The Last Train to Zona Verde

The Last Train to Zona Verde
Author: Paul Theroux
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 353
Release: 2014-05-13
ISBN: 9780544227934
Category: Travel
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Last Train to Zona Verde Book Excerpt:

The world's most acclaimed travel writer journeys through western Africa from Cape Town to the Congo.

The Last Train to Zona Verde

The Last Train to Zona Verde
Author: Paul Theroux
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2014-05-01
ISBN: 9780141029597
Category: Travel
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Last Train to Zona Verde Book Excerpt:

Heading north from Cape Town, through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Angola, Paul Theroux makes a final journey along Africa's western edge. The end of the line is the Congo but Theroux discovers that his trip's pleasures are tempered by a growing sense that the Africa which so long ago helped form him has vanished, along with the hopes of many of its people. Yet after 2,500 miles Theroux finds that though this will be his ultimate African adventure there are still surprises to be found by the traveller prepared to step off the beaten track. 'A melancholic, farewell journey . . . Theroux does all this inimitably, and more, getting better the more detours he takes.' Evening Standard 'Hard to put down, brutal honesty. Theroux proves himself a sharp observer of human foibles and a master of pithy description. The book he has crafted out of his experiences packs plenty of bang.' Spectator 'As we worry about the future of the continent, there could be no better guide than Theroux . . . his sense that this is his final journey adds to the power.' GQ 'Excellent, barbed reportage.' Independent 'Probably the most important travel writer of his generation.' Sunday Times

The Last Train to Zona Verde

The Last Train to Zona Verde
Author: Paul Theroux
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 353
Release: 2013
ISBN: 061883933X
Category: Travel
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Last Train to Zona Verde Book Excerpt:

An acclaimed travel writer and novelist describes his journey across Africa, from Cape Town to Cape Province and into Namibia, riding elephants, meeting Bushmen and discussing the changes that have taken place since his first visit 50 years ago.

The Last Train to Zona Verde

The Last Train to Zona Verde
Author: Paul Theroux
Publsiher: Clipper Audio
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2013-09
ISBN: 9781471240669
Category: Angola
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Last Train to Zona Verde Book Excerpt:

A final African adventure from the writer whose gimlet eye and effortless prose have brought the world to generations of readers Journeying alone, in what he feels will be his last African journey, Paul Theroux encounters a world increasingly removed from both the itineraries of tourists and the hopes of post-colonial independence movements. Having travelled down the right-hand side of Africa in Dark Star Safari, he sets out this time from Cape Town, heading northwards up the left-hand side, through South Africa and Namibia, to Botswana, heading for the Congo, in search of the end of the line.

Figures in a Landscape

Figures in a Landscape
Author: Paul Theroux
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 392
Release: 2018-05-10
ISBN: 0241977517
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Figures in a Landscape Book Excerpt:

The Sunday Times bestseller Paul Theroux collects a rich feast of his writing and essays - from travel to personal memoir - published all together here for the first time Drawing together a fascinating body of writing from over 14 years of work, Figures in a Landscape ranges from profiles of cultural icons (Oliver Sacks, Elizabeth Taylor, Robin Williams) to intimate personal remembrances; from thrilling adventures in Africa to literary writings from Theroux's rich and expansive personal reading. Collectively these pieces offer a fascinating portrait of the author himself, his extraordinary life, restless and ever-curious mind.

Writing Abroad

Writing Abroad
Author: Peter Chilson,Joanne B. Mulcahy
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 246
Release: 2017-10-13
ISBN: 022644449X
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Writing Abroad Book Excerpt:

“Tell me all about your trip!” It’s a request that follows travelers as they head out into the world, and one of the first things they hear when they return. When we leave our homes to explore the wider world, we feel compelled to capture the experiences and bring the story home. But for those who don’t think of themselves as writers, putting experiences into words can be more stressful than inspirational. Writing Abroad is meant for travelers of all backgrounds and writing levels: a student embarking on overseas study; a retiree realizing a dream of seeing China; a Peace Corps worker in Kenya. All can benefit from documenting their adventures, whether on paper or online. Through practical advice and adaptable exercises, this guide will help travelers hone their observational skills, conduct research and interviews, choose an appropriate literary form, and incorporate photos and videos into their writing. Writing about travel is more than just safeguarding memories—it can transform experiences and tease out new realizations. With Writing Abroad, travelers will be able to deepen their understanding of other cultures and write about that new awareness in clear and vivid prose.

