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Theroux, Paul

Works: 619 works in 3,049 publications in 18 languages and 90,236 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Short stories  Domestic fiction  Biography  Local history  Action and adventure fiction  Travel writing  Novellas  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, wpr, Creator, Conceptor, Other, Bibliographic antecedent, Scenarist, Interviewee, Collector, Translator
Classifications: PS3570.H4, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Paul Theroux
The Mosquito Coast : a novel by Paul Theroux( Book )

166 editions published between 1976 and 2015 in 9 languages and held by 3,743 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Allie Fox, the brilliant and paranoid inventor takes his family to live in the Honduran jungle, determined to build a civilization better than the one they left. His utopian experiment takes a dark turn when his obsessions lead his family towards unimaginable danger
The family arsenal by Paul Theroux( Book )

55 editions published between 1970 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 1,959 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A former American consul joins the disparate members of a group of London terrorists in their murderous activities throughout the city
My secret history by Paul Theroux( Book )

36 editions published between 1989 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 1,949 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The secret life of an American writer, Andre Parent, describing his dreams, his privacies, and everything he keeps hidden
Kowloon Tong by Paul Theroux( Book )

57 editions published between 1997 and 2004 in 5 languages and held by 1,888 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The humiliation of a colonial Englishman on the eve of China's takeover of Hong Kong. Neville Mallard, a member of the white elite is forced to sell his family's textile factory to a Chinese businessman. It is a blow to his wallet, but even more to his confidence, the end of a century of white arrogance
Dark star safari : overland from Cairo to Cape Town by Paul Theroux( Book )

19 editions published between 2002 and 2007 in English and held by 1,886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A rich and insightful travel book in the tradition that made Paul Theroux's reputation, Dark Star Safari takes us the length of Africa by rattletrap bus, forgotten train, and rusting steamer. Theroux confronts delay, discomfort, bullets, and bad food while encountering a remarkable mix of places and people. Beginning in Cairo and ending in Cape Town, he goes on the ultimate safari to the true heart of Africa, not the lavish game parks with overfed guests but the small villages of the bush and the filthy chaotic cities that define this forgotten continent"--Publisher's description
The lower river by Paul Theroux( Book )

17 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 1,883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ellis Hock never believed that he would ever return to Africa. He runs an old-fashioned menswear store in a small town in Massachusetts but still dreams of his Eden, the four years he spent in Malawi with the Peace Corps, cut short when he had to return to take over the family business. When his wife leaves him, taking the family home, he realizes that there is one place for him to go: back to Malawi on the remote Lower River, where he can be happy again. Arriving at the dusty village he finds it transformed: the school he built is a ruin, the church and clinic are gone, and poverty and apathy have set in among the people. They remember him -- the White Man with no fear of snakes -- and welcome him back. But is his new life, his journey back, an escape or a trap?
The Pillars of Hercules : a grand tour of the Mediterranean by Paul Theroux( Book )

37 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,781 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this modern Grand Tour, Theroux sets off from Gibraltar on a journey around the Mediterranean Sea. It is a long, lively, and occasionally dangerous trip, up the coast of Spain, along the Riviera, by ferry to the islands of Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily, and beyond. By foot, train, bus, and cruise ship, Theroux travels around Italy and the Greek islands, to Albania in a state of near anarchy and to war-torn Croatia. He sails into Istanbul, its minarets and mosque domes beckoning him to the Levant. Ahead are Damascus and the villages of Syria, shrouded in the cult of Assad; Israel, besieged by suicide bombers; Egypt, Morocco and Paul Bowles' Tangier. Exploring wild coastlines, probing through layers of tradition and culture, ancient and modern, tawdry and splendid, Theroux weaves the legends and siren calls of civilizations as old as time into a story about life on the Mediterranean today.--From publisher description
Hotel Honolulu by Paul Theroux( Book )

39 editions published between 2001 and 2016 in 9 languages and held by 1,752 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Welcome to the Hotel Honolulu, a down-at-the-heels tourist place on a back street two blocks from the beach at Waikiki, where middle America stays and dreams." "Like the Canterbury pilgrims, every guest in this eighty-room hotel has come in search of something - sun, love, happiness, un-namable longing - and everyone has a story. Honeymooners, vacationers, wanderers, mythomaniacs, soldiers, and families all land at the Hotel Honolulu. But the hotel is as suited to being a crime scene as a love nest. Fortunately, our keen-eyed narrator, a writer down on his luck, is there to relate all the comings and goings. He's lost money, friends, house, and family, and he has no experience running a hotel. But all that doesn't stop Buddy, the boozy owner of the place - the last of a dying breed - from signing him on as manager. It isn't long before the hotel expands to encompass the narrator's whole universe. His original plan of escape from a life of the mind becomes something altogether different: a way to return to the world he left, the world of imagined life."--Jacket
O-Zone : a novel by Paul Theroux( Book )

