The Mosquito Coast Paperback – 11 Dec 1986
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About the Author
Paul Theroux was born in Medford, Massachusetts in 1941. He has written many works of fiction and travel writing, including The Last Train to Zona Verde, Dark Star Safari, Ghost Train to the Eastern Star, Riding the Iron Rooster, The Great Railway Bazaar, The Elephanta Suite, A Dead Hand, The Tao of Travel and The Lower River. The Mosquito Coast and Dr Slaughter have both been made into successful films. Paul Theroux divides his time between Cape Cod and the Hawaiian islands. His most recent work is Deep South, which is published by Hamish Hamilton. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
I read this when I was in Central America, but it's so absorbing that I could have been anywhere! Not a light-hearted read by any stretch, but the pages turn very quickly and I just couldn't put it down. Very strongly recommended.
What makes a good book for me is when I never want it to end. This is one of those books.
The father is ingenious, and its difficult not to admire his creativity and intellect, but he has a very cruel streak. There are a few episodes that illustrate his callous nature towards his children in the beginning of the book, but as it proceeds, his actions and attitudes become all the more chilling. The devotion of his wife and children (especially that of Charlie) show the amazing control one person can have over others.
The last three-quarters of the book are utterly gripping, as the father's inability to accept blame for his own mistakes pushes the family into extremely difficult circumstances. From here readers are kept on a knife edge to the shocking climax.
Gripping story, effective writing, interesting characters. Read this book.
Troy Parfitt is the author of Why China Will Never Rule the World
The personalities of the different characters in the book are key to understanding the plot, and they are portrayed in a way which grips the reader. The strange mind of the father pushes the family further and further into their own secluded world, shutting off the outside technology.
Overall, a must-read book! Fantastic!
The Mosquito coast is a novel, yet it is also a travel book. An American family decides to leave the States, the country is not making progress according to Father. They end up in Honduras where they manage to create a little community where they live happily, all doing their daily chores. Father even manages to build an ice machine, use fire to make ice, even in the heat of central America. Yet father goes berserk and things do not look as brightly as they did before.
Great story, difficult to put down. It does help that I have been in Honduras and have some images in my head when I read this. Apart from that I saw a great movie with Robin Williams as the brilliant, yet crazy father (apparently it already had been turned into a movie, I must have missed that one). Greatly recommended.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Poor print quality! The ink has diffused too broadly into the paper (a bit like blotting paper), resulting in blurry print which is hard to read. Read morePublished 8 months ago by PGP
Was a book club book and everyone really enjoyed this book we are going to get together to watch the film nowPublished 10 months ago by bobbie
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, it's a good story and a compelling read.Published 12 months ago by sarahem
This was a re-read for me, and so worth it. A masterful masterpiece - read it and marvel at Theroux's talentPublished 14 months ago by live consumer