Ghost Train to the Eastern Star

Ghost Train to the Eastern Star
Author: Paul Theroux
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 511
Release: 2009-08-06
ISBN: 0547348584
Category: Travel
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ghost Train to the Eastern Star Book Excerpt:

The acclaimed author of The Great Railway Bazaar retraces his legendary journey through Europe and Asia in this “funny, informative and lyrical” travelogue (The Guardian, UK). Paul Theroux virtually invented the modern travel narrative by recounting his 25,000-mile journey by train through eastern Europe, central Asia, the Indian subcontinent, China, Japan, and Siberia. Three decades later, the world he recorded in The Great Railway Bazaar has undergone phenomenal change. The Soviet Union has collapsed and China has risen; India booms while Burma smothers under dictatorship; Vietnam flourishes in the aftermath of the havoc America was unleashing on it the last time Theroux passed through. Now Theroux returns to capture the texture, sights, smells, and sounds of this new landscape. Theroux’s odyssey takes him from eastern Europe, still hung-over from communism. He experiences a tense but thriving Turkey, and a Georgia limping back toward feudalism while its neighbor Azerbaijan revels in oil-fueled capitalism. Through it all, Theroux travels as the locals do—by train, bus, taxi, and foot; he encounters fellow writers, including Orhan Pamuk, Haruki Murakami, and Arthur C. Clarke; and, as always, his omnivorous curiosity and unerring eye for detail capture it all.

African American

African  American
Author: David Peterson del Mar
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 402
Release: 2017-06-15
ISBN: 1783608552
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

African American Book Excerpt:

Africa has long gripped the American imagination. From the Edenic wilderness of Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan novels to the 'black Zion' of Garvey's Back-to-Africa movement, all manner of Americans - whether white or black, male or female - have come to see Africa as an idealized stage on which they can fashion new, more authentic selves. In this remarkable, panoramic work, David Peterson del Mar explores the ways in which American fantasies of Africa have evolved over time, as well as the role of Africans themselves in subverting American attitudes to their continent. Spanning seven decades, from the post-war period to the present day, and encompassing sources ranging from literature, film and music to accounts by missionaries, aid workers and travel writers, African, American is a fascinating deconstruction of 'Africa' as it exists in the American mindset.

Understanding War

Understanding War
Author: Christian P. Potholm
Publsiher: UPA
Total Pages: 718
Release: 2016-08-03
ISBN: 0761867740
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Understanding War Book Excerpt:

The third book in Professor Christian Potholm’s war trilogy (which includes Winning at War and War Wisdom), Understanding War provides a most workable bibliography dealing with the vast literature on war and warfare. As such, it provides insights into over 3000 works on this overwhelmingly extensive material. Understanding War is thus the most comprehensive annotated bibliography available today. Moreover, by dividing war material into eighteen overarching themes of analysis and fifty seminal topics, and focusing on these, Understanding War enables the reader to access and understand the broadest possible array of materials across both time and space, beginning with the earliest forms of warfare and concluding with the contemporary situation. Stimulating and thought-provoking, this volume is essential for an understanding of the breadth and depth of the vast scholarship dealing with war and warfare through human history and across cultures.

DEATH BY DEVICE

DEATH BY DEVICE
Author: Dayton Lummis
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 216
Release: 2014-10-20
ISBN: 1491738758
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

DEATH BY DEVICE Book Excerpt:

The author freely admits that “devices” are not all bad. For better or worse they have changed the world. But this book ranges far from the subject of the effects of “devices,” often into areas distinctly “politically incorrect.” Some commentary is amusing; others might be seen as “disturbing.” This is a good companion book for your “one-way trip to Mars!” Read it, and you will never be the same again! Nor will be the society described. We live in changing times; there is a distinct sense of a “rising sadness” for lost America...

