Blinding Light

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Houghton Mifflin, Jun 1, 2006 - Fiction - 438 pages
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From the New York Times best-selling author Paul Theroux, Blinding Light is a slyly satirical novel of manners and mind expansion. Slade Steadman, a writer who has lost his chops, sets out for the Ecuadorian jungle with his ex-girlfriend in search of inspiration and a rare hallucinogen. The drug, once found, heightens both his powers of perception and his libido, but it also leaves him with an unfortunate side effect: periodic blindness. Unable to resist the insights that enable him to write again, Steadman spends the next year of his life in thrall to his psychedelic muse and his erotic fantasies, with consequences that are both ecstatic and disastrous.

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User Review  - Leigh - Goodreads

This was my first book by the author and I quite enjoyed it. The story of Datura brought me back to my own experience with ayahuasca in the ecuadorian oriente so I might have enjoyed reliving my own ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lemar - Goodreads

Terrific writing. I got bogged down in the lengthy sexual descriptions but was fascinated by his plot device of using the psychedelic power of ayahuasca experience and the differing wisdom of the ancient cultures of Central America and the adolescent culture of North America. Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Paul Theroux's highly acclaimed novels include Blinding Light, Hotel Honolulu, My Other Life, Kowloon Tong, and The Mosquito Coast. His renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Dark Star Safari, Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, and The Happy Isles of Oceania. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.

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