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Ivy Books, 1987 - Fiction - 535 pages
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The author of bestselling fiction (The Mosquito Coast) and nonfiction (The Great Railway Bazaar) has now written his most astonishing story yet--a novel about the future for all The Handmaid's Tale readers.

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

My favorite Theroux novel. A dark novel, it's fairly unpredictable unlike some of his others. Has an interesting undertone that makes you keep thinking that just about anything could happen on the next page... Read full review

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User Review  - hugh_ashton - LibraryThing

Re-reading this - it gets four stars from me, though I'm not sure why. It's actually a better book than a lot of people give it credit for. Paul Theroux - I am pretty sure I would dislike him as a ... Read full review

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About the author (1987)

Paul Edward Theroux was born on April 10, 1941 in Medford, Massachusetts and is an acclaimed travel writer. After attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst he joined the Peace Corps and taught in Malawi from 1963 to 1965. He also taught in Uganda at Makerere University and in Singapore at the University of Singapore. Although Theroux has also written travel books in general and about various modes of transport, his name is synonymous with the literature of train travel. Theroux's 1975 best-seller, The Great Railway Bazaar, takes the reader through Asia, while his second book about train travel, The Old Patagonian Express (1979), describes his trip from Boston to the tip of South America. His third contribution to the railway travel genre, Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China, won the Thomas Cook Prize for best literary travel book in 1989. His literary output also includes novels, books for children, short stories, articles, and poetry. His novels include Picture Palace (1978), which won the Whitbread Award and The Mosquito Coast (1981), which won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Theroux is a fellow of both the British Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Geographic Society. His title Lower River made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012. Currently his 2015 book, Deep South , is a bestseller.

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