And also so much repetition, at one stage i seriously thought i was rereading a section, but allas. and it continued throughout the book. Over and over. just so much redudant repetition. And then again.
Only finished for the sake of it, but really shouldn't have, was no redeeming ...more
I actually wanted to see more of the assholish rich travelers who were fully outfitted with the protagonist's merchandise--they were supe ...more
The other author who haunts "Blinding Light" is V.S. Naipaul, a one-time friend of Theroux's. Theroux wrote a coruscating book, Sir Vidia's Shadow: A Friendship Across Five Continents, which further ...more
Blinding Light is a fairly savage travelogue that delights in upending the definition of the genre. Theroux cites William Burroughs, infers Aldous Huxley and Carlos Castenada and devotes a useful amount of energy to puncturing the glib fantasies of irretreivable yuppie dot ...more
I love his travel books, and while I don't feel as enthusiastic about "Blinding Light", it is a good book.
It's a story about a writer in the pursuit of, well, writing. Becoming blind via a drug, he suddenly is able to write again, but his writing process takes on a strange, dreamlike quality. And then you wake up.
Erotic, intense, honest, maybe painfully so. I wouldn't know, I'm not a writer, but I guess writing about writing, ...more
Theroux's 26 books should eliminate him as the basis for Blinding Light's blocked protagonist Slade Steadman, yet critics still compare the protagonist and his creator. Theroux and Steadman do share an eye for withering details, an intellectual interest in the nature of sexuality, fame, and the act of creation, and perhaps a taste for self-absorbed prose. Reviewers describe the novel as a Faustian fable and an exploration of the limits of sensuality. Yet the San Francisco Chronicle sees "no over...more
An entertaining & colorful read nonetheless. But I guess if your looking for the usual Theroux book, look elsewhere.
i really liked the first part of this book. towards the second half it started to get both predictable and weird. everything that happened that wasn't predictable was downright weird.