The Best American Travel Writing 2014

The Best American Travel Writing 2014
Author: Jason Wilson,Paul Theroux
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2014-10-07
ISBN: 0544330153
Category: Literary Collections
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Best American Travel Writing 2014 Book Excerpt:

Presents an anthology of the best travel writing published in 2014, selected from magazines, newspapers, and web sites.

On the Plain of Snakes

On the Plain of Snakes
Author: Paul Theroux
Publsiher: Eamon Dolan Books
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2019
ISBN: 0544866479
Category: Travel
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On the Plain of Snakes Book Excerpt:

Legendary travel writer Paul Theroux drives the entire length of the US-Mexico border, then goes deep into the hinterland, on the back roads of Chiapas and Oaxaca, to uncover the rich, layered world behind today's brutal headlines. Paul Theroux has spent his life crisscrossing the globe in search of the histories and peoples that give life to the places they call home. Now, as immigration debates boil around the world, Theroux has set out to explore a country key to understanding our current discourse: Mexico. Just south of the Arizona border, in the desert region of Sonora, he finds a place brimming with vitality, yet visibly marked by both the US Border Patrol looming to the north and mounting discord from within. With the same humanizing sensibility he employed in Deep South, Theroux stops to talk with residents, visits Zapotec mill workers in the highlands, and attends a Zapatista party meeting, communing with people of all stripes who remain south of the border even as their families brave the journey north. From the writer praised for his "curiosity and affection for humanity in all its forms" (New York Times Book Review), On the Plain of Snakes is an exploration of a region in conflict.

Deep South

Deep South
Author: Paul Theroux
Publsiher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2015-09-29
ISBN: 0544323521
Category: Travel
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Deep South Book Excerpt:

One of the most acclaimed travel writers of our time turns his unflinching eye on an American South too often overlooked 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, so often ignored, that have caught Theroux's keen traveler's eye. On road trips spanning four seasons, wending along rural highways, Theroux visits gun shows and small-town churches, laborers in Arkansas, and parts of Mississippi where they still call the farm up the road "the plantation." He talks to mayors and social workers, writers and reverends, the working poor and farming families -- the unsung heroes of the south, the people who, despite it all, never left, and also those who returned home to rebuild a place they could never live without. From the writer whose "great mission has always been to transport us beyond that reading chair, to challenge himself -- and thus, to challenge us" (Boston Globe), Deep South is an ode to a region, vivid and haunting, full of life and loss alike.

Mr Bones

Mr Bones
Author: Paul Theroux
Publsiher: Penguin UK
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2014-10-02
ISBN: 0241969387
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mr Bones Book Excerpt:

Mr Bones is a sparkling and darkly humorous collection of short stories by bestselling novelist and travel writer Paul Theroux. A family watches, horrified, as their patriarch transforms into the wise-cracking lead of an old-timey minstrel show. An art collector gleefully destroys his most valuable pieces. A young artist devotes himself to a wealthy, malicious gossip, knowing that it's just a matter of time before she turns on him. In this new collection of short stories, Paul Theroux explores the tenuous leadership of the elite and the surprising revenge of the overlooked. He shows us humanity possessed, consumed by its own desires, always with his carefully honed eye and the subtle idiosyncrasies that bring his characters to life. 'As cool as Somerset Maugham . . . as observant, intuitive, wry, inventive and eloquent as Graham Greene' Sunday Times 'Theroux is fluent, witty and almost faultlessly able to deliver a satisfying story' Melvyn Bragg 'One of the most accomplished and worldly-wise writers of his generation' The Times Paul Theroux's books include The Last Train to Zona Verde, Dark Star Safari, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Elephanta Suite, A Dead Hand, The Tao of Traveland The Lower River. The Mosquito Coast and Dr Slaughter have both been made into successful films. Paul Theroux divides his time between Cape Cod and the Hawaiian islands.

