Fresh-Air Fiend: Travel Writings 1985-2000

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McClelland & Stewart, Apr 1, 2001 - Voyages and travels - 480 pages
24 Reviews
Paul Theroux has been hailed as the best travel writer of his generation. Fresh-Air Fiend is an essential collection, which includes 52 remarkable pieces written over the last 15 years. Wonderfully broad in scope, thought, and feeling, the book touches down on five continents and floats through most of the seas in between. From the snowbound Maine woods, to the expectant chaos of Hong Kong on the eve of the Hand-over, to a remote island in the Pacific where the first atomic bombs were detonated, Theroux is the perfect guide – casually informative, keenly observant, wry, and entertaining. As Time has written, Theroux “serves as both the camera and the eye, and both the details and the illusions are developed with brilliance.” From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Review: Fresh Air Fiend: Travel Writings

User Review  - Steffan Meyric - Goodreads

If you're a travel lit lover but have so far found Theroux difficult (some people find his work a bit of a step up from the brilliantly readable Bill Bryson for instance), this is a great starting ... Read full review

Review: Fresh Air Fiend: Travel Writings

User Review  - Oyster - Goodreads

Paul Theroux's first collection of essays and articles devoted solely to travel writing is a gem. From a solitary trip to the Maine woods to a mad dash through Hong Kong, “Fresh Air Fiend” treads on Theroux's familiar themes, particularly becoming a stranger to discover the self. Read full review

About the author (2001)

Paul Theroux, an internationally acclaimed travel writer, is also the author of over two dozen novels and other non-fiction. He divides his time between Hawaii and Cape Cod.

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