The Lower River

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Penguin Books, 2013 - Africa - 323 pages
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Ellis Hock never believed that he would return to Africa. He runs an old-fashioned menswear store in a small town in Massachusetts but still dreams of his Eden, the four years he spent in Malawi with the Peace Corps, cut short when he had to return to take over the family business. When his wife leaves him, and he is on his own, he realizes that there is one place for him to go: back to his village in Malawi, on the remote Lower River, where he can be happy again. Arriving at the dusty village, he finds it transformed: the school he built is a ruin, the church and clinic are gone, and poverty and apathy have set in among the people. They remember him--the White Man with no fear of snakes--and welcome him. But is his new life, his journey back, an escape or a trap?

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Ellis Hock is a 62 year old American. His marriage is over, his business is failing...he recalls the happiest time of his life, as a young man in the Peace Corps, teaching in Malawi. He longs to ... Read full review

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Taken from PT's experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer the book is a statement about the futility of helping those who won't help themselves and the harm done by those who want to affect poverty in ... Read full review

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Paul Theroux has written many works of fiction and travel writing, including the modern classics The Great Railway Bazaar, The Old Patagonian Express, My Secret History and The Mosquito Coast. He won the Edward Stanford Award for Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing 2020.
Paul Theroux divides his time between Cape Cod and the Hawaiian islands.

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