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Хотел "Хонолулу"

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Един писател с объркан личен живот и в тотална творческа криза заминава за Хаваите, за да се отдаде на естествения ход на живота. И да забрави всичко, което го измъчва. Там се запознава с ексцентричния собственик на хотел "Хонолулу", който го назначава за управител. Много скоро новоизпеченият хотелиер става не само свидетел, но и участник във водовъртежа от коктейли, страс ...more
Paperback, 416 pages
Published 2008 by Фама (first published April 1st 2001)
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I started out really enjoying this book with its colorful locale and offbeat characters. The protagonist is a stranger coming to grips with a strange land--a middle-aged writer from the mainland who leaves behind his family and old life to start over in obscurity in Hawaii and ends up managing a second-rate hotel. The stories he tells about the people he encounters are by turns funny and tragic, and often a little twisted, which was good. Then they became really twisted, and then ultimately quit ...more
Nov 29, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two real issues here: repetitiveness and the ladies.

See, Paul Theroux had a great idea here: 1 story per room for the dissipated Hotel Honolulu. The problem, though, was that he maybe didn't actually have 88 separate stories to write about it. Instead, we get a half-dozen stories relating to women who were once sexually abused and then became prostitutes, another three or four of Buddy Hamsa telling not-quite-true stories about his sexual exploits, and a couple based entirely on dialect. While M
Alex Tsiatsos
I strongly disliked this book. It chronicles a middle-aged mainlander's career as the manager of a lower-status Honolulu hotel and is written in as a series of artificially short, episodic "just so" stories. The only characters who were not made intentionally repulsive were pretentious and annoying. Locals were described as stupid and mute so often by characters that it was hard for the reader to draw any other conclusion. My admiration for this author’s other works compelled me to finish this b ...more
Nov 27, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, hawaii
I had to force myself to finish this book just so I could write a review and give it a rating. Ugh. There's only so much I can read about the sex, scandal, rumors, etc. of boring people. Another reviewer noted that this reads too much like a middle-aged man's masturbatory fantasy with sordid sex stories, older men dominating younger women (generally white men w/ younger women of color), murder, mystery, etc. Not only that, but the portrayal of the locals in Hawaii was somewhat insulting. All the ...more
Jan 20, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german, male-writers, 2010


"really twisted, and then ultimately quite perverse"


"self-described (or narrator-described, alternately) coconut princess beach bunnies" (referring Theroux's description of women)

"over-sexualized misadventures with some seriously unappealing people"

"don't bother if you think you'll be getting any insight into local Hawaiian culture, the people, the history, etc"

These are just a few quotes from the reviews about this book that can be found on this site. And yes, I say!
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paul Theroux at is caustic best. The narrator is a disenchanted writer who is the manager of a vintage hotel in Waikiki with topless hula contests and bleary- eyed clientele in the Paradise Lost bar. A semi- retired hooker who is the mother of the “young, fresh” Hawaiian he marries lives on the third floor. The owner of the hotel is a self-indulgent blowhard given to sadistic tricks on his relatives who happens to be a millionaire. The cast of outrageous characters goes on with sad pinch lines a ...more
Dec 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
I picked up this book for 2 reasons; 1 is I love Paul Theroux, 2 is I lived in Hawaii for 10 years and being a mainlander didn't appreciate living in Wahee until I read Hotel Honolulu. This book is the true Hawaii, at least the Honolulu-Waikiki Hawaii, and Hotel Honolulu is any number of small hotels off the beach side of Kalakaua Avenue. I actually think I drank in the Paradise Bar many times and definitely knew people in this book. For a taste of the real Honolulu read Hotel Honolulu as Paul T ...more
So, I picked up this book, thinking, well, I'm not expecting too much from this, since it's written by a Haole, who is not from the Islands, but it could be interesting. The premise was promising, and I happened to have another book by the author on my shelf, strangely, but also unread. So, I picked it up. I was pleasantly surprised by the writing, and the stories drew me in, but that was just schadenfreude on my part, I do believe. I like the way the author writes; he has good flow and the hote ...more
Jul 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, hawaii
This book is often described as a modern-day Canterbury Tales, evidently because it's a collection of travelers' stories and there's a hotel involved. Other than that, it's a meaningless comparison.

The unnamed narrator of Hotel Honolulu is a once successful novelist who, no longer writing, has taken a job as the general manager of a second-class hotel located a few blocks from Waikiki Beach. Married to Sweetie, a hapa haole hotel maid, he's the father of young Rose and the son-in-law of the hote
Black Heart
Read mainly during a stint scoring Hawaii Math at one of the country's top education testing facilities, Paul Theroux's Hotel Honolulu provided a nice counterpoint to the terribly misguided papers I was reading for 8 hours a day.

I am contractually bound to keep my scoring gigs confidential, so I'll say no more. Suffice to say that after this particular gig, it was readily apparent to me that Hawaiian students--much like Texan students--are either very poorly educated or simply don't bother to pe
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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 ...more
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