36 editions published between 1986 and 2002 in 6 languages and held by 1,665 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On New Year's Eve, eight wealthy New Yorkers fly in their private rotors for a holiday picnic in the forbidden O-Zone, contaminated by nuclear waste. A chance encounter with a band of aliens there will change their lives
The consul's file by Paul Theroux( Book )

49 editions published between 1977 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 1,644 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this 1978 compilation, Paul Theroux offers twenty stand-alone (and originally serialized) chapters told through the eyes of a young American consul posted to a small Malaysian town in the 1970s. The stories are chronological picking up when the narrator arrives in country and ending with a letter he writes as he departs. --Richard T at
The London embassy by Paul Theroux( Book )

32 editions published between 1982 and 2005 in 3 languages and held by 1,593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The narrator, an American employee of the American Embassy in London, observes the British and their endless treasure trove of eccentricities on their home ground. And the Americans in the embassy are no less curious. There is the embassy Minister who is obsessed with rage at a male employee who wears an earring, an Arab who has come to London to rob a certain tomb, a woman who cycles all the way to Yorkshire to exact a peculiar revenge, and dozens of others who nurse some secret vagary
The Elephanta suite by Paul Theroux( Book )

28 editions published between 2007 and 2010 in English and Italian and held by 1,587 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This startling and satisfying book captures the tumult, ambition, hardship, and serenity that mark today's India. Theroux's characters risk venturing far beyond the subcontinent's well-worn paths to discover woe or truth or peace. A middle-aged couple on vacation veers heedlessly from idyll to chaos. A buttoned-up Boston lawyer finds succor in Mumbai's reeking slums. And a young woman befriends an elephant in Bangalore"--Publisher website (September 2007)
Picture palace : a novel by Paul Theroux( Book )

50 editions published between 1978 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A visionary photographer looks back on her life working with real-life luminaries, among them Hemingway, Picasso, Patton, and Frost, in a psychologically intense novel from a best-selling author
Half Moon Street : two short novels by Paul Theroux( Book )

37 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in 5 languages and held by 1,475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Een jonge Amerikaanse leidt in Londen een hachelijk dubbelleven bij een escort-service
Blinding light by Paul Theroux( Book )

26 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,452 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores creative genius and fame through the life of a writer whose search for a muse has led him into dangerous and destructive places
A dead hand : a crime in Calcutta by Paul Theroux( Book )

21 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,444 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When Jerry Delfont, a travel writer with writer's block, receives a letter from an American philanthropist, Mrs Merrill Unger, with news of a scandal involving an Indian friend of her son's, he is sufficiently intrigued to pursue the story. Who is the dead boy found on the floor of a cheap hotel room, how and why did he die?
Chicago loop by Paul Theroux( Book )

37 editions published between 1990 and 2011 in 7 languages and held by 1,428 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Chicago businessmen's sexual passions plunge him deeper and deeper into a world of danger and obsession
The collected stories by Paul Theroux( Book )

24 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 1,384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sixty stories in an international setting. Several deal with the political and amorous adventures of an American diplomat in the Far East, one set in India looks at another culture's meaning of perversion, two are on poets living in London
Millroy the Magician by Paul Theroux( Book )

26 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 1,358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Jilly Farina is fourteen, but so small that she wears younger kids' clothes. Her father is drunk on the day of the Barnstable County Fair, so she goes by herself, and by that night her life has been transformed. When she walks into a tent to see Millroy the Magician, his eyes lighten from brown to green and fasten upon her. He performs miracles in front of Jilly's spellbound eyes and tells her he wants to eat her
Sunrise with seamonsters : travels & discoveries, 1964-1984 by Paul Theroux( Book )

28 editions published between 1985 and 2011 in English and held by 1,318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book brings together a variety of experiences and adventures from the travels of the best-selling author to such places as Corsica, Burma, Cape Cod, East Africa, Afghanistan, a leper colony, and the New York subways
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The Mosquito Coast : a novel
Alternative Names
Paul Theroux Amerikaans schrijver

Paul Theroux amerikai író

Paul Theroux amerikansk författare

Paul Theroux amerikansk skribent

Paul Theroux écrivain américain

Paul Theroux escritor estadounidense

Paul Theroux scrittore statunitense

Paul Theroux US-amerikanischer Reiseschriftsteller französisch-italienischer Abstammung

Terokss, Pauls 1941-

Terū, Pols 1941-

Theroux, Paul

Theroux, Paul Edward

Theroux, Paul Edward 1941-

Пол Теру

Теру, Пол

ת׳רו, פול

서루, 폴

서룩스, 폴

써루, 폴

セルー, ポール

セロー, ポール


The family arsenalMy secret historyKowloon TongDark star safari : overland from Cairo to Cape TownThe Pillars of Hercules : a grand tour of the MediterraneanHotel HonoluluO-Zone : a novelThe consul's file