Online books The Pillars of Hercules A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean AUTHOR Paul Theroux – doctorio.us
Yria before the Syrian War It made me sad thinking of how much the war with ISIS has destroyed very important historical places in Syria We really lost a lot there I got the feeling that he didn t like the touristy aspects of the Mediterranean which is why he was critical of the real state boom in coast Spain and Greece He also doesn t like welfare states He likes the less developed parts of the Mediterranean and avoided sightseeing which sometimes was impossible
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Islands and through Paul was sort of restless critical and very witty This time around he has calmed down and somewhat boring Uncommon Wisdom especially the parts in Italy Maybe because he speaks Italian fluently the unexpected didn t hit him Or maybe it s because he blends in very well in Mediterranean society most people ignored him and nothing interesting happened Luckily the story picked up again when he took a luxury cruise ship across the Mediterranean first and then a Turkish cruise ship where he was the only foreigner on board That showed me his interesting side again and how he adapts and talks to people The people on both ships were such contrasts toach other It is really the people who make the novel for Paul Remembering the Moroccan Jewish taxi driver in Haifa who complained about the Arabs but when he tagged along with Paul to visit an Arab Christian writer he was so touched by their hospitality and words I was also touched by the old woman in Croatia who was living in war but didn t want to take Paul s money for the coffee he had in her restaurant because they had a good conversation about life I had to travel here to find a token of generosity from a skinny woman in a cafe in a town full of shell holes in the shadow of a war Perhaps war was the reason not Unseen City everyone was brutalized war made some people better Some other uotes from the book that I likedon what he looks for in books Originality humor subtlety The writing itself A sense of place A new way of seeing Lots of things I like to believe the things I read Look we are Croats but last year my father was robbed of almost five thousand US dollars in dinars and the robber was a Croat. E Pillars of Hercules isngrossing and nlightening from start a damning account of tourists annoying the apes of Gibraltar to finish an utterly captivating visit with Paul Bowles in Tangier worth the price of the book all by itself Chicago TribuneENTERTAINING READING WHEN YOU READ THEROUX YOU'RE TRULY ON A TRIP The Boston Sunday GlobeHIS PICARESUE NARRATIVE IS STUDDED WITH SCENES THAT STICK IN THE MIND He looks at strangers with a novel. I ll confess from the start that a travel memoir is just not my kind of thing and so I probably started reading this book rather resentfully I just so desperately wanted toPolynesian Islands And Through
be proved wrong Sadly I was not This book delved into the dull minutiae of hisproved wrong Sadly I was not This book delved into the dull minutiae of his to the xtent that I was simply bored by it The book contained sweeping generalisations about the countries cultures and people he God Is in the Crowd encountered on his travels and there were no great insights that I could glean I suppose now is the time that I admit I only got half way through before getting so annoyed with the man that I threw the book across the room and declared I could not possibly take any This is just not for me This is my fourth Paul Theroux travel book and the first one I am giving 3 stars instead of 4 I had highxpectations and it fell somewhat flat Some parts I Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard enjoyed reading but others were really boring Paul wasn tven sure if he wanted to write this book In his previous travel books I njoyed his journey through the Polynesian islands taking the railway from Boston across Latin America all the way down to Patagonia and his train journeys through China This time he travels along the Mediterranean coast skipping Lebanon Libya and Algeria a region which he said he had never set foot on but read a lot about His journey begins in Gibraltar and he travels along the coast of Spain and France to Mallorca Corsica Sardinia and Sicily Then he continues along the coast of Italy Slovenia and Croatia In the astern Mediterranean his trip becomes a bit chaotic and he often has to trace #his way back to Italy in order to reach other places The Yugoslavian War is #way back to Italy in order to reach other places The Yugoslavian War is during that time arly nineties and there are some places in the Arab world he was advised to not visit He talks a lot about the books he read of the country he has visited He meets some incredible authors like Naguib Mahfouz in Egypt and Paul Bowles in Morocco I was
shocked to read that in the nineties many beaches of the Mediterranean were already littered I don t know if thatto read that in the nineties many beaches of the Mediterranean were already littered I don t know if that still the case or if there has been any improvement His favorite countries were Syria Tunisia and of course Italy because of the food He is uite lucky to have seen DAZZLING TimeTHEROUX'S WORK IS DISTINGUISHED BY A SPLENDID EYE FOR DETAIL AND THE TELLING GESTURE; a storyteller's sense of pacing and gift for granting closure to the most subtle progression of vents; and the graceful use of language We are delighted along with Theroux by the politeness of the Turks amazed by the mountainous highlands in Syria touched by the gesture of an Albanian waitress who will not let him pay for his modest meal Th. He laughed He was busily When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) eating sp I like Theroux I like his grouchy old man act and I like the books not a fan of the novels though This one isntertaining and informative
And Well Written It S Also Anotherwell written It s also another of a book written not so long ago at all but which thanks to the Internet gap seems to be from another world the author making phone calls to Honolulu in bars and being amazed at this for No Biggy! example Theroux amuses me I know that notveryone likes his sarcasm and that he is seemingly never content with where he is but then which great traveler is Crush It! ever contempt with where he is Isn t that why we travel I find him intelligent andntertaining and because I don t always agree with him he makes me look at the world in a new and interesting ways That he managed to do that when he wrote about Europe my home shows Attracting Birds to Your Backyard even what a great writer he isThe Pillars of Hercules isverything you could want from a Theroux book Personally I liked The happy Isles of Oceania better but intellectually this is his best book so far I hope his new one is released soon Paul Theroux is not a nice man It isn t nice to say that Albanians look retarded It isn t nice to point out that Greece is a welfare case sponging off the EU and milking a cultural legacy it has dishonored with its parochialism And it certainly isn t nice it is in fact downright impolitic and a bit sinister to take such obvious pleasure in despising IsraelisBut nice people as a rule don t write great travel books They write heartwarming tales full of spiritual uplift and multicultural group hugs Niceness complacent undiscriminating niceness is basically sluttish It smiles at stupidity and winks at injustice and consults its own comfort I don t know if The Pillars of Hercules is a great travel book but it s definitely an interesting one and that s saying something because the Mediterranean is the most overdone body of water in literature Theroux may be a hater but he s what Hazlitt used to call a good hater his hatred generously makes room for all kinds of odd passions and sudden sympathies If you really must travel and personally I think people should stay home and watch CSI Theroux s Deep Listening example is as good as an. Ist'sye and his portraits are pleasantly tinged with malice The Washington Post Book WorldTHEROUX AT HIS BEST An armchair trip with Theroux is sometimes dark but always a delight PlayboyAS SATISFYING AS A GLASS OF COOL WINE ON A DUSTY CALABRIAN AFTERNOON With his Bird-by-Bird Gardening effortless writing style observantye and take no prisoners approach Theroux is in top form chronicling this 18 month circuit of the Mediterranean Kirkus Reviews starred revie. .