Pillars of Hercules

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Random House Publishing Group, Apr 13, 2011 - Travel - 528 pages
4 Reviews
"DAZZLING."
--Time
"[THEROUX'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. . . . The 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 Tribune
"ENTERTAINING READING . . . WHEN YOU READ THEROUX, YOU'RE TRULY ON A TRIP."
--The Boston Sunday Globe
"HIS PICARESQUE NARRATIVE IS STUDDED WITH SCENES THAT STICK IN THE MIND. He looks at strangers with a novelist's eye, and his portraits are pleasantly tinged with malice."
--The Washington Post Book World
"THEROUX AT HIS BEST . . . An armchair trip with Theroux is sometimes dark, but always a delight."
--Playboy
"AS 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 review)
 

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Had to read this for my nonfiction class, and I enjoyed it until I didn't. He is informative about the areas he goes to, and his voice is magnificent. However, to me he often comes off as a know-it ... Read full review

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Great journey. I liked the way Mediterranean coastal towns in Spain, Croatia, Israel and Tunisia were described as being more alike than their inland neighbors. Plus Theroux is a great travel ... Read full review

Contents

The Cable Car to the Rock of Gibraltar i
1
z l11e Marc Nostrum Express to Alicante 2
2
The M
24
The M V Puma Europa to Mallorca
48
The Virgen dc Guadalupe Express to Barcelona and Beyond
63
Le Grand Sud to Nice
82
The Ferry lle dc Beauté to Corsica i15 7 The Ferry lchnusa to Sardinia
146
The Ferry Torres to Sicily
162
The Ferry Villa to Calabria
183
io The Ferry Clodia from Chioggia 106
206
Throu
2-88
the Levant
335
ea Hannony to Greece
443
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About the author (2011)

PAUL THEROUX is the author of many highly acclaimed books. His novels include The Lower River and The Mosquito Coast, and his renowned travel books include Ghost Train to the Eastern Star and Dark Star Safari. He lives in Hawaii and on Cape Cod.

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