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Paul Theroux

Paul Edward Theroux (born April 10, 1941) is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best-known work is The Great Railway Bazaar (1975). He has published numerous works of fiction, some of which were adapted as feature films. He was awarded the 1981 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Mosquito Coast, which was adapted for the 1986 movie of the same name.

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Theroux talks about the difference of characters in fiction and in real life. When we read about a location, do we really know what the people act like there? Theroux has some good points about perspective here. Good thing he lives in Hawai'i so that he has somewhere nice to return to after traveling for crazy amounts of time.

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A New York Times article about the tone of Paul Theroux's book describing his relationship with writer V. S. Naipaul.

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