Fresh-Air Fiend: Travel Writings 1985-2000

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McClelland & Stewart, Apr 1, 2001 - Voyages and travels - 480 pages
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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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FRESH AIR FIEND: Travel Writings

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

The prolific Theroux (Sir Vidia's Shadow, 1998, etc.) gives full vent to his wanderlust in this virtuoso collection of travel essays, all but one of which were written after his prior aggregation ... Read full review

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User Review  - LindaBallou - LibraryThing

Paul Theroux says normal people don’t become writers. It is just not healthy to sit in a room for hours staring intently into your own mind. He counter-balances this basically inward condition by ... Read full review

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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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