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  • The Pillars of Hercules A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean
  • Paul Theroux
  • English
  • 09 June 2018
  • 9780399141089

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The Pillars of Hercules A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean Read ô 108 Paul Theroux ☆ 8 Characters Read & download The Pillars of Hercules A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean E Pillars of Hercules is engrossing and enlightening 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 like Theroux I like his grouchy old man act and I like the books not a fan of the novels though This one is entertaining and informative and well written It s also another example 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 example

Read & download The Pillars of Hercules A Grand Tour of the MediterraneanThe Pillars of Hercules A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean

The Pillars of Hercules A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean Read ô 108 Paul Theroux ☆ 8 Characters Read & download The Pillars of Hercules A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean 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 events; 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. 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 example is as good as any

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The Pillars of Hercules A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean Read ô 108 Paul Theroux ☆ 8 Characters Read & download The Pillars of Hercules A Grand Tour of the Mediterranean Ist's eye 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 effortless writing style observant eye and take no prisoners approach Theroux is in top form chronicling this 18 month circuit of the Mediterranean Kirkus Reviews starred revie. This is my fourth Paul Theroux travel book and the first one I am giving 3 stars instead of 4 I had high expectations and it fell somewhat flat Some parts I enjoyed reading but others were really boring Paul wasn t even sure if he wanted to write this book In his previous travel books I enjoyed 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 eastern 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 waging during that time early 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 that is 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 Syria 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 estate 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 I remember when I read his book journey through the Polynesian Islands and through China Paul was sort of restless critical and very witty This time around he has calmed down and somewhat boring 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 to each 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 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 He laughed He was busily eating spaghetti Serbs are Protestants Croats are Catholics Bosnians are Mussulmens Me I can t understand Slovene or Montenegrin or Macedonian It is like French to me Bosnian and Serbian and Croat language are almost the same But we don t speak to each other any That was the strange thing about a tourist resort without tourists The town had been adapted for people who were not there The hotels looked haunted the restaurants and shops were empty the beaches were neglected as a result and were littered and dirty Few of the shops sold anything that a native or a townie would be likely to need or could afford So the place was inhabited by real people but everything else about it seemed unrealAfter that whenever I read about troop maneuvers or politicians grandstanding or mortar attack on cities or the pettiness and terror of the war I thought about this skinny man and wife each one holding a bag pushing their little boy down the uay at Split their starved faces turned to the Mediterranean waiting for the ferry to take them away from here Are you a religious person No I have no religion he said Religion is false Christian Muslim Jewish all false Why do you think that Because they cause trouble Don t they bring peace and understanding too People should be friends I think it is easier to be friends without religion he said You can have peace without religion Peace is easier too without religion Mistress Material of the Mediterranean Kirkus Reviews starred revie. 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