The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro
That said, Theroux's sense of place is vivid - be ...more
Hamish Hamilton Books
Paul Theroux creates highly evocative ambience in each of the six tales in his collection, The Stranger at the Palazzo D'Oro. In the title story, about bored wealthy tourists in an Italian seaside resort of the early sixties, we follow an older man revisiting his past, comprehending finally the events of forty years earlier. The tale's end alleviated my discomfort, but be ready for the S&M slant.
The ensuing set of three tales ...more
The book is actually made of some short stories that make you go deeper and deeper into some kind of dance with the same theme, but different characters.
I will not talk about the characters because I would not have something really intriguing to say about them, but I will let some words to speak for themselves about this book.
Is one of those books that you read because you leave on the road and you cannot get yourself out of the book because even though you realise that every single n ...more
Fans of Theroux's previous 24 books will be no strangers to the sex, suspense, and eroticism peppered throughout this collection. As middle age passes him by, Theroux seems ever more fascinated by men's obvious weaknesses, displayed here in all their follies. Critics suggest an autobiographical element to these stories, which draw inspiration from familiar Therouxian territory. His stylistic range is amazing, and, as always, he writes pitch-perfect dialogue. It's the stories that raise questions...more
Do you find her attractive?
I had to admit that I did. She was pretty in a brittle old-fashioned way. She was chic, she was demanding. Yes, she was much older than me— I could not tell how much; thirty-five, perhaps— and I was twenty-one. Be strangely , her age did not prejudice me against her. I was attracted to here for it, for the oddness of it. She was certainly unlike any w
However, age and women seem to have softened him up a bit. Now, although his eye is as gimlet as ever, Theroux seems to have developed a bit more empathy f ...more
Writer writes of a younger man older woman subtle teasing affair in quiet paradise.
I like his short stories very much. They range from silly reflections, even gossipy or recollections to very memorable observations.