[The Pillars of Hercules A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean] E–pub ë Paul Theroux

The Pillars of Hercules A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean

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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 ast he was also a very good travel writer This alas is no longer trueIn this book he s become lazy He goes from lace to lace getting on one boat or train after another and interacting only with the eople he randomly encounters the roprietor of the he hotel others waiting for transport the lunatics who accost strangers in Tocqueville publiclaces It s as if he s gone work to waiting for transport the lunatics who accost strangers in Rebel Girls publiclaces It s as if he s gone work to on filling this book contract He s signed a contract to write a book where he goes to all these A Treason of Thorns places he s damned if he s going to do anything than he has to when he gets there For example he goes to Robert Graves home on Mallorca but tells the reader almost nothing about Graves who was one of the interesting authors of the 20th century What he does say about Graves is so telegraphic you d have to know a lot about Graves before reading it to understand it He throws off a one liner for example about how Graves threw out his lover and found another White Goddess Theroux doesn t bother to meet with Graves children who were living in the house when he visited either It would be one thing if this was because they had rejected a reuest to meet him but he admits he didn t even bother to contact them LazyNote I did finish it and it got worse Once out of Western Europe Theroux sees what he expects to see applying racial and national stereotypes to everyone he meets based on ahrase or two he overhears or elicits His antisemitism is ervasive and unpleasant and very familiar to anyone who lives and very familiar to anyone who lives Massachusetts and knows eople raised in the class he grew up in What is the most wearing and revealing about the author in this book is the way he continuously excoriates the other foreigners he meets for being tourists while flattering himself that he is a traveler Not once or twice but every few Martha, du nervst!: Von einem anderen Umgang mit Demenz pages The world to Theroux is infested witheople who travel the same laces he goes and enjoy them A lot of them turn out to be Germans who he loathes for reasons he considers so self evident he doesn t share them with the reader Indeed as far as I ve read he s just left Croatia he s never actually brought any Germans to life with his en but dozens of times he s used the term German in the same kind of tone most travelers save for bedbugs In short the once Zeugen aus der Todeszone perceptive Theroux has become lazy and traveling has become a distastefulursuit he must follow to earn the very comfortable living that lets him spend the rest of his time in Hawaii basking in his fame 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 author making hone calls to Honolulu in bars and being amazed at this for example In THE PILLARS OF HERCULES Paul Theroux travels a well trodden ath for once and one which has The Transformation of Intergovernmental Satellite Organisations: Policy and Legal Perspectives perhaps been excessively romanticized in theast In contrast to many of the other regions 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 In much of this book Theroux manages to skirt the most touristed regions 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 ublished by TherouxIn other ways however this book remains true to the Theroux we have always loved or reviled How could it not be Theroux s acerbic en has not lost its bite and his misanthropic Theroux s acerbic Dervishes and Islam in Bosnia: Sufi Dimensions to the Formation of Bosnian Muslim Society pen has not lost its bite and his misanthropic is asrominent a character in this book as it is in all his others Now however he is tread. DAZZLING TimeTHEROUX'S WORK IS DISTINGUISHED BY A SPLENDID EYE FOR DETAIL AND THE TELLING GESTURE; a storyteller's sense of Sugar in the Social Life of Medieval Islam pacing and gift for granting closure to the most subtlerogression of events; and the graceful use of language We are delighted along with Theroux by the A New Kind of Public: Community, Solidarity, and Political Economy in New Deal Cinema, 1935-1948 politeness of the Turks amazed by the mountainous highlands in Syria touched by the gesture of an Albanian waitress who will not let himay for his modest meal Th. ,

