Blinding Light: A Novel

Blinding Light: A Novel

by Paul Theroux
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Blinding Light: A Novel by Paul Theroux

Slade Steadman's lone opus, published twenty years ago, was Trespassing, a cult classic about his travels through dozens of countries without benefit of passport. With his soon-to-be-ex-girlfriend Ava in tow, Steadman sets out for Ecuador’s jungle in search of a rare hallucinogenic drug and the cure for his writer’s block. Amid a gang of thrill-seeking tourists, he finds his drug and his inspiration but is beset with an unnerving side effect—periodic blindness. His world is altered profoundly: Ava stays by his side, he writes an erotic, autobiographical novel with the drug serving as muse, and he returns to stardom.
Steadman becomes addicted to the drug and the insights it provides, only to have them desert him, along with his sight. Will he regain his vision? His visions? Or will he forgo the world of his imagining and his ambition?
As Theroux leads us toward the answers, he makes fresh magic out of the venerable intertwined themes of sight and insight. He also offers incisive, sometimes hilarious takes on the manifold ironies of travel, of trespass and trangession, and of the trappings of the writer’s life—from the fear of the blank page to the unexpected challenges of the book tour.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544056879
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/12/2012
Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 527,935
File size: 509 KB

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 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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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...