Bookmarks Magazine's Reviews > The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro and Other Stories
by Paul Theroux
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. Some critics loved the title novella; others disliked its cloying sexual details. The other stories fared better. It's an uneven collection, but many readers will find some strange sort of solace in these odd, often beautifully rendered, pieces.
This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.