Hotel Honolulu

Hotel Honolulu by Paul Theroux 0618095012 9780618095018
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Welcome to the Hotel Honolulu, a down-at-the-heels tourist place thats two blocks from the beach on a back street in Waikiki, where middle America stays and dreams. Like the Canterbury pilgrims, every guest in this eighty-room hotel has come in search of something - sun, love, happiness, unnamable longing - and everyone has a story. Honeymooners, vacationers, wanderers, mythomaniacs, soldiers, and families all land at the Hotel Honolulu. But the hotel is as suited to being a crime scene as a love nest. Fortunately, our keen-eyed narrator, a writer down on his luck, is there to relate all the comings and goings. Hes lost money, friends, house, and family, and he has no experience running a hotel. But all that doesnt stop Buddy, the bloated, boozy hotel owner - the last of a dying breed - from signing him on as manager. It isnt long before the hotel expands to encompass the narrators whole world. His original plan of escape from a life of the mind becomes something altogether different: a way to return to the world he left, the world of imagined life. No one but Paul Theroux could write this romp of a book, with its acutely drawn characters and canny insights into a place that is often viewed as a simple island paradise. In this unforgettable novel, Theroux shows us a funny, languid, louche floating world, island style. This is the essence of Hawaii as it has never been depicted, and it is also the heart of America.

Author: Paul Theroux

Language: English

Edition: None

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 432

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Publication Date: 2001-05-01


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