Ing a sacred ath one which for once may have been crossed by a substantial number of his readersBeginning in Gibraltar Theroux s Eumenes of Cardia: A Greek Among Macedonians plan is to circumnavigate the Mediterranean while remaining as close to the water s edge asossible The The Battle of Borodino: Napoleon Against Kutuzov plan to stay within sight of the water sometimes causes Theroux orerhaps it rovides the excuse he needs to miss some of "the opular locations of the Grand Tour yet it keeps him close " popular locations of the Grand Tour yet it keeps him close those who make their livelihoods at the shores of the great sea In one of the most traveled regions on earth Theroux manages to find those out of the way The Polemical Works of Al Al- Abar places not gemserhaps but surprisingly untouched by the tourist trade where we can really experience a sense of A Companion to Vittoria Colonna place and of cultureTHE PILLARS OF HERCULES ends up being a deeply satisfying work for those who love to travel in a vagabond manner thougherhaps not for those whose travels consist of ackaged tours and managed activity schedules and erhaps not as well for those La Partera: Story of a Midwife possessed of eternally sunny dispositions Whatever your travelreference I would strongly recommend this book to anyone ondering a Mediterranean vacation There is bound to be something interesting or entertaining here for anyone Paul Theroux is not a nice man It isn t nice to say that Albanians look retarded It isn t nice to oint out that Greece is a welfare case sponging off the EU and milking a cultural legacy it has dishonored with its arochialism And it certainly isn t nice it is in fact downright impolitic and a bit sinister to take such obvious leasure in despising IsraelisBut nice Reduced Laughter: Seriocomic Features and Their Functions in the Book of Kings people as a rule 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 interesting 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 room for all kinds of oddassions and sudden sympathies If you really must travel and This Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Life personally I thinkeople should stay home and watch CSI Theroux s example is as good as any Reminded myself why I swore off Theroux s travel books years ago Although I finished this one like the others was not so much travel as a report on the four inches between his ears while going to the Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 27 ports of the Mediterranean Hoped to get a kind of update on many of the samelaces I had been especially in Turkey and was disappointed to get Theroux s egotistical and misanthropic attitude towards everything My recommendation avoid his travel books there are vastly alatable 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 arts I enjoyed reading but others were really boring Paul wasn t even sure if he wanted to write this book In his revious travel books I enjoyed his journey through the Polynesian islands taking the railway from Boston across Latin America all the way down to Patagonia and his train journeys through China This time he travels along the Mediterranean coast skipping Lebanon Libya and Algeria a region which he said he had never set foot on but read a lot about His journey begins in Gibraltar and he travels along the coast of Spain and France to Mallorca Corsica Sardinia and Sicily Then he continues along the coast of Italy Slovenia and Croatia In the eastern Mediterranean his trip becomes a bit chaotic and he often has to trace his way back to Italy in order to reach other laces The Yugoslavian War is waging during that time ea. 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 rice 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.
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Rly nin Why do you Bother To Read Travelogues Jeff1 to read travelogues Jeff1 working in the adult film industry and a stint for the Royal Canadian Mounties I TRAVELED EXTENSIVELY AS PART OF traveled extensively as art of job in international industrial espionage and it s always fun to read about Zheng Guogu places 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 uniueerspective on a time and lace 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 re never too old to handle a well lubed metric ton of info dump Theroux traveled from one illar of Hercules all the way around to the other mixing history literary illusions random observation and his extensive knowledge of Frںuhzeit Des Ostslaventums 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 inducing For Bryson there s never a target too small or big for his juvenile brand of humor6 It s a nicelace to visit but I wouldn t want to live there can be modified to It s a Forbidden Knowledge piss hole of alace 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 I 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 book so far I hope his new one is released soon At his best Theroux is a lovable grump at his worst a Whose Life Is It Anyway?: Living through your 20s on your own terms postererson for whitepeoplesproblemsAt a certain The Rumsfeld Way: The Leadership Wisdom of a Battle-Hardened Maverick point reading this book became an ordeal Can someone edit this manleaseAnd by the way the
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saying he near the end uando con Levante chiove las edras muove isn t ortuguese and rather a strange combination of spanish and italian funny he wouldn t notice since he keeps Option Writing Strategies for Extraordinary Returns pointing out how fluent he is in italian which made me doubt every single turkish sentence writtenFor all his talk of wanting see reallaces and real eople he really comes into his own surrounded by wealthy excentrics in a luxurious cruise Theroux don t fight it dude You re 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 robably started reading this book rather resentfully I just so desperately wanted to be roved 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 eople 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 room and declared I could not Genocide of One possibly take any This is just not for me. Ist's eye and hisortraits are Nintendo Wii Flash Game Creator's Guide: Design, Develop, and Share Your Games Online 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 norisoners approach Theroux is in top form chronicling this 18 month circuit of the Mediterranean Kirkus Reviews starred revie. ,