Why States Recover

Why States Recover
Author: Greg Mills
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 689
Release: 2015-01-03
ISBN: 1849045399
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Why States Recover Book Excerpt:

State failure takes many forms. Somalia offers one extreme. The country's prolonged civil war led to the collapse of central authority, with state control devolving to warlord-led factions that competed for the spoils of local commerce, political power, and international aid. Malawi, on the other hand, is at the other end of the scale. During President Bingu's second term in office, the country's economy collapsed as a result of poor policies and Bingu's brand of personal politics. On the surface, Malawi's economy seemed largely stable; underneath, however, the polity was fractured and the economy broken. In between these two extremes of state failure are all manner of examples, many of which Mills explores in the fascinating and profoundly personal Why States Recover. Throughout he returns to his key questions: how do countries recover? What roles should both insiders and outsiders play to aid that process? Drawing on research in more than thirty countries, and incorporating interviews with a dozen leaders, Mills examines state failure and identifies instances of recovery in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. For anyone interested in the reasons behind states' failure, and remedies to ensure future economic stability, it is important reading.

War Veterans and the World after 1945

War Veterans and the World after 1945
Author: Ángel Alcalde,Xosé M. Núñez Seixas
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2018-03-29
ISBN: 1351119966
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

War Veterans and the World after 1945 Book Excerpt:

This book examines war veterans’ history after 1945 from a global perspective. In the Cold War era, in most countries of the world there was a sizeable portion of population with direct war experience. This edited volume gathers contributions which show the veterans’ involvement in all the major historical processes shaping the world after World War II. Cold War politics, racial conflict, decolonization, state-building, and the reshaping of war memory were phenomena in which former soldiers and ex-combatants were directly involved. By examining how different veterans’ groups, movements and organizations challenged or sustained the Cold War, strived to prevent or to foster decolonization, and transcended or supported official memories of war, the volume characterizes veterans as largely independent and autonomous actors which interacted with societies and states in the making of our times. Spanning historical cases from the United States to Hong-Kong, from Europe to Southern Africa, from Algeria to Iran, the volume situates veterans within the turbulent international context since World War II.

Picture Palace

Picture Palace
Author: Paul Theroux
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2014-10-21
ISBN: 0544352955
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Picture Palace Book Excerpt:

“Never a dull moment . . . Vivid and deft.” — New York Review of Books Maude Pratt is a legend, a photographer famous for her cutting-edge techniques and uncanny ability to strip away the masks of the world’s most recognizable celebrities and luminaries. Now in her seventies, Maude has been in the public eye since the 1920s, and her unparalleled portfolio includes intimate portraits of Gertrude Stein, Hemingway, and Picasso. While Maude possesses a singular capability to expose the inner lives of her subjects, she is obsessive about protecting her own, hiding her deepest secret in the “picture palace” of her memory. But when a young archivist comes to stay in Maude’s Cape Cod home and begins sorting through her fifty years of work, Maude is forced to face her past and come to terms, at last, with the tragedies she’s buried. “A breathtaking tale . . . Intangibly, intricately brilliant.” — Telegraph (UK)

Mother Land

Mother Land
Author: Paul Theroux
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 528
Release: 2017-05-09
ISBN: 1328664104
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mother Land Book Excerpt:

“Theroux possesses a fabulously nasty sense of humor.” — Stephen King, New York Times Book Review To those in her Cape Cod town, Mother is an exemplar of piety, frugality, and hard work. To her husband and seven children, she is a selfish, petty tyrant. She excels at playing her offspring against each other. Her favorite, Angela, died in childbirth; only Angela really understands her, she tells the others. The others include the officious lawyer, Fred; the uproarious professor, Floyd; a pair of inseparable sisters whose devotion to Mother has consumed their lives; and JP, the narrator, a successful writer whose work she disparages. As she lives well past the age of one hundred, her brood struggles with and among themselves to shed her viselike hold on them. Mother Land is a piercing portrait of how a parent’s narcissism impacts a family. While the particulars of his tale are unique, Paul Theroux encapsulates with acute clarity and wisdom a circumstance that is familiar to millions of readers. “Paul Theroux ladles a steaming cup of dysfunctional-family chowder in Mother Land.” — Vanity Fair “An engrossing, emotionally tangled and often merciless examination of family and self . . . Mother Land is a bittersweet, brutally frank family saga that offers enough redemption to make the journey worth it.” — Shelf Awareness

The Writers Directory

The Writers Directory
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2013
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Authors, American
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Writers Directory Book Excerpt:

Talking Book Topics

Talking Book Topics
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2014
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Talking books
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Talking Book Topics Book Excerpt: