The Collected Stories

The Collected Stories

Book - 1998
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Written over a period of twenty-five years, the more than sixty stories in this volume are funny and sardonic, sensuous and evocative, streaked with terror and cruelty. Richly varied in tone and subject-ghost story, murder mystery, sexual farce, political satire, culture-clash parable-all glow with Paul Theroux's intelligence, elegance, and ironic wit; with his marvelous sense of place; with his ear for dialogue; and with his tragicomic vision.Theroux's canvas stretches from London to South-east Asia, Boston to Paris, Africa to Eastern Europe, Moscow to the tropics. He portrays colonials, emigres, diplomats, students, would-be writers, academics, and children. Many are trapped in alien situations or loveless relationships, or are overwhelmed by larger cultural tremors. Full of suspense and the unexpected, this first major retrospective of Theroux's short fiction is "a welcomed second chance to read some of his best work" and confirms his reputation as "an irresistible storyteller" (Chicago Tribune).
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1998, c1997.
ISBN: 9780140274943
Branch Call Number: FIC/Thero 3583uc 1
Characteristics: x, 660 p.


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Sep 30, 2013

old-fashioned toe to many of the stories. Most were enjoyable; some were a trial to finish. A good source of 'snapshots' of a certain class of a certain era. Martinis and diplomats during the Cold War.

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