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Troy Parfitt

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Having read all of Theroux’s travel books (besides The Tao of travel, a volume he mainly compiled), I am now making my way through his novels. I would classify this one, Saint Jack, as just fair. Though better than his debut, Waldo, it is nowhere near My Secret History. Saint Jack is an early Theroux effort and unfortunately it shows.

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Why China Will Never Rule the World, Ch. 12 (Travel)
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Description: From Why China Will Never Rule the World, this chapter is about a float down the Yangtze River.

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Apart from a fondness for iron bridges, the belief that cricket is exciting, and the mistaken view that the Chinese have a curse which goes 'may you live in interesting times' (there is no such phrase in Chinese), this is a cracking good book. It's w ...more
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Default, Anjo Bordell’s debut novel, is a roman-a-clef which fictionalizes, thinly we suspect, his stint in the US Marines and his post-Marine life in Shanghai. The story begins in Shanghai, in the present, in a way you might expect an expat-China-ya ...more
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A fan of Can Lit, I’d never read Farley Mowat and had heard, in my youth, he was a fabricator and a wing bag, but, well, Canada can be pretty parochial. I’d scanned Mowat’s works in used-book stores, and thought he could write, but there was somethin ...more
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I should preface by saying I don’t usually read books like The Hunger Games, and when I saw the series getting whole-shelf treatment in bookstores I sniffed derisively and assumed the volumes represented a trilogy of teen trash. I usually read stuff ...more
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" Living in Scotland, I got homesick for Maritime Canada and went to Blackwell’s to see if they had any books by David Adams Richards. They had one, in ...more "
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I don't usually read true crime, but because In Cold Blood is famous, and because I watched the movie Capote, and it made the author look like an uncaring, self-obsessed, egomaniac (or a typical writer, in other words), I thought I'd give this book a ...more
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