The Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast

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ISBN-13: 9780618658961
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 06/01/2006
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 201,893
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.96(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

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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The Mosquito Coast 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
McFeatherwinks More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book stays with you. I read it in Alaska and passed it around to my friends. We all enjoyed this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kept me intrigued and really pulling for those kids and Mom.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
FredB on LibraryThing 5 hours ago
The main character of this book is Charlie Fox, a 14-year-old boy from upstate Massachusetts. His father Allie uproots the entire family and takes them to remote part of Honduras called the Mosquito Coast. In the jungle, Charlie learns just how crazy his father really is and what lengths he needs to go to to be loyal.I liked the book, but found it to be a bit too long. The plot could be really disjointed at times too.
soylentgreen23 on LibraryThing 17 hours ago
In the father at the heart of 'The Mosquito Coast', Theroux has crafted one of the great characters in modern literature. He is difficult, head-strong, combative, and exceedingly persuasive. He drives his family to both love and loathe him, and he manages to convince many, many people that he is right about things; worse still, he most often is. His downfall is inevitable, but thrilling to discover all the same.
booksbooks11 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I was a bit undecided about this book for a while, it started a bit like a train wreck, you don't want to look away but what you see when you look is a bit disturbing. I thought it may teeter on that line through the book, sometimes funny but always pathetic picture of an eco family escaping the rat race. But I must say the book picks up pace and gradually takes you into the world of a mad man and the people he has under his spell. Wow - what an ending.My main disappointment is the Mother is an intriguing but largely unexplored character, but given the choice to have the teenage son as narrator that would be fair enough. Also the father really had to dominate the book just like he dominated their lives.Thoroughly recommend it!I'm looking forward to renting the video, but I wonder without the internal dialog just how successful it will be, the often farcical plot may dominate explorations of the characters. I also wonder how they could portray the mother without further understanding how the hell she put up with this mad man for so long!
Zmrzlina on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I read this book many years ago and it so captivated me that I read anything I could find by Paul Theroux. I think this book is an exception to Threoux's usual self-absorbed writing (which I love because it really lays bare how a man thinks). It is quite chilling. The blurbs on the book call it an adventure story. I think it is more a novel about ego and idealism run amuck.
Smiley on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Theroux's best novel. How well does the American Dream travel? Especially when you plunk it down in the middle of the new world jungle?
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I go through 3 chapters and I found boring and a bit confusing.
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romarks More than 1 year ago
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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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.