The Mosquito Coast
In a breathtaking adventure story, the paranoid and brilliant inventor Allie Fox takes his family to live in the Honduran jungle, determined to build a civilization better than the one they've left. Fleeing from an America he sees as mired in materialism and conformity, he hopes to rediscover a purer life. But his utopian experiment takes a dark turn when his obsessions le...more
Whether this is the failure of the author or the reader is beyond me, but it is enough to drop this book out of my true favorites (and it was one of my favouri ...more
Hell is - the other people .
But really ?
When everything’s going wrong one may like Zorba tell “that’s nothing to worry about “ or like Scarlett “I’ll think of it tomorrow “ or jack everything in and set off to look for promise land. And so Allie does .
Allie Fox , handyman and gifted inventor , disappointed with America, disgusted with consumer ,corporate or whatsoever lifestyle , out of the blue , packs his family and set off to Honduran jungle .
But let’s not be mislead by this idyllic picture. ...more
This story evolves around a man who is ...more
"It sank [an outboard engine:] into the weeds and began bleeding rainbows."
"The howler monkeys were drumming in the thunder rumble across the black lagoon, and the rains boom and crackle made a deep cave of the earth and filled the sky with ...more
Paul Theroux wrote a classic book on heading for parts remote with spiritual ...more
Well, that was my review the first time I read it. Now, after a reread some 20 years later, I wonder why I didn't pick up on what was really going on with the father. This time it was clear to me, and gave the book, despite its comedic moments, a sense of ever-increasing dread.
Re-reading . . . how do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love the guaranteed happiness (how often does one get that?); I love meeting old friends and familiar enemies; and oh, how I love the anticipation of coloring in the faintly remembered.
Truly-addicted readers have books to which they repeatedly return; we become so entranced by an author’s words we even hope (in bouts of the truest example of suspension of disbelief) that perhaps this time, if we read very slowly, or very carefully, o ...more
I don't know whether it was the characters that I hated or just the whole storyline, but all I know was that I was glad when his boat house sank...?? Did it sink?? Or did the son shoot the father or am ...more
This is a story of a brilliant but mentally ill man. He has a genius for mechanics and invention, but he is sure that the United States has become a destroyed society destined for war. He states a lot of current political truths and feelings but magnified into a paranoia that results in him taking his family (wife ...more
I always tell my wife that I want to sell everything and move to Australia, raise sheep, and live the simple life. This novel made me reconsider my dream. In America we love to romanticize the s ...more
When I read this book many years ago, I was convinced Theroux was the new great writer. His use of symbolism and foreshadowing is marvelously well-done: smooth, simply a part of the story-telling until one stops to examine it. His story-telling is superb, his characterization beautifully (and at times painfully) real, and his message timely even today. Though I have read nothing e ...more
While Charlie's father, Allie, is proud of the fact that he has never spanked his children or struck them in anger, he bullies the e ...more
My biggest gripe with this book is that I never felt any connection to the main characters. They were one-dimensional and completely non-descript except for possibly the father. By the time I finally formed an opinion about one of them though, I was trudging my way thro ...more
Allie Fox is best described as a cult leader, but his followers are merely his wife and his four children. The story is narrated by Charlie, who at 14 is his oldest child, and begins with the family living on an a ...more
Not that anyone in his family knows where they are going - Father makes them leave everything in their snug house and puts them on a boat where they find out their destination from the other passengers.
Father doesn't believe in school education. Father thinks the best place for his family is in the middle of nowhere, building their own s ...more
Theroux succeeds because he touches familiar chords. Allie Fox's attitud ...more