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Paul Edward Theroux (born April 10, 1941) is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work is The Great Railway Bazaar (1975), a travelogue about a trip he made by train from Great Britain through Europe and South Asia, then South-East Asia, up through East Asia, as far east as Japan, and then back across Russia to his point of origin. April 10 is the 100th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (101st in leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... Travel writing is a literary genre related to the essay and to the guidebook. ... A novel is an extended work of written, narrative, prose fiction, usually in story form; the writer of a novel is a novelist. ... The Great Railway Bazaar is a 1975 travelogue written by the American novelist Paul Theroux. ...

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Biography

Theroux was born in Medford, Massachusetts. After he finished his university education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he joined the Peace Corps and taught in Malawi. While working there, he helped a political opponent of Hastings Banda escape to Uganda, for which he was expelled from Malawi and thrown out of the Peace Corps. He then moved to Uganda to teach at Makerere University. During his tenure at Makerere University, Theroux began his three-decade friendship with novelist V. S. Naipaul, then a visiting scholar at the university. When Uganda under Idi Amin became an unpleasant place to live, he moved again to Singapore. After two years of teaching at the University of Singapore, he settled in England, first in Dorset, and then in south London with his wife and two young children.   Settled: 1630 â€“ Incorporated: 1630 Zip Code(s): 02155 â€“ Area Code(s): 339 / 781 Official website: http://www. ... Official language(s) English Capital Boston Largest city Boston Area  Ranked 44th  - Total 10,555 sq mi (27,360 km²)  - Width 183 miles (295 km)  - Length 113 miles (182 km)  - % water 13. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... Peace Corps volunteers usually serve for two years. ... Hastings Kamuzu Banda (1902? – November 25, 1997) was the founding President and former President for Life of Malawi. ... Makerere University is Ugandas largest university. ... V.S.Naipauls 2005 book Literary Occasions Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, T.C. (born August 17, 1932, in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago), better known as V. S. Naipaul, is a Trinidadian-born British novelist of Hindu heritage and Indo-Trinidadian ethnicity. ... Idi Amin Dada (1 January 1925?–16 August 2003) was an army officer and President of Uganda (1971–1979). ... The National University of Singapores (Abbreviated NUS; Chinese: 新加坡国立大学; Abbreviated 国大) flagship Kent Ridge campus is located in the southwest of the Republic of Singapore at Kent Ridge, bounded by the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE), Clementi Road, Buona Vista Road and Kent Ridge Park, with an area of approximately 1. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq... For other uses, see Dorset (disambiguation). ... London (pronounced ) is the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. ...


Theroux currently lives in Hawaii. He is currently married to Sheila Donnelly (since November 18, 1995). He was married to Anne Castle from 1967 to 1993. He has two sons with his first wife – both of which are writers and television presenters - Marcel Theroux and Louis Theroux. This article is becoming very long. ... November 18 is the 322nd day of the year (323rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Marcel Theroux (born 1968) is a British novelist and broadcaster. ... Louis Sebastian Theroux (born May 20, 1970) is a British television presenter, best known for his series Louis Therouxs Weird Weekends and When Louis Met. ...


Literary work

His first novel, Waldo, was published during his time in Uganda and was moderately successful. He published several more novels over the next few years including Fong and the Indians and Jungle Lovers. On his return to Malawi many years later, he found that this latter novel, which was set in that country, was still banned, a story told in his book Dark Star Safari. A novel (from French nouvelle Italian novella, new) is an extended, generally fictional narrative in prose. ...


He moved to London in 1972, before setting off on an epic journey by train from Great Britain to Japan and back again. His account of this journey was published as The Great Railway Bazaar, his first major success as a travel writer. He has since written a number of other travel books, including descriptions of traveling by train from Boston to Argentina (The Old Patagonian Express), walking around England (the famously poorly-receivedThe Kingdom By The Sea) visiting China (Riding the Iron Rooster), and traveling from Cairo to Cape Town (Dark Star Safari). As a traveler he is noted for his rich descriptions of people and places, laced with a heavy streak of irony often mistaken for misanthropy. Other non-fiction by Theroux includes Sir Vidia's Shadow, an account of his personal and professional friendship with Nobel laureate V. S. Naipaul that ended abruptly after thirty years. Boston is a town and small port c. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq... now. ... V.S.Naipauls 2005 book Literary Occasions Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul, T.C. (born August 17, 1932, in Chaguanas, Trinidad and Tobago), better known as V. S. Naipaul, is a Trinidadian-born British novelist of Hindu heritage and Indo-Trinidadian ethnicity. ...


