The Mosquito CoastBook - 1982
Winner of the Stanford Dolman Lifetime Contribution to Travel Writing Award 2020
The Mosquito Coast - winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize - is a breathtaking novel about fanaticism and a futile search for utopia from bestseller Paul Theroux.
Allie Fox is going to re-create the world. Abominating the cops, crooks, junkies and scavengers of modern America, he abandons civilisation and takes the family to live in the Honduran jungle. There his tortured, messianic genius keeps them alive, his hoarse tirades harrying them through a diseased and dirty Eden towards unimaginable darkness.
'Stunning. . . exciting, intelligent, meticulously realised, artful' Victoria Glendinning, Sunday Times
'An epic of paranoid obsession that swirls the reader headlong to deposit him on a black mudbank of horror' Christopher Wordsworth, Guardian
'Magnificently stimulating and exciting' Anthony Burgess
American travel writer Paul Theroux is known for the rich descriptions of people and places that is often streaked with his distinctive sense of irony; his novels and collected short stories, My Other Life , The Collected Stories , My Secret History , The Lower River , The Stranger at the Palazzo d'Oro , A Dead Hand , Millroy the Magician , The Elephanta Suite , Saint Jack , The Consul's File , The Family Arsenal , and his works of non-fiction, including the iconic The Great Railway Bazaar are available from Penguin.
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An obsessive yet brilliant inventor who wants to escape the materialism and corruption of America carves out a supposed Eden in the depths of the jungles of Honduras with his family. When his mania reaches new levels, his family must survive the trouble that is brought down upon them.
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