The Lower River
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In Theroux’s latest novel, sixty-two year old businessman, Ellis Hock, embarks on a pilgrimage. Scorned by his wife and spurne...more
Stuggling to finish this one. I probably will, but it just isn't holding my interest very well at this point.
So far, this does NOT make me want to go back to Malawi. A Malawi with whole new forms of corruption.....but hearing place names does bring to mind so many people--all of whom are likely dead. That part is very sad.
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Ellis Hock was a compelling enough character in the beginning. Characters approaching old age seem to seldom get the starring role in contemporary novels, so I though it refreshing that we'd get to s...more
This is a story of lost youth and the impossibility of reconnecting with the dreams of those times. Ellis Hock is a 60-ish haberdasher who finds himself suddenly alone. His wife divorces him after finding incriminatingly intimate emails on his iPhone; his daughter is an estranged brat, and his multi-generational downtown store falls victim...more
Ellis Hock never believed that he would return to Africa. He runs an old-fashioned menswear store in a small town in Massachusetts but still dreams of his Eden, the four years he spent in Malawi with the Peace Corps, cut short when he had to return to take over the family business. When his wife leaves him, and he is on his own, he realizes that there is one place for him to go: back to his village in Malawi, on the remote Lower River, where he can be happy again.
Arriving at the dusty village,
How depressing it is to read of his folly of thinking he could return to the very boondocks of where he had been then and find that people are leading a more hardscr...more
It could just be me. The protagonist is an old guy (10 years older than me), and I can relate. After he loses his wife & daughter to estrangement, he decides to go back to where he was happy. I found enthralling the relationship between the foreigner and the inhabitants of any third world country, in this case, in Africa. It was reall...more
The conceit here is that a man well into middle-age sees his marriage and business fall apart and decides to reunite with his past as a Peace Corps volunteer....more
Arriving at the worn-out village, he finds it transformed: the school he built is a ruin, the church and clinic are gone, and poverty and apathy have set in among th...more
Ellis Hock is a 60-ish man whose life has come undone. His wife divorces him and his once-successful, now-failing men's clothing store is finally shuttered for good. His happiest memories being from the years he spent as a young man as an aid worker in a remote african vi...more
For those who enjoy Theroux, his latest novel does not disappoint. In fact, it soars.
Once again, we are treated to an anti-hero who is forced to meet his overblown...more
There is a lot of good writing in this book - that's a given from Theroux. He continually shines an unfaltering, light of truth...more
One of our greatest chroniclers in fact and in fiction of Americans living abroad, Paul Theroux returns in this beguiling, compelling, 21st Century version of Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness", weaving a most fascinating tale of an old American man struggling to reclaim the past glories of his youth as a Peace Corps teacher in a tropical Eden he once knew; a remote Malawi village. Basing the prior African history of his pro...more