Staci's Reviews > The Mosquito Coast
The Mosquito Coast
Jun 25, 2012
Everyone calls this an adventure book. I guess I never thought to classify mental illness and the abuse of a family as 'adventure.' A man leaves the United States on his belief that it is all unraveling around him and that the only way to save himself and his family is to lead them into isolation in the Honduran rainforest. He is an inventor and a genius but the only thing unraveling is his mind. I was more than halfway through this book before anything 'happened.' Until that point, the story was a constant barrage of a one-sided dialogue from an annoying, blowhard of an individual. The main character grated constantly on my nerves and the character of his eldest son, the other lead in the story, does very little to alleviate and balance the discomfort that comes from his father's obnoxious dissertations. The book wasn't exciting, it wasn't sad - in fact, it was void of emotion, action, and a climax. Once again, I'm left wishing that Theroux could be as good a storyteller as he is a writer.
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June 25, 2012 – Started Reading
June 25, 2012 – Shelved
July 9, 2012 – Finished Reading