Ucing For Bryson there s never a target too small or big for his juvenile brand of humor6 It s a nice place to visit but I wouldn t want to live there can be place to visit but I wouldn t want to live there can be modified It s a piss hole of a place and I will never set foot there in my lifetime Theroux finds the wonderful and eually dreadful things everywhere sometimes in the same locale7 Books are designed to take you
elsewhere why not transport you to an actual journey through the eyes of a skilled and gifted writer Theroux amuses me why not transport you to an actual journey through the eyes of a skilled and gifted writer Theroux amuses me know that not everyone likes his sarcasm and that he is seemingly never content with where he is but then which great traveler is ever contempt with where he is Isn t that why we travel I find him intelligent and entertaining and because I don t always agree with him he makes me look at the world in a new and interesting ways That he managed to do that when he wrote about Europe my home shows even what a great writer he isThe Pillars of Hercules is everything you could want from a Theroux book Personally I liked The happy Isles of Oceania better but intellectually this is his best bo At his best Theroux is a lovable grump at his worst a poster person for whitepeoplesproblemsAt a certain point eading this book became an ordeal Can someone edit this man pleaseAnd by the way the portuguese saying he uotes near the end uando con Levante chiove las pedras muove isn t portuguese and ather a strange combination of spanish and italian funny he wouldn t notice since he keeps pointing out how fluent he is in italian which made me doubt every single turkish sentence writtenFor all his talk of wanting see eal places and eal people he eally comes into his own surrounded by wealthy excentrics in a luxurious cruise Theroux don t fight it dude You e just a white waspish snobbish man Just embrace it Let me hear those cruise menus again I ll confess from the start that a travel memoir is just not my kind of thing and so I probably started eading this book ather esentfully I just so desperately wanted to be proved wrong Sadly I was not This book delved into the dull minutiae of his trip to the extent that I was simply bored by it The book contained sweeping generalisations about the countries cultures and people he encountered on his travels and there were no great insights that I could glean I suppose now is the time that I admit I only got half way through before getting so annoyed with the man that I threw the book across the oom and declared I could not possibly take any This is just not for me. Ist's eye and his portraits are pleasantly tinged with malice The Washington Post Book WorldTHEROUX AT HIS BEST An armchair trip with Theroux is sometimes dark but always a delight PlayboyAS SATISFYING AS A GLASS OF COOL WINE ON A DUSTY CALABRIAN AFTERNOON With his effortless writing style observant eye and take no prisoners approach Theroux is in top form chronicling this 18 month circuit of the Mediterranean Kirkus Reviews starred evie.
Paul Theroux ë 9 SummaryTing one and that s saying something because the Mediterranean is the most overdone body of water in literature Theroux may be a hater but he s what Hazlitt used to call a good hater his hatred generously makes oom for all kinds of odd passions and sudden sympathies If you eally must travel and personally I think people should stay home and watch CSI Theroux s example is as good as any Reminded myself why I swore off of Theroux s travel books years ago Although I finished this one like the others it was not so much travel as a eport on the four inches between his ears while going to the ports of the Mediterranean Hoped to get a kind of update on many of the same places I had been especially in Turkey and was disappointed to get Theroux s egotistical and misanthropic attitude towards everything My ecommendation avoid his travel books there are vastly palatable travel writers and stick to his fiction which isn t as larded with him This is my fourth Paul Theroux travel book and the first one I am giving 3 stars instead of 4 I had high expectations and it fell somewhat flat Some parts I enjoyed eading but others were
really boring Paul wasn t even sure if he wanted to write this book In his previous travel Why do youboring Paul wasn t even sure if he wanted to write this book In his previous travel Why do you to ead travelogues Jeff1 Between working in the adult film industry and a stint for the Royal Canadian Mounties I traveled extensively as part of my job in international industrial espionage and it s always fun to ead about in international industrial espionage and it s always fun to ead about that I only saw at night while wearing a ski mask Travel tip A wool ski mask is especially difficult in tropical weather2 It s always nice to get a uniue perspective on a time and place Theroux traveled around the Mediterranean in the mid 90 s when Yugoslavia was tearing itself apart but before the current crisis in Syria3 Travel humor is the best Bill Bryson s jabs are usually as subtle as using an anvil to crack a walnut whereas Theroux deftly uses his dry wit like a switchblade in an alley flight4 I like to learn about stuff You e never too old to handle a well lubed metric ton of info dump Theroux traveled from one pillar of Hercules all the way around to the other mixing history literary illusions andom observation and his extensive knowledge of porn to make this one of his better travel books5 Not being much of an asshole it s nice to vicariously live via someone else s assholery Theroux was especially astute in his ability to harass the locals In Syria then under dictator Hafez al Assad this was especially wince ind. E Pillars of Hercules is engrossing and enlightening from start a damning account of tourists annoying the apes of Gibraltar to finish an utterly captivating visit with Paul Bowles in Tangier worth the price of the book all by itself Chicago TribuneENTERTAINING READING WHEN YOU READ THEROUX YOU'RE TRULY ON A TRIP The Boston Sunday GlobeHIS PICARESUE NARRATIVE IS STUDDED WITH SCENES THAT STICK IN THE MIND He looks at strangers with a novel. I m about 13 the way through and yes he is one cranky old man and annoyingly full of himself This isn t anything new but in the past he was also a very good travel writer This alas is no longer trueIn this book he s become lazy He goes from place to place getting on one boat or train after another and interacting only with the people he andomly encounters the proprietor of the he hotel others waiting for transport the lunat I like Theroux I like his grouchy old man act and I like the books not a fan of the novels though This one is entertaining and informative and well written It s also another example of a book written not so long ago at all but which thanks to the Internet gap
Seems To Be From Another World The be from another world the making phone to Honolulu in bars and being amazed at this for example In THE PILLARS OF HERCULES Paul Theroux travels a well trodden path for once and one which has perhaps been excessively omanticized in the past In contrast to many of the other egions of the world in which he has traveled and of which he has written the Mediterranean has a long literary history consisting of native writers and expatriates alike InMuch Of This Bookof this book manages to skirt the most touristed egions of Mediterranea while seeking out the landmarks and icons some living of the literary Mediterranean In some ways THE PILLARS OF HERCULES is substantially different than any other travelogue published by TherouxIn other ways however this book emains true to the Theroux we have always loved or eviled How could it not be Theroux s acerbic pen has not lost its bite and his misanthropic self is as prominent a character in this book as it is in all his others Now however he is treading a sacred path one which for once may have been crossed by a sub Paul Theroux is not a nice man It isn t nice to say that Albanians look etarded It isn t nice to point out that Greece is a welfare case sponging off the EU and milking a cultural legacy it has dishonored with its parochialism And it certainly isn t nice it is in fact downright impolitic and a bit sinister to take such obvious pleasure in despising IsraelisBut nice people as a ule don t write great travel books They write heartwarming tales full of spiritual uplift and multicultural group hugs Niceness complacent undiscriminating niceness is basically sluttish It smiles at stupidity and winks at injustice and consults its own comfort I don t know if The Pillars of Hercules is a great travel book but it s definitely an interes. DAZZLING TimeTHEROUX'S WORK IS DISTINGUISHED BY A SPLENDID EYE FOR DETAIL AND THE TELLING GESTURE; a storyteller's sense of pacing and gift for granting closure to the most subtle progression of events; and the graceful use of language We are delighted along with Theroux by the politeness of the Turks amazed by the mountainous highlands in Syria touched by the gesture of an Albanian waitress who will not let him pay for his modest meal Th. ,