Figures in a Landscape: People and Places

Figures in a Landscape: People and Places by Paul Theroux 1328592782 9781328592781
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"A portrait of an optimist with curiosity and affection for humanity in all its forms."--The New York Times Book Review

"Theroux is at the top of his game with his third collection of essays, a magisterial grouping of intimate remembrances, globe-trotting adventures, and incisive literary critiques."--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"Therouxs observations are so keen and writerly skills so sharp that he butter-slices narratives with a razor-thin surgeons scalpel, masterfully serving up both the worlds dark underbelly and its gloriously uplifting sustenance of love, longing and wonder-lust." --Forbes

Paul Therouxs latest collection of essays applies his signature searching curiosity to a life lived as much in reading as on the road. This writerly tour-de-force features a satisfyingly varied selection of topics. Travel essays take us to Ecuador, Zimbabwe, and Hawaii, to name a few. Gems of literary criticism reveal fascinating depth in the work of Henry David Thoreau, Muriel Spark, Joseph Conrad, and Hunter Thompson. And in a series of breathtakingly personal profiles, we take a helicopter ride with Elizabeth Taylor, go diagnosing with Oliver Sacks, eavesdrop on the day-to-day life of a Manhattan dominatrix, and explore New York with Robin Williams.

An extended meditation on the craft of writing binds together this wide-ranging collection, along with Therouxs constant quest for the authentic in a person or in a place.

Author: Paul Theroux

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 416

Publisher: Eamon Dolan/Mariner Books

Publication Date: 2019-05-14


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