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I’ve got another Paul Theroux book sitting on my shelf; it’s about traveling by train from Chicago to the bottom tip of South America. I got it in a used bookstore in Boston when I drove east from Iowa; I was thinking it would be good reading in case I do any similar traveling…so I’m going to save it for later. But this is the last of my really short books; it’s a 50 page story about some young college kids who run off to Puerto Rico because the boy gets the girlfriend pregnant…it’s from the Pea ...more
Two young lovers run away to a tropical paradise...and find penury, alienation and doom. Oh, and a lot of cockroaches and a little cockfighting. Definitely one of the most unremittingly bleak tales I've read in a while. Theroux's usual theme of arrogant westerners facing dissolution within ancient jungles may be at work here, but for the most I was just glad it was so mercifully brief. A serious bummer.
Paul Edward Theroux is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work is The Great Railway Bazaar (1975), a travelogue about a trip he made by train from Great Britain through Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, through South Asia, then South-East Asia, up through East Asia, as far east as Japan, and then back across Russia to his point of origin. Although perhaps best know ...moreMore about Paul Theroux...