The Mosquito Coast

The Mosquito Coast

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By (author) Paul Theroux

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 28mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 1 April 1996
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140060898
  • ISBN 13: 9780140060898
  • Sales rank: 47,289

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"The Mosquito Coast" - winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize - is a breathtaking novel about fanaticism and a futile search for utopia from bestseller Paul Theroux. Allie Fox is going to re-create the world. Abominating the cops, crooks, junkies and scavengers of modern America, he abandons civilisation and takes the family to live in the Honduran jungle. There his tortured, messianic genius keeps them alive, his hoarse tirades harrying them through a diseased and dirty Eden towards unimaginable darkness. "Stunning...exciting, intelligent, meticulously realised, artful". (Victoria Glendinning, "Sunday Times"). "An epic of paranoid obsession that swirls the reader headlong to deposit him on a black mudbank of horror". (Christopher Wordsworth, "Guardian"). "Magnificently stimulating and exciting". (Anthony Burgess). American travel writer Paul Theroux is known for the rich descriptions of people and places that is often streaked with his distinctive sense of irony; his novels and collected short stories, "My Other Life", "The Collected Stories", "My Secret History", "The Lower River", "The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro", "A Dead Hand", "Millroy the Magician", "The Elephanta Suite", "Saint Jack", "The Consul's File", "The Family Arsenal", and his works of non-fiction, including the iconic "The Great Railway Bazaar" are available from Penguin.

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Paul Theroux was born in Medford, Massachusetts, in 1941, and published his first novel, Waldo, in 1967. His subsequent novels include Picture Palace, winner of the Whitbread Prize for Fiction, The Mosquito Coast, and the hugely acclaimed, Kowloon Tong. His travel books include The Great Railway Bazaar and The Pillars of Hercules.

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Allie Fox is allergic to the whole big, bad consumerist mess that constitutes the late 20th century so he abandons modern America, dragging his family to the depths of the Honduran jungle to escape. His inventiveness and know-it-all arrogance enable him to carve out his own vision of self-sufficiency from the jungle, creating an ice-making plant to amaze the natives. He ignores the power and blind cruelty of nature, creating his own disaster while the jungle reclaims what it had lost. This won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and was made into a film in 1986 by Pete Weir. (Kirkus UK)