Controversy

By including versions of himself, his family, and acquaintances in some of his fiction, Theroux has occasionally disconcerted his readers. A. Burgess, Slightly Foxed: Fact and Fiction, a story originally published in The New Yorker magazine (August 7, 1995), describes a dinner at the narrator's home with author Anthony Burgess and a book-hoarding philistine lawyer who nags the narrator for an introduction to the great writer. “Burgess” arrives drunk and cruelly mocks the lawyer, who introduces himself as “a fan”. The narrator’s wife, like Theroux’s then-wife, is named Anne and she shrewishly refuses to help with the dinner. The magazine later published a letter from Anne Theroux denying that Burgess was ever a guest in her home and expressing admiration for him, having once interviewed the real Burgess for the BBC: “I was dismayed to read in your August 7th edition a story … by Paul Theroux, in which a very unpleasant character with my name said and did things that I have never said or done.” When the story was incorporated into Theroux’s novel, My Other Life (1996), the wife character is renamed Alison and reference to her work at the BBC is excised. The New Yorker is an American magazine that publishes reportage, criticism, essays, cartoons, poetry, and fiction. ... Anthony Burgess (February 25, 1917 – November 22, 1993) was an English novelist and critic. ...


Film adaptations

Saint Jack, Theroux's 1973 novel about an affable American panderer operating in Singapore during the Vietnam War, was filmed by director Peter Bogdanovich (1979). His novel Doctor Slaughter was made into a film, Half Moon Street (1986). His novel The Mosquito Coast was also made into a film of the same name (1986). Chinese Box (1997), a film about the British handover of Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China, credits Theroux as a source for the story, based on themes he explores in his 1997 novel Kowloon Tong. Saint Jack is a 1973 fictional book by Paul Theroux and a 1979 film of the same name. ... Peter Bogdanovich Peter Bogdanovich (born July 30, 1939) is an American film director and writer, born in Kingston, New York. ... The Mosquito Coast is a 1986 film, directed by Peter Weir and starring Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren. ...


List of novels

  • Waldo (1967)
  • Fong And The Indians (1968)
  • Murder In Mount Holly (1969)
  • Girls At Play (1971)
  • Jungle Lovers
  • Sinning With Annie (1972)
  • Saint Jack (1973)
  • The Black House (1974)
  • The Family Arsenal (1976)
  • The Consul's File
  • Picture Palace (1978)
  • A Christmas Card
  • London Snow
  • World's End
  
  • The Mosquito Coast (1981)
  • The London Embassy (1982)
  • Half Moon Street (1984)
  • Doctor Slaughter (1984)
  • O-Zone (1986)
  • The White Man's Burden
  • My Secret History (1989)
  • Chicago Loop (1990)
  • Millroy The Magician (1993)
  • My Other Life (1996)
  • Kowloon Tong
  • Hotel Honolulu
  • Stranger At The Palazzo D'Oro
  • Blinding Light (2006)

Saint Jack is a 1973 fictional book by Paul Theroux and a 1979 film of the same name. ... The Mosquito Coast is a 1986 film, directed by Peter Weir and starring Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren. ...

List of non-fiction books

  • The Great Railway Bazaar (1975)
  • The Old Patagonian Express (1979)
  • The Kingdom By The Sea (1983)
  • Sailing Through China
  • Sunrise With Seamonsters (1985)
  • The Imperial Way
  • Riding The Iron Rooster (1988)
  • To The Ends Of The Earth
  • The Happy Isles Of Oceania (1992)
  • The Pillars Of Hercules (1995)
  • Sir Vidia's Shadow (1998)
  • Fresh Air Fiend (2000)
  • Nurse Wolf And Dr. Sacks (2001)
  • Dark Star Safari (2002)

The Old Patagonian Express (1979) is a written account of a journey taken by novelist Paul Theroux. ... The Pillars of Hercules is a travelogue written by the American novelist Paul Theroux. ...

External links

  • Fan site
  • Peace Corps biography of Paul Theroux
  • Audio Interviews with Paul Theroux by Don Swaim of CBS Radio - RealAudio
  • Burgess as Fictional Character in Theroux and Byatt, John J. Stinson (Université d'Angers, 2000)

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Paul Theroux - Search View - MSN Encarta (451 words)
Paul Theroux, born in 1941, American novelist and travel writer, known for works based on his experiences abroad.
For the next few years, Theroux taught English at the University of Urbino in Urbino, Italy, and was a member of the faculty of English at Soche Hill College in the southeast African country of Malawi.
Theroux remained in England for several years, dividing his time between households there and in the United States, a situation that served as the subject of the novel My Secret Life (1989).
Hotel Honolulu - Paul Theroux (2230 words)
"Theroux is a sharp, unblinking storyteller with a taste for the scabrous and perverse.
Theroux balances the guests' stories with those of the more permanent residents: the hotel has some long-term residents, as well as staff, and, in particular, there is the colourful owner of the hotel, Buddy Hamstra.
Theroux writes with the easy confidence of a lifelong writer (at the beginning of the book there are two pages listing the 37 "Books by Paul Theroux").
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