Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads
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Acclaimed and beloved travel writer Paul Theroux turns his attention to his own country - America - for the first time in Deep South
For the past fifty years, Paul Theroux has travelled to the far corners of the earth - to China, India, Africa, the Pacific Islands, South America, Russia, and elsewhere - and brought them to life...more
I'm NOT a politically correct person [not a chance!], not by a LONG SHOT, and my politics are --> very little left of center…moreWHOA! EASY THERE, TRIGGER!
I'm NOT a politically correct person [not a chance!], not by a LONG SHOT, and my politics are --> very little left of center <-- (according to my adult kids.)
I've not read "The Deep South", but the man seems humble enough to me in the Rick Steves interview/podcast regarding his experience in the research for the book:
Theroux seems to ha ...more
Paul Theroux didn't need to visit the airports for this journey. He got in in car and drove
from his Cape Cod home. He takes a several trips back and forth ... spreading out over more than a years time. I had an adventure right along side of Theroux... enjoying the people -
places - history - and tidbits I learned along the way.
I've been to The Middle East... Europe...lived in Israel for almost a year... but I've ne ...more
Where did Theroux get the idea that everyone in the south are evangelicals, dumb, lazy, drug addicts, racists, gun junkies, and didn’t read books, but if they did they had huge libraries in their homes? I will admit that there are a lo ...more
Paul Theroux has spent fifty years crossing the globe, adventuring in the exotic, seeking the rich history and folklore of the far away. Now, for the first time, in his tenth travel book, Theroux explores a piece of America — the Deep South. He finds there a paradoxical place, full of incomparable music, unparalleled cuisine, and yet also some of the nation’s worst schools, housing, and unemployment rates. It’s these parts of the South, s ...more
My broader point is that this type of historically uninformed trav ...more
I chose this because of the theme - the South. I like reading Southern literature. The author is not only well traveled but also well read. The book covers racism and poverty in the South today, historical background and a thorough study of Southern literature and its authors. The book does not cover anything to do with urban centers or coastal regions. Nothing about Hurricane Katrina, not a word about Florida, n ...more
This take on the American South is informed by the author’s extensive travels outside the US and his background in literature. This is modest, one man travel. There are no reviews of Michelin rated hotels, tours of old plantations or interviews with celebrity chefs. Instead, you read of churches, gun shows, unsung eating places and no reservations motels. He has informed observations for these aspects of life and travel. He interviews people he happens to meet and those who are suggested to him ...more
I have lived in Virginia for more than thirty years. I have learned to ...more
I read Travels With Charley because I was charmed by the idea of a cross country trip with a dog. I have taken road trips with my parrot Hercule Parroh. However, the problem with Steinbeck is that he simply does not care for people all that much. Consequently, none of the people came across as likable or believa ...more
This is one of the densest books I have ever read, there is so much information and experience crammed into this book it amazes me how it all fits in so well. I was expecting this to be a travel book but it is so much more than that, you get a history lesson on slavery and the battles for freedo ...more
Now in a lengthy work he takes on the American South. It is nowhere near as successful as any of his work that has preceded it.. Seemingly he goes in with preconceptions and polishes them, repeatedly. Simply sta ...more
Yes, racism is still a reality in the south, with lasting consequences, even today. Yes, the economy of the rural south is in dire straights, a ...more
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As was so often the case, driving up a country road in the South was driving into the shadowy past.
I found this a remarkable travel book and journey through the rural Southern U.S. – namely the states of North and South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, and Arkansas. The author encounters a vast array of Southerners with a variety of outlooks and all this leads to many compelling conversations. He attends church services, food and music festivals, gun shows... But genera ...more
Paul Theroux's account of his car journeys through America's southern states is timely, and abridged for radio by Katrin Williams:
1. He's in Tusacaloona, in a car park, thinking about going to church. In a vehicle beside him sits Lucille, all black silk and lacey sleeves - "You lost, baby?" Her welcoming words are typical of the South..
2. In Greensboro he meets the impressive Rev. Eugene Lyles, aged 79, who has his own church, his own barber shop and runs the l ...more
But this? It just made me feel uncomfortable and kinda squicky. This definitely flirted with some issues with racism and porn poverty. I mean, come on. At one point he actually lists the first names of every child attending daycare in a predominantly black town. There is no fucking reason to do that tha ...more
"On a single visit I would not have seen this, but over the course of a year, in four seasons, the true condition of the town had become apparent. This was not a trip about my having a good meal or a bad meal, or my laboring toward a destination in the old travel-book manner. It may have seemed to some people I m ...more