like Manfred in close quarters.I have to say I enjoyed the other books more, though this one was compelling and I had a hard time putting it down.
captom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Unusual novel with a mysterious spider and it goes full circle.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
The novel is very well written with great dialogue, and it should be recommended to many readers who are interested in reading about men or women who are in exploration for inspiration. It is great as it possesses thrill seeking characters who have many spontaneous occurences involving their sexual desires.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adolescent fantasy. Purple prose. Repetitious. Unbelievable grandiosity. Ultimately boring. NOT recommended...